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Broker-Dealer and Adviser Regulatory Compliance Forum 2013

Speaker(s): Anna T. Pinedo, Christopher D. Christian, Clifford E. Kirsch, Jesse P. Kanach, Robert B. Kaplan, Stephanie Nicolas
Recorded on: Feb. 20, 2013
PLI Program #: 41410

Jesse Kanach is a partner in the firm's Investment Funds group. He regularly represents a wide range of financial institutions, including registered and private funds and investment advisers, on a variety of regulatory, corporate and transactional matters. His practice ranges from the formation and offering of hedge funds and registered open- and closed-end investment companies, to the representation of independent directors and trustees, to sales and acquisitions of investment advisory firms. 

Mr. Kanach represents institutional investors on their investments, including in private equity, hedge, energy and real estate funds, and in negotiating separate account agreements.  He advises on various fund structures including onshore and offshore funds, master-feeders, special purpose vehicles and funds of funds. He counsels investment managers on compliance reviews and internal investigations. He frequently advises companies on exceptions from U.S. Investment Company Act registration. Based in Washington, D.C., his focus has included tracking developments in the changing legislative and regulatory framework applicable to the asset management industry.

Mr. Kanach's articles and media quotations have appeared in BNA Privacy Law Report, BNA Securities Regulation and Law Report, Board IQ, Hedge Fund Law Report, Investment Lawyer (January, March and November 2012 issues), Private Equity International, and Wolters Kluwer's Practical Compliance & Risk Management for the Securities Industry, among others. He has contributed chapters to Investment Adviser Regulation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Compliance and the Law (Practising Law Institute 2012), The Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital (VCExperts 2012) and The US Private Equity Fund Compliance Guide (PEI 2010).

Selected Professional Affiliations and Business Activities

  • Conference Panelist, "Private Equity Fund Sponsors: Advisers Act Considerations When Structuring a Fund," Private Equity Structuring: The Basics (hosted by New York City Bar), New York, September 14, 2012
  • Seminar Panelist, Investment Funds Mid-Year Update: JOBS Act, CFTC and Form PF Compliance (hosted by Shearman & Sterling LLP), New York, July 17, 2012
  • Roundtable Participant, "Crisis Without a Legacy?" International Policy Summit (sponsored by Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), Washington, DC, June 22, 2012
  • Webinar Presenter, Sweeping Changes to the Credit Rating Provisions of the Investment Company Act (hosted by Knowledge Congress), July 20, 2011 
  • Session Facilitator, Mutual Fund Compliance Programs Conference, Investment Company Institute, Washington, DC, May 6, 2011
  • Seminar Panelist, New SEC Regulation of Investment Managers in Brazil (hosted by ABVCAP - Associação Brasileira de Private Equity & Venture Capital), São Paulo, Brazil, March 3, 2011
  • Seminar Panelist, Update on U.S. Investment Adviser Regulation (hosted by ANBIMA - Associação Brasileira das Entidades dos Mercados Financeiro e de Capitais), São Paulo, Brazil, January 18, 2011
  • Webinar Presenter, A Changing Landscape: The New Requirements for Form ADV (hosted by Bureau of National Affairs), October 28, 2010 
  • Webinar Presenter, Adapting to New Privacy Rules: What US Asset Management Businesses Need to Know Now (hosted by Bureau of National Affairs), May 18, 2010
  • Member of the American Bar Association (Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers)
  • Member of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (ASECA)


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1999
University of Virginia, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions / Qualifications

Virginia, District of Columbia

Bob Kaplan has been associated with FINRA® since April 2000 and currently serves as Vice President and Director of the FINRA® District 9A office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Deputy Director of the FINRA® District 10 office in New York.    

 Mr. Kaplan has been employed in the securities brokerage industry since 1984.  He served as the first General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Fiserv Securities, Inc. ("FSI") f/k/a BHC Securities, Inc. and in a variety of senior management positions culminating with his appointment as Senior Vice President in January, 1999. In addition to his duties at FSI, Mr. Kaplan was Secretary of BHC Financial, Inc., the publicly traded parent company of BHC Securities, Inc. until its acquisition by Fiserv, Inc. in May, 1997. Mr. Kaplan also served as Secretary of Fiserv Investor Services, Inc., the retail brokerage affiliate of FSI, and in that capacity was responsible for oversight of their compliance program.      

 A native Philadelphian, Bob earned a degree in History (B.A.) in 1978 from Temple University and received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law (J.D.) in 1981. Bob and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters and reside in Newtown, PA.

Anna Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and co-leader of the firm’s Global Capital Markets practice. She concentrates her practice on securities and derivatives. Anna represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other hybrid and structured products.

She works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She has particular financing experience in certain industries, including technology, telecommunications, healthcare, financial institutions, REITs and consumer finance. Anna has worked closely with foreign private issuers in their securities offerings in the United States and in the Euro markets. She also works with financial institutions in connection with international offerings of equity and debt securities, equity- and credit-linked notes, and hybrid and structured products, as well as medium term note and other continuous offering programs.

