Jeemin Chung is a Senior Counsel in the Investments Division of Thrivent Financial. She advises Thrivent’s Private Investments Group with respect to private placement transactions and private fund investments. Prior to Thrivent, she was a corporate associate at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, New York, where her practice focused on private funds and investment management. Jeemin received her B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.
Jeemin joined ACIC to become a part of the community of lawyers representing institutional investors in connection with private investments, and to stay current with the issues unique to the industry. She hopes to connect with the strong network of attorneys servicing the industry and contribute to the growth and development of this great forum.
Dorothy L. Foster is Of Counsel in the Hartford, Connecticut office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Dorothy focuses her practice on domestic and cross border private placement financings, secured and unsecured debt and equity investments and mergers related to bankruptcy proceedings. She regularly represents institutional investors, financial institutions and hedge funds in a variety of domestic and cross-border financial transactions, including purchases of privately placed debt and equity securities, secured and unsecured lending transactions, mezzanine finance and other subordinated debt and equity investments. Previously, Dorothy was a law clerk for Hon. Flemming L Norcott, Jr., for the Connecticut Supreme Judicial Court. Dorothy has been recognized as one of Connecticut’s up-and-coming young professionals in Connecticut Magazine.
Dorothy has been attending ACIC conferences for many years and has found them to be a valuable opportunity to connect on a more personal level with clients and other attorneys representing institutional investors and to get a better sense of the issues of greatest concern to clients in the private placement market. She decided to join the ACIC so that she could engage more deeply with other members through participation on committees and other volunteer opportunities, all of which she hopes will enrich her legal practice and allow her to forge meaningful relationships with other members.
Gregory Hartmann is a member of the Corporate and Financial Services Groups of Sadis & Goldberg LLP in New York. He advises a wide variety of asset managers and investors. Prior to joining the firm, Gregory was Corporate Counsel and Vice President in the Retirement Law Group of Prudential, where he supported the pension risk transfer business. Before that, Gregory was Deputy General Counsel at PineBridge Investments and Associate General Counsel at AIG Investments, where he was the head of the legal department’s Asset Management Group in New York. Before joining AIG, Gregory was the general counsel of a private equity and hedge fund manager. Prior thereto, he was general counsel to an investment bank, and also general counsel to a venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hartmannprivate was in private practice in New York. Gregory earned a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, an M.A. from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from The University of Notre Dame.
Gregory joined the ACIC in part because of its very strong educational programs on legal issues and market practices, as well as to be able to further network with friends and colleagues in the institutional investment space.
Christopher Tucker is Counsel at Lincoln Financial Group. Chris works in the Greensboro, North Carolina office where he advises clients with respect to private placements, derivative transactions and general investment matters. Chris joined Lincoln in 2014. Prior to joining Lincoln, he was an associate at law firms in Charlotte, NC where his practice focused on business law, corporate finance and M&A transactions. Chris received a B.S. in Engineering from North Carolina State University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
With the exception of some limited municipal bond work, Chris’ prior experience in private practice did not overlap with the private placement market. By joining the ACIC, he hopes to become better acquainted with the marketplace and the professionals representing market participants. Chris has attended two ACIC forums and found both to be informative and engaging. He believes the ACIC will be a positive factor in his continuing development as a USPP practitioner.
Heather Wenzel is an Associate in the Hartford, Connecticut office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Heather frequently represents institutional investors, financial institutions, hedge funds and other lenders in a wide variety of matters that span various industries and sectors. She focuses her practice primarily on domestic and cross border finance transactions which include secured and unsecured debt financings, private placements, syndicated bank and mezzanine financing as well as restructuring matters.
Heather sought to join the ACIC since she devotes a substantial amount of her time to representing institutions investors. Joining the ACIC an an opportunity to learn from others in the industry and to draw on their experiences so that Heather is able to better serve her clients. Heather appreciates that the ACIC provides a forum to collaborate with others in the institutional investor community on complex legal issues and the changes the institutional investor community is facing.