louis joined nea in 2001 and is responsible for day-to-day legal issues as they pertain to nea's investments, partnerships, operations and regulatory compliance in the u.s. and abroad. he is also responsible for structuring and implementing new strategic initiatives for the firm. prior to joining nea, louis was a senior vice president and general counsel of ing group n.v.'s united states mutual fund operations, which he joined at its inception and helped grow to over 20 fund offerings with more than $1.5 billion under management. louis started his career in the financial services practice of the law firm kramer levin naftalis & frankel in new york city, specializing in venture capital operating companies, domestic and off-shore hedge funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, investment advisers and broker-dealers. louis served on the board of directors of deutsche bank’s topiary funds as well as the conflicts advisory board of the off-shore hedge funds managed by deutsche asset management's absolute return strategies group. he earned an ab in economics from duke university (magna cum laude), a jd from duke university school of law, and an llm in taxation from new york university school of law.