Bingham McCutcheon grabs Bear Stearns duo

Bingham McCutchen has recruited two former Bear Stearns lawyers to beef up its international securities practice.

Kenneth Kopelman, the former Bear fixed income and derivatives legal head, and the bank’s managing director of legal, Gerald Russello, will join Bingham in New York as partner and of counsel respectively.

While at Bear, Kopelman managed legal and regulatory aspects of the trading, markets and derivatives business. Kopelman was the first lawyer hired by Bear to create an in-house legal team for its derivatives services.

Bingham chairman Jay Zimmerman said: “Ken and Gerald’s arrivals underscore Bingham’s commitment to building upon our premier practice strengths in key financial markets worldwide.

“We are well positioned on the national and international fronts, and the calibre of our lawyers continues to define Bingham as a leading firm in securities.”

At Bear, Russello had responsibility for regulatory matters relating to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and federal and state regulators.

Earlier this year (16 June) The Lawyer reported on K&L Gates hiring Bear former head of the mortgage and asset backed securities division for its New York office.