Marguerite C. Bateman, managing director of the Independent Directors Council, will join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan's financial services group on Sept. 11 as a partner. She will focus on mutual fund regulation and compliance, fund governance and best practices.

Bateman has been managing director of the council since it was formed in 2004. Before that, she was a senior attorney with the Investment Company Institute for 10 years.

"As Sutherland continues to expand its financial services practice, Marguerite's addition will greatly enhance the representation available to our investment management clients," said Stephen E. Roth, chairman of the practice group.

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