Rusty McGranahan has served as the General Counsel of Focus Financial Partners since August 2015, overseeing all legal matters for the company, including its acquisition activity and assisting its partner firms with their legal issues. Rusty led Focus Financial’s legal work through its private equity round in 2017, its initial public offering in 2018 and its take private transaction in 2023. Focus Financial is a leading investor in boutique private wealth manager firms throughout the country and internationally and has grown more than five-fold since Rusty joined.
From 2006 to 2015, Rusty was a Managing Director, M&A Counsel and Corporate Secretary at BlackRock. At BlackRock, Rusty lead its legal work on board and governance, public reporting and its proprietary acquisitions, including some of the largest ever completed in the asset management industry such as the acquisition by BlackRock of Barclays Global Investors. Prior to joining BlackRock, Rusty was counsel in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate departments of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Rusty began his career as a corporate associate with White & Case, LLP and for three years was based in Eastern Europe.
In his free time, Rusty enjoys a number of activities with his wife and mostly-
grown three children. Rusty is an avid runner and has completed a number of
marathons and two Ironman triathlons.
Rusty is a Catholic University alum and graduated in 1992 with a B.A., double
majoring in Politics and Economics. He received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law
School in 1995 and has also earned the Chartered Financial
Analyst ® designation.