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David Mrazik Joins MarketCounsel Executive Leadership Team

  • David M. Mrazik joins as both a Managing Director of MarketCounsel and the Managing Partner of the Hamburger Law Firm
  • The former Managing Director and General Counsel of Focus Financial Partners will lead the firm’s professional services teams
  • A Harvard Law School graduate, Mrazik adds to the roster of Ivy League-trained executives that have recently joined MarketCounsel and the Hamburger Law Firm

Englewood, N.J. – September 02, 2015 – MarketCounsel, the leading business and regulatory consulting firm to the country’s preeminent entrepreneurial investment advisors, today announced that David M. Mrazik has joined as both a Managing Director of MarketCounsel and the Managing Partner of the Hamburger Law Firm, its affiliated law firm, bringing with him an abundance of technical expertise and industry knowledge.

Most recently, Mrazik was the General Counsel and a Managing Director of Focus Financial Partners, LLC, where he was responsible for overseeing and advising on all aspects of the internal and external legal affairs of the company and its numerous affiliated subsidiary businesses. While at Focus, Mrazik provided leadership for the company’s mergers and acquisitions activity, offered oversight and guidance on various business development and operations initiatives and led its legal, compliance and regulatory programs.

“As founder of these firms, it’s both humbling and empowering to be in a position to attract someone of David’s caliber and capabilities,” said Brian Hamburger, CEO of MarketCounsel. “I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with him for years and I couldn’t be more excited to now be working alongside him as a partner, completely aligned in our vision. This is a big impact hire for us.”

A veteran of prominent, high-profile law firms, Mrazik started his career in law at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP as an associate in their Corporate and Financial Services Department. While there, Mrazik represented numerous public and private clients in mergers, stock and asset sales, venture capital investments and other transactions, in addition to serving as an outside general counsel and regulatory resource. He next joined the M&A and Private Equity Department of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he led numerous transactions and other client engagements covering a broad range of industries and subject matter.

“MarketCounsel is without peer in the RIA industry when it comes to its ability to handle complex business, legal, regulatory and compliance matters and support growing advisers,” says Mrazik. “In my role at Focus, I had the opportunity to see Brian and his team in action on many occasions — they are fierce champions of independence and the fiduciary standard, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead the firm’s professional services team. This is, without question, a defining moment — there aren’t many times as a professional when you can see the path forward to building something truly extraordinary in the right industry and at the right time.”

As a Managing Director of MarketCounsel and the Managing Partner of the Hamburger Law Firm, Mrazik will be working hand-in-hand with Brian Hamburger. He will assume direct supervision over the firm’s professional service business units, while Managing Directors Ed Slezak and Marc Cohen will head the firm’s operations and lead strategy, innovation and development, respectively. Mrazik will also serve as a trusted senior partner to clients with regard to various corporate counsel, strategic consulting, transactional and crisis management initiatives.

Mrazik’s hire is a continuation of Hamburger’s initiative, “MarketCounsel Rising,” a dedicated effort to add depth to the counsel and services offered to the firm’s clients and cement the firm’s reputation as the preeminent leader among business, legal, regulatory compliance counsel to independent investment advisors.

Last month, MarketCounsel demonstrated the success of this campaign with the hire of Managing Director and General Counsel, Ed Slezak (formerly of 1-800FLOWERS, Crumbs Bake Shop, Aéropostale, and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft). Before that, the firm’s business and transactional resources were bolstered by the addition of Andrew Greenstein (formerly of Knight Capital Group) and Mark Simmelkjaer (formerly of Akin Gump). Andrew Wels (formerly of Bloomberg, Cantor Fitzgerald, TD, JP Morgan, FINRA, and the SEC) and Richard Chen (formerly of Hedge Fund Law Report, Arnold and Porter, Schulte Roth, and K&L Gates) added to the firm’s regulation and compliance resources.

Loren Morris, MarketCounsel’s Director of Strategic Development, joined the firm earlier this year. “It’s been fascinating to listen to Brian paint this picture of ‘MarketCounsel Rising’ and see so many aspects come to fruition so quickly,” said Morris. “This is a very exciting place to be. We seem to be at the center of all things interesting, and bringing David on board is the latest evidence of that.”

Morris (formerly of Schwab Institutional and Dynasty Financial Partners), was among the first of about 20 people to join the firm this year. “It’s been a careful balance between deep industry knowledge and remarkable business experience; but all along, we haven’t wavered on drawing upon impeccable academic credentials and remarkable people who resonate with our core values. They’re MarketCounsellors, for sure,” said Marc Cohen, a 12-year veteran of the firm and one of its Managing Directors.

“The hiring of David Mrazik is a real coup for MarketCounsel,” says Rich Gill, Managing Director at AMG Wealth Partners. “David is one of the brightest business and legal minds in our industry and his ability to find creative, business-focused solutions in a complex legal and regulatory landscape is invaluable. I very much look forward to working with him again as a key business partner.”

“MarketCounsel’s ability to attract talent from some of the top firms in our industry speaks to the firm’s commitment to providing best in class service to their clients,” opined Mindy Diamond, President of Diamond Consultants. “David Mrazik certainly knows our industry and will be a real asset to MarketCounsel clients.”

Mr. Mrazik and the other recent additions to the team strengthen MarketCounsel’s roster ahead of The MarketCounsel Summit, the most significant annual gathering of the independent advisory community’s best and brightest. This year’s MarketCounsel Summit will be held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach from December 7th-11th, 2015. Agenda and speaker announcements will begin after Labor Day.

To speak with a MarketCounsel spokesperson regarding this news release, or to register as a member of the press for the MarketCounsel Summit, contact: marketcounsel@ficommpartners.com

About MarketCounsel

MarketCounsel is the leading business and regulatory consultancy to the country’s preeminent independent investment advisers at all stages throughout their lifecycle. From its roots in 2000, MarketCounsel has been steadfast in its mission to deliver solutions to the most substantial challenges faced by entrepreneurs in this fast-growing and highly-regulated industry, and it has emerged as one of its most effective advocates.

From the initial launch of a registered investment adviser to its compliance management platform, and from its business growth to its succession strategies, MarketCounsel consistently delivers trusted counsel and an extraordinary service model by leveraging the finest minds in the industry, advanced technologies and sound business processes. The consultancy’s annual event, the MarketCounsel Summit, has become the premier gathering for the country’s leading growth-oriented, independent investment advisers, and serves as both a spark and catalyst for conversation among the industry’s leaders. Visit www.marketcounsel.com for more information.