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Global Investment Funds 2018

Speaker(s): Anthony R.G. Nolan, Christopher D. Christian, David Harris, Michaela Walker, Peter M. Rosenblum, Sandra Lu, Sara P. Crovitz
Recorded on: Sep. 20, 2018
PLI Program #: 241989

Anthony R.G. Nolan is a partner in the New York office of K&L Gates LLP.  He has a domestic and international practice that emphasizes lending transactions, fixed income securities, structured finance, structured products and derivatives. He often works at the intersection of finance and investment management, including trading and regulation of swaps and security-based swaps, loan trading, securities lending and repo as well as traditional borrowing and leverage transactions.

Mr. Nolan has significant experience in (i) securities laws affecting asset-backed securities, corporate debt securities, and security-based swaps, (ii) commodity futures laws impacting swaps and commodity pool participants, (iii) banking laws that regulate the derivatives and securities activities of depository institutions and their affiliates including under the Volcker Rule and (iv) securities and commodities regulation of digital assets and initial coin offerings.

Mr. Nolan regularly advises clients in transactions involving the financial services, energy, transportation, equipment leasing, manufacturing, health care and real estate industries. His structured finance experience encompasses cash and synthetic securitizations and covers a wide range of financial assets including commercial loans and loan participations, aircraft and equipment leases and many types of consumer assets. He also represents investment advisers in various aspects of structured finance, both as investors and as sponsors of CLOs and other securitizations.

Mr. Nolan has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Christopher D. Christian advises U.S. and European asset managers and investment funds and their boards of directors, including U.S. registered funds, funds organized under the European Union directive on Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), and funds organized in other jurisdictions offered on a private basis.

His practice has a significant international component. He advises offshore funds on compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements and routinely counsels European retail and institutional funds on organization, registration, corporate governance, and global distribution issues. He has assisted clients in coordinating offering advisory services and various types of investment funds in compliance with local law in jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin and South America.

Mr. Christian is also the architect of Dechert’s World Compass, an innovative marketing compliance subscription service that offers investment firms advice in more than 100 jurisdictions.

Mr. Christian has been recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for registered funds and in Chambers Global as a Foreign Expert in Ireland. He has also been recognized in The Legal 500 (U.S.) in the area of mutual/registered funds.

He is the former Chair of the International Bar Association's Investment Funds Committee and was recently selected as Chair of the Irish Funds North America Distribution Working Group. He has spent considerable time working in Dechert's London office and is a frequent conference speaker.

Mr. Christian is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A.), The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D., cum laude) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., Securities and Financial Regulation).

David Harris served as Head of Emerging Technologies at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG).  In this role, Mr. Harris led a diverse team of technologists and business analysts developing blockchain technologies and creating blockchain applications.  Mr. Harris also led data strategy, which included liaising with business to identify data science problems, recruiting data scientists, and applying cognitive computing and other advanced data science techniques to a newly-created big data infrastructure.   Utilizing nearly 20 years of market structure, regulatory and business experience, Mr. Harris formulated LSEG’s blockchain strategy and served as LSEG’s primary communicator with respect to emerging technologies and fintech with customers, regulators, securities analysts, and LSEG executive management.  

Before LSEG, Mr. Harris was the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Chicago Board Option Exchange Stock Exchange (CBSX), as well as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Stock Exchange (NSX).   As a thought leader in the securities industry, Mr. Harris has testified before Congress and government agencies, served as a member of industry boards and committees, and has provided counsel during national market structure crises and periods of national market stress.  As a trained attorney, he has been a leading force for regulatory compliance at the companies he’s served.

Before CBSX and NSX, Mr. Harris worked as Senior Vice President of Business Planning and Strategy at the American Stock Exchange and was a founder of Nasdaq Liffe Markets, LLC (NQLX), a joint venture between The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. and the London Financial Futures and Options Exchange.  Early in his career, Mr. Harris was Counsel to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NASD and Nasdaq, worked as a Senior Associate at the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and was a Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

He holds a law degree from Columbus School of Law and a B.S. in International Business from Villanova University.

Peter M. Rosenblum is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP and a co-chair of its Private Equity Transactions Practice Group.  He is actively involved in the firm’s corporate, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and international practices.  His clients include private equity and venture capital funds, registered investment advisers, hedge funds, and other private funds, both onshore and offshore.  A substantial part of his practice involves representation of institutional investors in connection with their investments in private equity, venture capital, real estate, debt and other private funds.  He has structured and organized numerous partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and offshore companies employed in the management and ownership of investments in public and private securities and alternative investments.  He is principal outside counsel to numerous clients in a broad range of other industries.

Mr. Rosenblum was Chairman of Foley Hoag’s Business Department from 2008 to 2011, a member of its Executive Committee from 2013 to 2016, and Co-Managing Partner from 2000 to 2005.  He served as co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group from 2012 to 2019 and for many years was co-head of its Investment Advisers and Private Investment Funds Practice Group.  He was Chairman of the Corporate Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association from 1995 to 1997 and Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Boston Bar Association from 1997 to 1999.

