Clair E Pagnano


State Street Financial Center, One Lincoln Street
Boston, MA 02111-2950

United States of America

Ms. Pagnano concentrates her practice on the representation of registered investment companies and their investment advisors. She regularly advises open and closed-end investment companies and their boards of directors on issues related to new fund development and launch, compliance and regulatory issues, including the implementation of new rules, fund mergers, liquidations, and restructuring transactions. Ms. Pagnano has extensive experience advising funds and advisers on closed-end fund matters. Through her representation of some of the largest closed-end fund sponsors, Ms. Pagnano has served as lead counsel on dozens of initial public offerings, preferred share offerings, leverage refinancing transactions, proxy contests, tender offers, mergers, liquidations and open-ending transactions. Ms. Pagnano has worked extensively representing advisers and funds with respect to the use of alternative investment strategies and asset classes. She also has experience working with alternative structures including closed-end interval fund and closed-end tender offer funds.

Ms. Pagnano also regularly advises on exemptive applications and no-action letter requests to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Pagnano also works closely with funds and advisers chief compliance officers on all aspects on compliance issues.


  • B.A., Colby College (1996)
  • J.D., University of Maine School of Law (1999)


Bar of Massachusetts, Bar of Maine, Bar of New York
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