PRIVATE COMPANY CORPORATE COUNSEL
ANDREW J. DUNBAR: Bel Air Investment Advisors, LLC - General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Andy Dunbar joined Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC in 2015. He came to Bel Air, as well as its Management Committee, shortly after its acquisition by a large foreign asset manager. Dunbar performs a leadership role and has been instrumental in navigating and integrating (along with addressing the associated challenges) of becoming a part of a new, global ownership structure and brand.
Shortly after joining, he helped the firm navigate a massive undertaking of a custodian conversion; required re-papering of all accounts and implementing and integrating new trading system. Dunbar helped the firm and its parent company implement a Board of Directors charter and structure; and currently also serves as the Corporate Secretary. And that’s not all. Dunbar wears multiple hats at Bel Air in that he is also the GC/CCO of its affiliated broker dealer (Bel Air Securities LLC), and as such is licensed with FINRA as a broker-dealer supervisor.
NICOLE DUCKETT FRICKE: Los Angeles Clippers -General Counsel and Vice President
Nicole Duckett Fricke is the General Counsel and Vice President of the LA Clippers. As the first ever General Counsel of the Clippers organization and the first African American woman to serve as chief legal officer of an NBA franchise, Duckett Fricke has built the Legal Department from the ground up. She serves as the team’s chief legal officer and advises the organization on a variety of issues including corporate governance, compliance and team operations.
Since graduating from law school, Duckett Fricke has demonstrated a commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession through her participation on the boards of various non-profit organizations and through her own efforts at the Clippers. Duckett Fricke has served as a board member for the Fulfillment Fund, and at the Clippers, her dedication to diversity is reflected in the members of the outstanding in-house legal team that she has assembled, as well as in her commitment to the use of diverse outside counsel who meet the organization’s high standards.
JENNIFER ISHIGURO: Gateway One Lending & Finance - Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President
As a first generation Japanese-American female lawyer, Jennifer Ishiguro not only has an extraordinary educational pedigree, but she has been at the top of her field in both a private law firm and in-house counsel roles. Becoming the first general counsel for Gateway One was a role she took on fearlessly, and as the first woman and minority executive of the company.
Ishiguro leveraged her leadership experience at Toyota, where she managed six of the 17 attorneys in the Legal Department and led a cross-functional business team which performed a five-year market assessment and recommended strategic initiatives to executive management, and applied them at Gateway One, a smaller, growth-stage company. She works with the other executives, helping to formulate the company’s goals and strategic objectives, given her deep understanding of the auto finance business. After first assessing the legal, regulatory and compliance risks faced by the company, Ishiguro re-focused her team’s attention and priorities on those areas of greatest concern.
GLENN NIEVES: Wilcon - General Counsel, Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary
As General Counsel of Wilcon, the premier West Coast provider of best-in-class fiber optic network and data center infrastructure solutions, Glenn Nieves oversees all of the company’s legal, regulatory, compliance, HR and government affairs matters.
During his tenure at Wilcon, Nieves has successfully led the acquisition and integration of four operating subsidiaries. He has also been a vital catalyst in quadrupling Wilcon’s workforce while still maintaining and enhancing Wilcon’s company culture. Most significantly, however, Nieves served as the lead executive for the sale of Wilcon to Crown Castle, announced in April of this year, for which he interfaced with the company’s investment banker, bidders, board of directors, and outside counsel. Prior to the announcement of the sale, Nieves had led a crucial 18-month initiative to educate cities on the benefits of deploying fiber in their central business districts. The success of this initiative was a testament to Nieves’ leadership and ability to build relationships with municipalities and governmental agencies.
For reprint and licensing requests for this article, CLICK HERE.