John V. O'Hanlon


John V. O'Hanlon


Boston | One International Place, 40th Floor, 100 Oliver Street, Boston, MA, United States of America 02110-2605
+1 617 728 7111 | +1 617 426 6567


John V. O’Hanlon represents investment managers, investment funds and their boards of directors, and other financial institutions in corporate, regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters. He has over 25 years of securities legal experience, including five years on the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management.

Since 2007, Mr. O’Hanlon has been recognized as a leading lawyer for investment funds by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers based on the opinions of their peers and clients. The most recent edition states that “he is very client-focused and very responsive." Past editions have noted that he is “exceptionally knowledgeable, efficient and effective in rendering legal advice." Clients commented that he is a "valued partner” and that he “maintains his strong reputation in the registered funds community, with an impressive track record counseling insurance companies, fund managers, independent trustees and major financial institutions.” They also note that he has “a great sense of how regulators will react to various proposals.” He has also been recognized in The Legal 500 (US), a past edition noting that he is “able to act as both advocate and trusted adviser.” For the last several years, Mr. O’Hanlon has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in mutual funds law.

  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1984
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989, cum laude
  • Massachusetts
  • Federal Securities Law Committee, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Investment Companies and Investment Advisers Committee, Boston Bar Association, 2010-2012
Speaking Engagements
  • Liquidity Management and Mutual Funds — Presented by the Boston Bar Association, Boston (March 30, 2016)
  • New Developments in Fixed Income — Mutual Fund Directors Forum Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2014)
  • Navigating the New Regulatory Structure Governing Money Market Funds — Dechert LLP, Webinar (April 8, 2010)
  • Risk Management Concepts and Governance Practices — Dechert LLP, Webinar (January 21, 2010)
  • Amendments to Custody Rule and Pay-to-Play Proposal — Investment Adviser Association 2009 Compliance Workshop, Boston, MA (October 15, 2009)
  • Summary Prospectus and Related Amendments to Form N-1A — Dechert LLP, Webinar (March 12, 2009)
  • Business Continuity and Disclosure and Form ADV Proposal — Investment Adviser Association / Fall 2008 Compliance Workshop, Boston, MA (November 12, 2008)
  • Understanding the Proposed Short-Form Prospectus for Mutual Funds — Dechert LLP, Webinar (January 17, 2008)
  • Challenges to Directors of Investment Companies — Directors Roundtable and National Leadership Institute, Boston, MA (November 8, 2007)
  • Advertising and Best Execution — Investment Adviser Association Compliance Workshop, Boston, MA (September 27, 2007)
  • Mutual Fund Disclosure Reform — Act Attorneys Association of Connecticut, Hartford, CT (June 12, 2007)