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After 17 years of practicing law in New York City, William Renahan '94 has accumulated a wealth of experience in his field - experience that he now shares with both peers and law students.
Renahan specializes in regulation of investment companies and investment advisers. He began his career in private practice at Battle Fowler LLP and is currently a managing director and associate general counsel at Legg Mason, an investment advisory firm and a member of the S&P 500 with more than $620 billion in assets under management.
Renahan also currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, where he teaches a course on "Advanced Topics in the Investment Company Act of 1940." He has been active in public forums related to the investment management industry, including participating as a panelist for Albany Law Review's symposium, "Main Street, Wall Street and K Street: Regulating Financial Markets in New York and Beyond" and last month moderating a panel on "Key Developments in the Closed-End Fund Market" during an Investment Company Institute conference in New York City.
In a recent conversation, Renahan discussed the many experiences he has had related to his work in New York City - both the tragic, having had an office on the 39th floor of 7 World Trade Center on 09/11, and the celebratory, such as being present on the podium on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the ringing of the "opening bell" for the initial public offering of a closed-end fund. He also relayed the positive experiences that he had at Albany Law School, especially having been able to be a student of Professors Welsh and Dubroff.
Recently married, Renahan lives with his wife, Sarah, near Madison Square Park in Manhattan.