JAMES B. BIERY is a partner in the Investment Products and Derivatives group in Chicago. He advises and represents clients in securities and derivatives-related regulatory and corporate matters, including the organization, operation and offering of interests in U.S. and offshore hedge funds, funds-of-funds, commodity pools, private equity and control/distressed debt funds, the organization and operation of investment advisers, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisers, and fund restructurings. Jim is listed in The Best Lawyers of America for Private Funds and Hedge Funds Law and is listed in Who’s Who Legal for Private Funds.
Jim is part of Sidley’s Investment Funds practice team that has won numerous top awards as a provider of legal services to the private funds industry: two-time winner of Chambers and Partners’ “Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S.”; Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine’s 2014 Alpha Awards top “onshore” (U.S.) law firm serving the hedge fund industry; four-time recipient of first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Derivatives and Futures Law; and ranked in the top band for Hedge Funds by Chambers USA every year since 2008.
Before going to law school, Jim was an analyst at Inland Trading Company, a proprietary bond futures trading firm then active on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.