Robert W. Helm


Robert W. Helm


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
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Robert W. Helm, a leader of Dechert’s financial services practice group, represents some of the world’s leading investment management firms, investment funds and their boards of directors.

Mr. Helm has consistently been recognized as one of the leading practitioners in his field by publications such as The Legal 500 (US), US News and World Report’s "Best Lawyers in America," and Practical Law Company’s Investment Funds Handbook. In 2017, he was named to the Legal 500’s inaugural “Hall of Fame” in recognition of his consistently high reviews from both clients and peers. He has been listed as a leading lawyer for registered funds by Chambers USA since the publication’s inception. In its most recent edition, Chambers noted that he is "an outstanding lawyer and a top-tier expert in representing registered funds and their boards of directors.” Clients have described Mr. Helm as “a lawyer’s lawyer,” “one of the very best” and “among a small handful of elite lawyers who can be called ‘go-to’ in this industry sector.” He also has been cited for being “an industry leader who contributes to judicial and industry regulatory initiatives” and for his “superb combination of knowledge and practicality.”
Mr. Helm’s clients include registered investment companies, private funds, European registered funds (UCITS), and traditional and alternative investment funds organized in other jurisdictions offered on a public and private basis. He also counsels clients on regulatory compliance, litigation, and enforcement matters. He contributes to industry regulatory and judicial initiatives. He represented the Mutual Fund Directors Forum filing as amicus curiae in the seminal Jones v. Harris Assocs. L.P., 559 U.S. 335 (2010) case and in Investment Company Institute, et al., v. United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 891 F.Supp. 2d 162 (D.D.C. 2012), aff’d. 720 F.3d 370 (D.C. Cir. 2013).

Mr. Helm is a frequent conference speaker and author of numerous articles on U.S. and international investment management. He co-chaired the Practising Law Institute’s program on “The Revolution in Mutual Fund Governance.” He is a member and former chair of the Investment Funds Committee of the International Bar Association and member and past chair of the organizing committee of the IBA/NICSA conference on the Globalisation of Investment Funds. He was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and is a member of the Independent Counsel Advisory Board of the Independent Directors Council. He serves on the editorial board of The Investment Lawyer.

Mr. Helm’s not-for-profit activities include membership in the Life Guard Society of Mt. Vernon, and on the boards of the SEC Historical Society, the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, and the Washington, DC Area Council of the American Enterprise Institute.

  • Stanford University, A.B., 1979, with Distinction
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1982, Fulbright-Hays Direct Exchange Fellow to Italy (1982-83) and Attaché de Recherche, European University Institute, 1982-84
  • District of Columbia
  • New York