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Financial Product Fundamentals: Law, Business, Compliance (2nd Edition)

 
Author(s): Clifford E. Kirsch
Practice Area: Banking, Corporate & Securities
Published: Nov 2012
Supplement Date: Jul 2017
ISBN: 9781402418983
PLI Item #: 38880

Financial Product Fundamentals is a comprehensive reference on the regulations, benefits, advantages, pricing, distribution, marketing, and current and future viability of registered offerings. It includes expert analysis of private placements, mutual funds, hedge funds, money market funds, exchange traded funds, real estate investment trusts, international investment funds, variable insurance products, and other instruments.

Now in a second edition, Financial Product Fundamentals has been completely revised to reflect the Dodd-Frank Act, SEC actions, and other regulatory changes made to spur the economy and reform the financial markets. It includes coverage of foreign broker-dealers; Rule 483 advertising, or advertising that can be done prior to delivery of a statutory or summary prospectus and includes information that may be different from or in addition to that contained in the prospectus, so long as it does not conflict; insurance-linked securities; and life settlements. It includes many helpful charts, tables, and other graphics.

Updated at least once a year, Financial Product Fundamentals: Law • Business • Compliance is an important reference for securities professionals and attorneys, general practitioners, compliance and risk officers, federal and state regulators, and investors, helping them to stay current on the laws applicable to each of the types of financial instruments.

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.

Experience

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