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.
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
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman is a global co-leader of Sidley’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice team. She advises a wide range of domestic and international investment funds and managers on regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues. Laurie is a frequent speaker on investment manager and fund regulation and compliance as well as on issues relating to the advancement of women in law.
Strong advocacy on behalf of her clients has earned Laurie acknowledgment in numerous industry publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and U.S. News & World Report. She is recognized in the area of Mutual Funds Law by The Best Lawyers in America®, with sources telling the publication: “Ms. Kleiman has been extremely professional and knowledgeable in her service to our firm. We trust her advice explicitly” and “[Laurie] is a true expert in her area, and remarkably commercial and practical.” Laurie was named to Crain’s New York Business’ inaugural “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” list, where she was lauded as being among the 100 “trailblazing women” who have “found multiple paths to excellence” and have displayed “fierce determination, passion for the law, keen intelligence, and inspiring achievement.” Laurie also was named one of the “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” by the Hedge Fund Journal.
Sidley’s investment management team has won numerous awards as a provider of legal services to the investment funds industry: two-time winner of Chambers and Partners’ “Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S.”; Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine’s 2014 Alpha Awards top “onshore” (U.S.) law firm serving the hedge fund industry; four-time recipient of first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Mutual Funds Law and Derivatives and Futures Law; and ranked in the top band for Hedge Funds and as leading firm for Registered Funds by Chambers USA every year since 2008.
Laurie is an active proponent of advancement of women in the legal profession. She is firmwide co-chair of Sidley’s Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, oversees the SidleyWomen initiative, and is chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee Task Force. Sidley has been recognized repeatedly for its groundbreaking women’s initiatives, including being named one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother Magazine nine times, receiving gold certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) seven times, and receiving, among others, “Most Inclusive Firm for Minority Women Lawyers” and “Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion” honors from Chambers. Laurie is a frequent speaker on women’s issues, is a member of the WILEF advisory board and was named “2016 Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year” by Chambers. She is also a member of the firm’s risk management committee.
Memberships & Activities
Laurie is a member of the Steering Committee of the Managed Funds Association’s Outside Counsel Forum, a board member of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and former Chair of WILEF’s Young Lawyers Committee. Laurie’s other memberships include: the American Bar Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former member of the ABCNY’s Committee on Investment Management Regulation); New York State Bar Association; New York Women’s Bar Association; National Association of Women Lawyers; 100 Women in Hedge Funds and Jewish Lawyers Guild.
Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1983, Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review)