Thomas Hiller > Ropes & Gray LLP > Boston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ropes & Gray LLP
BOSTON, MA 02199
United States

Work Department

Asset Management


Partner, Co-Head


Tom is a partner in the asset management group and co-head of the firm’s registered funds practice group. His practice focuses on the investment management industry. He represents investment advisers to a range of investment products, including mutual funds, ETFs, hedge funds, commodity pools and separate accounts. Tom also provides ongoing advice to mutual funds and their independent trustees/directors. He has extensive experience with the following types of matters, among others: the organization of mutual funds, hedge funds and investment advisers; director duties with regard to advisory agreements and Rule 12b-1 plans; investment adviser registration issues; general conflicts and fiduciary duty issues; closed-end fund activist issues; fund reorganizations; fund-of-fund and master/feeder issues; affiliated transactions; and regulatory and compliance issues of all kinds affecting investment management industry clients.


  • JD, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1994; University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • BA, magna cum laude, Colgate University, 1991; Phi Beta Kappa

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds

The ‘incredibly bright, thoughtful and deep‘ offering at Ropes & Gray LLP fields ‘experts in almost every aspect of the industry‘ – this breadth allows the team to serve as regular counsel for over 2,000 registered funds of all types, or their independent directors. The New York and Boston offices are key locations for the group; the former fields Bryan Chegwidden, a co-head of the practice who ‘is nothing less than outstanding‘, while the latter is home to his leadership counterparts Thomas Hiller and James Thomas, as well as eminent practitioner John Loder. The team’s workload spans the gamut of work in this area, from regulatory, compliance, and governance issues to trading activities, investments, and M&A. ESG and responsible investing has been a particular focus of late, with the firm assisting leading names such as Pax World Funds in this space.

United States > Finance > Financial services regulation

Ropes & Gray LLP draws on its expertise in the investment fund space to provide regulatory advice to prominent investment management and private equity funds. The team is particularly active in helping these clients to ensure that their broker-dealer work complies with SEC and FINRA regulations; the practice also advises clients engaged in derivatives trading on CFTC compliance. Elsewhere, Jason Brown specializes in advising on matters involving the Investment Advisers Act. The sizeable team is jointly led by Brown, Thomas Hiller  and James Thomas in Boston; Brynn Rail, Bryan Chegwidden and Eva Carman in New York; and Joel Wattenbarger and Leigh Fraser, who work across the two offices.