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Fred Leech is a Partner with Leech Tishman’s Corporate Practice Group, and is also a member of the LaunchPad legal group. Fred focuses on providing legal advisory services to business clients on acquisition transactions, securities matters and financings.

Fred has served as lead or co-lead legal counsel on a number of significant acquisition transactions, including:

  • The representation of Mellon Financial Corporation in the combination with The Bank of New York Corporation to form The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
  • The sale by Mellon Financial Corporation of its retail bank to Citizens Financial
  • The acquisition by Northill Capital (London) of a majority equity interest in Riverbridge Partners (US-based investment adviser)

Fred regularly assists clients in capital markets transactions. Representative transactions include the issuance of equity securities in connection with the acquisition of multi-family assets in select U.S. markets utilizing general solicitation private placement exemptions authorized under the JOBS Act.

Fred also regularly represents SEC and state registered investment advisers in regulatory, compliance and acquisition matters.

Fred is an active firm leader. He currently is Chair of Leech Tishman’s Corporate Practice Group and has served on the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Fred was Partner with Reed Smith, and served for 15 years as Practice Leader of Reed Smith’s Financial Services and Investment Management Practice Groups.


J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania


Reed Smith

Professional Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association

Professional Accolades

Best Lawyers Pittsburgh: Banking and Finance Law (2015-2018)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (1995-2017)
The Best Lawyers in America: Banking and Finance Law (2015-2018)

Community Involvement

Fox Chapel Borough (Board Member)
Fox Chapel Area School District (Board Member)
Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania (Board Member)
CLO of Pittsburgh (Board Member)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Board Member)

Speeches & Presentations

"Fifty Shades of Green- Capital Formation Opportunities under the JOBS Act," MIT Enterprise Forum-Pittsburgh (2016, Pittsburgh, PA)

"Personal Securities Trading, Ethics and Compliance," The Knowledge Group (2016, Pittsburgh, PA)

"The JOBS Act and Rule 506(c)- Opportunities and Challenges," Leech Tishman Continuing Education (2016, Pittsburgh, PA)

“Acquisition of an Investment Adviser- Definitive Documentation and Due Diligence Considerations,” Reed Smith University (2014, Pittsburgh, PA)

“Regulation of Municipal Advisers,” Reed Smith University (2014, Pittsburgh, PA)

“Regulation of U.S. Investment Advisers; Applicable Exemptions and Exceptions,” Reed Smith University (2014, Pittsburgh, PA)

“The Impact of Dodd-Frank on the Investment Advisor Community,” Reed Smith University (2011, Pittsburgh, PA)

“Dodd-Frank- What Happened and What’s Next,” Reed Smith Dodd-Frank Teleseminar Series (2011, Teleseminar)

“Overview of Bank Exemptions from Broker Registration and Regulation R,” Reed Smith University (2008, Pittsburgh, PA)