BOSTON, MA - January 17, 2017 - GW&K Investment Management (GW&K), a dynamic investment management firm offering active equity and fixed income investment solutions to meet the needs of a diverse client base, today announced that Lewis Collins has joined GW&K as general counsel, a newly created position at the firm. Collins will have responsibility for managing the firm's legal, regulatory compliance, and risk matters.
Prior to joining GW&K, Collins served as senior vice president and senior counsel at Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG). While at AMG, he oversaw U.S. legal and regulatory compliance for AMG Affiliates across a broad range of areas, including investment management, employment, regulatory, real estate, and licensing. Before that, he was an attorney in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray where he represented a diverse group of clients including investment management firms, mutual funds and sports organizations.
In commenting on the new position, T. Williams Roberts, partner and co-president of GW&K, an AMG Affiliate, noted that bringing this legal expertise in-house will be beneficial to both the firm and its clients as GW&K's business reach expands beyond the United States and the firm grows its roster of strategies, investment vehicles and mix of client types.
"As the firm continues to mature, and in a world of increasing complexity, we are focused on supporting our business with highly talented experts who can make an immediate contribution," said Thomas F.X. Powers, partner and co-president of GW&K. "Lewis has been actively involved with our legal and compliance activities for the past eight years through our partnership with AMG, and now as part of GW&K's team, he will be a valuable resource as we move forward."
"I'm very happy to be joining GW&K," said Collins. "Given the success the firm continues to enjoy, and my years of partnering with the firm, I look forward to the opportunity to leverage my experience to help the business continue to expand while effectively managing risk."
Collins, who is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He is active in investment industry organizations, including the Investment Adviser Association and the Investment Company Institute.
About GW&K Investment ManagementGW&K was founded in 1974 to offer innovative investment solutions consistent with its clients' objectives. The firm first achieved recognition for its municipal bond portfolio management and it remains one of the cornerstones of its investment offerings. Through the years, the firm has successfully introduced a range of equity and taxable bond strategies for individual investors and, more recently, for the institutional space where the firm continues to successfully expand its footprint.
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