Byron Bowman '75 Named General Counsel at fi360
From Corporate Counsel:
For Byron Bowman, landing the job as general counsel at the fiduciary education and financial services firm fi360 is a big return on the long-term investments of his career.
“I’m really excited about this position,” said Bowman. “I have the opportunity to act as a general counsel during the growth of an up-and-coming company, and I’m particularly interested in the business side, too: the application of the fiduciary standard.”
Bowman brings three decades of investment-management experience to the growing Pittsburgh-based company. He was connected to fi360 through a client during the two and half years that he has been principal of his own firm.
He is unabashedly enthusiastic about having the opportunity to bring together the legal and investment threads of his career. “This is a great opportunity to contribute to the profession and industry I’ve been a part of for 30 years. It’s a little like riding off into the sunset—or at least it’s something I’m happy I’m able to do before the end of my career,” Bowman said. “fi360 represents the good guys. I really think they raise the bar. And it’s so great that I can leave a mark on the industry.”
Bowman steps into the shoes of former GC Kristina Fausti Broumand, who will be staying on with fi360 as senior counsel. “She will be a tremendous help,” Bowman said. “She’s done a great job of laying the foundation here.”
The new GC will be responsible for advising the fi360 administration on legal matters, as well as keeping the company up to date on changes in fiduciary regulations and legislation affecting the financial services industry.
“Byron’s substantial legal and investment advisory expertise is essential to support fi360’s growth initiatives,” said fi360 CEO Blaine Aikin, in a statement. “He will also be a central resource for our robust network of designees,” Aikin added. The firm’s size has more than doubled over the course of four years, and has expanded in Canada and the Pacific region in the last year.
Prior to running his own firm, Bowman worked as general counsel at Hansberger Global Investors. He has also spent time as a lawyer at Reed Smith LLP and Vedder Price, and was an in-house attorney at Federated Investors for 16 years.
Bowman received an undergraduate degree in social science from Michigan State University, and earned his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School.