Anna regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing securities law issues, as well as the securities issues arising in connection with derivatives and other financial products. She is the co-author of JOBS Act Quick Start, published by International Financial Law Review (2013; updated 2014, 2016); a contributor to OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing (Thomson Reuters, first ed. 2014, second ed. 2015, third ed. 2016, fourth ed. 2017); co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US, published by International Financial Law Review (2012; updated 2014, 2016); Liability Management: An Overview (2011, updated 2015), published by International Financial Law Review; co-author of Structuring Liability Management Transactions (2018), published by International Financial Law Review; co-author of Covered Bonds Handbook, published by Practising Law Institute (2010, updated 2012-2014); co-author of the treatise Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings, published by Practising Law Institute (2009, second ed. 2011, updated 2014, third ed. 2017); and co-author of BNA Tax and Accounting Portfolio: SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers (BNA Accounting Policy and Practice Series, 2009, second ed. 2012, updated 2016). Anna is also a contributing author to Broker-Dealer Regulation (2011, second ed. 2012, updated 2019), published by Practising Law Institute. She co-authored "The Approaches to Bank Resolution," a chapter in Bank Resolution: The European Regime (Oxford University Press, 2016). Anna contributed to The Future of Bank Funding and Capital: Solutions for Issuers, Opportunities for Investors (IFR Market Intelligence, 2009). Additionally, Anna co-authored "The Ties that Bind: The Prime-Brokerage Regulation," a chapter in Global Financial Crisis (Globe Law and Business, 2009); "The Law: Legal and Regulatory Framework," a chapter in PIPEs: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity (Bloomberg, 2006); and "The Impact Security: Reimagining the Nonprofit Capital Market," a chapter in What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2017). Anna is a contributor to Practising Law Institute’s "BD/IA: Regulation in Focus" blog.

Anna has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of America's leading lawyers for Capital Markets: Derivatives and Capital Markets: Structured Products and has been recognized as a notable lawyer for Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance). Chambers Global has ranked Anna as one of the world's leading lawyers (recommended in Capital Markets: Structured Products). She also is ranked as a “Market Leader” for Capital Markets in the IFLR1000 Guide to Leading Lawyers, the highest individual distinction given by the guide. Anna is ranked as a leading lawyer for Structured finance: derivatives and structured products and listed as a recommended lawyer in Capital markets: debt, high-yield debt, equity, and global offerings, and Structured finance: securitization by the Legal 500 US.

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).

Cliff Kirsch began his career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), became chief legal officer for one of the country’s largest dually- registered broker-dealer/advisers and then joined Sutherland (now Eversheds Sutherland) in 2006. He relies on his regulatory and in- house background and an up-to-date knowledge of regulatory developments to provide practical and innovative counsel to broker-dealers and investment advisers in the areas of securities regulation and compliance.

With more than 25 years of experience, Cliff regularly counsels clients on the design and distribution of investment products including wrap-fee programs and other advisory products, mutual funds, bank collective investment funds and insurance products. He also focuses on issues related to the design and implementation of compliance programs at financial services firms.

While at the SEC, Cliff received the Manuel F. Cohen Award, which recognizes younger lawyers who have displayed outstanding legal ability, integrity and judgment and he served as assistant director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management.

Cliff is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is the author and editor of two of the leading treatises in the broker-dealer and adviser arena: Broker-Dealer Regulation and Investment Adviser Regulation (published by the Practising Law Institute).

Cliff is also co-founder of the Julia Anne Kirsch Foundation, which seeks to serve the needs of disabled individuals and their families.


Eversheds Sutherland counsels a coalition of major life insurance companies on evolving state and federal regulations and other legal developments.

Eversheds Sutherland represents a coalition of major life insurance companies, which collectively account for more than 80% of the annuity business in the United States, in their efforts to affect the direction and details of various SEC, FINRA, CFTC, NAIC and state rule proposals and initiatives.

Eversheds Sutherland serves as outside counsel on broker-dealer and adviser regulatory issues for one of the largest independent broker-dealer networks in the country.  Eversheds Sutherland serves as regular primary outside counsel on broker-dealer and adviser regulatory issues for one of the largest independent broker-dealer networks in the country.

Eversheds Sutherland represents coalition of collective trust fund sponsors, advisers and other service providers.

Eversheds Sutherland serves as counsel to the Coalition of Collective Trust Funds. Among other things, Sutherland monitors and reports on legal and regulatory matters affecting collective trust funds.

Professional Activities

Member, New York City Bar Association

Faculty, FINRA Compliance Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Former Chair, FINRA Variable Products Committee

Former Board Member, National Society of Compliance Professionals

Stephanie Nicolas is a Partner in WilmerHale’s Securities Department, and a member of the Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Group.  Ms. Nicolas has extensive experience handling a broad range of broker-dealer regulatory and enforcement issues and conducting internal reviews and compliance audits.  She works with major investment banking firms and other financial institutions to develop policies and procedures for a range of broker-dealer activities and issues, including conflicts of interest and information barriers, regulatory reporting and technology, firm-wide supervision, capital markets, research, trading, and sales practice issues.  Ms. Nicolas received her JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Georgetown University Law Center, 1999, and her BA from Brown University, 1994.