Bingham McCutchen has hired Kenneth A. Kopelman, former head of Bear Stearns fixed-income and derivatives legal groups, and Gerald Russello, former managing director of Bear Stearns legal department. Kopelman joins as a partner, and Russello as of counsel.

At Bear Stearns from 1993 to 2008, Kopelman held several key positions. He was a senior managing director of the legal department where he managed legal and regulatory aspects of the trading, markets and derivatives businesses for the global investment banking and securities firm. He was also a founding member of the firm’s new products committee and a member of its president’s advisory council. Kopelman was the first lawyer hired to build a legal team to service Bear Stearns’ newly established derivatives business in 1993.

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