Mr. Rosenblum has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1999.  He is also listed in Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Business Lawyers for private equity-buyouts and venture capital investment and corporate/mergers and acquisitions and in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Banking, Finance and Transactional Law for investment funds and private equity, and was listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business for private equity-buyouts and venture capital investment.

Mr. Rosenblum graduated, summa cum laude, from Amherst College, and received his M.A. in History from Yale University and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  Prior to entering the private practice of law, he served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice G. Joseph Tauro of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ceres, Inc. and Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc.  He is a member of the Society of Investment Law.

Mr. Rosenblum has written and lectured on a wide variety of subjects related to investment advisers and private funds.  He is the author of “Offshore/Non-U.S. Advisers” and “Overview of Institutional and Offshore Advisory Activity” in C. Kirsch, Investment Adviser Regulation (2006, 2008, 2016) and “Organization of a Private Investment Fund: Basic Structural and Legal Issues” in C. Kirsch, Financial Product Fundamentals (New York 2006, 2009, 2013).

Sara P. Crovitz provides counsel on all aspects of investment company and investment adviser regulation.

Sara’s recent speaking engagements:

  • Panelist, “The SEC’s Proposed Amendments to the Advisers Act Advertising Rule,” Stradley Ronon, Foreside Financial Group and Fidelity Investments Webcast
  • Panelist, “Proxy Voting: Funds as Investors and Issuers,” Independent Directors Council’s Fund Directors Conference
  • Panelist, “SEC Proxy Guidance for Investment Advisers,” Investment Adviser Association Webinar
  • Presenter, Investment Adviser Association's Compliance Workshop
  • Presenter, “What Directors Need to Know about Regulation Best Interest and the Standards of Conduct Rulemaking Package,” Mutual Fund Directors Forum
  • Moderator, “Offshore Regulatory Update,” Practising Law Institute’s Global Asset Management 2019

Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Sara was Deputy Chief Counsel and Associate Director at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. Sara worked at the SEC for 21 years, including 17 years in the Division of Investment Management focusing on issues under the Investment Company and Investment Advisers Acts of 1940. While in the Division, Sara supervised the provision of significant legal guidance to the investment management industry through no-action and interpretive letters, exemptive applications, IM guidance updates and other written and oral means. For many years, Sara also led the Division's international efforts, including numerous IOSCO and FSB work streams, such as private fund manager and non-bank systemically important financial institution oversight. She spoke on panels for the International Bar Association and ICI Global.

Ms. Lu has extensive experience in securities investment funds (the “Fund”) and other types of asset management business. In Fund area, Ms. Lu has provided ongoing legal services for nearly 60 domestic and foreign invested securities investment fund management companies and represented dozens of onshore and offshore financial institutions to participate in the establishment, merger and acquisition of securities investment fund management companies. Meanwhile, Ms. Lu acts as the legal advisor for nearly 500 domestic open-ended Funds in the PRC, which involve varieties of Funds including equity fund, hybrid fund, bond fund, money market fund, ETF and many innovative Funds. In addition, Ms. Lu acts as the legal advisor for dozens of QDII Funds offered in the PRC, representing domestic QDII Funds to develop cooperation with well-known offshore banks and global asset managers. Ms. Lu also has extensive experience in the operation of QFII and RQFII and is expert on assisting offshore institutions to apply for QFII and RQFII licenses and providing QFII and RQFII with legal support on ongoing legal and compliance requirements in the PRC.

Ms. Lu has extensive experience in Stock Connect, Bond Connect and Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds and is often engaged by offshore asset managers as PRC legal advisor.

Since 2016, Ms. Lu has represented a large number of well-known global asset managers to set up WFOE, QDLP WFOE and PFM WFOE in the PRC and assisted them to obtain different types of business licenses in the PRC and issue various fund products.

Ms. Lu also provides professional legal services for enterprise annuity fund, social security fund and investment mandate. Meanwhile, Ms. Lu acts as the legal advisor of kinds of asset management products issued by commercial banks and trust companies. Ms. Lu represents onshore and offshore financial institutions to provide legal services for the establishment and acquisition of joint venture securities companies as well.

Ms. Lu is often invited by regulators to provide legal advice on the latest legislation. Moreover, Ms. Lu frequently provides training on PRC asset management business for fund industry associations in Mainland China, Hong Kong, the United States and Luxembourg.

Michaela Walker is the head of the asset management and regulatory team at Eversheds Sutherland. She has more than 25 years’ experience of advising asset managers, depositaries, custodians, administrators, charities, pension schemes and other financial institutions on regulatory and product related work. She regularly advises clients on the structuring and establishment of investment funds, both onshore and offshore, the regulation of investment funds and their operators and asset management firms more generally. Michaela has been involved recently in advising clients on the impact of COVID 19 on asset management businesses, as well as advising firms on upcoming legislative changes relating to climate change and sustainability and on products with ESG characteristics.  She also advises on the impact of Brexit and other key regulatory changes.  She regularly contributes to industry publications and speaks at seminars and is named as a leading individual in Legal 500 and Chambers.