The Investment Adviser Association announced Thursday that Robert Grohowski will become the trade group’s new general counsel, replacing Karen Barr, who now serves as IAA’s president and CEO.

“Bob brings a wealth of experience and insight on issues affecting the investment management community,” said Barr in a statement. “His deep expertise and knowledge of the regulatory landscape will be of great benefit to our members. Bob is ideally suited to lead our talented and dedicated legal team.”

Barr, IAA’s longtime general counsel, became the association’s new president and CEO in November, replacing David Tittsworth, who led the association since 1996.

Grohowski, who will start at IAA in March, is currently an associate general counsel with the Investment Company Institute (ICI), with primary responsibility for a wide range of issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He previously led the ICI’s International Affairs department. 

At IAA, he will have responsibility for the wide range of legal and regulatory matters affecting IAA and its members.

Grohowski was in private practice prior to joining ICI in 1998, first with Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Townsend) in Atlanta and then with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, D.C.

He received a B.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He also received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the editorial board for the Virginia Journal of International Law.