Peter Hong uses his many years of service at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to guide clients through the various regulatory requirements involved in the offer of financial services and products. His practice includes the registration and regulation of investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, and introducing brokers under federal and state laws, as well as the formation and ongoing compliance obligations of registered and private investment companies.
Peter’s practice includes providing advice regarding routine and complex matters pertaining to regulations of federal and state securities and commodities regulatory authorities and self-regulatory organizations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Futures Association (NFA). He routinely uses his substantial experience in marketing and advertising regulations to assist investment advisers and broker-dealers in the creation of compliant websites, presentations and advertisements.
Christopher J. Zimmerman focuses his practice on assisting investment companies, investment advisers and boards on various federal and state securities law matters. Among other things, he advises investment companies and investment advisers with respect to their organization, registration and regulation. Specifically, Chris’ practice includes assisting clients with registration and regulation of new and existing funds, board-related issues, fund restructurings, securities lending issues, soft dollars by investment advisers and the use of derivatives by investment companies.
Jennifer Gniady helps nonprofit organizations of all sizes navigate complex legal issues while remaining true to their charitable missions. Her practice combines experience with both tax exemption issues and corporate matters. She works with clients to respond to existing threats and legal issues, while counseling practices to strengthen the organization in the long term. Her clients include charities, religious organizations, associations, schools and arts organizations. Her practice includes forming nonprofit organizations, advising on corporate governance and bylaws, analyzing lobbying and fundraising practices, responding to inquiries from IRS, state, and local charitable regulators and managing litigation.
Tara Walsh concentrates her practice in the areas of estate, tax and business planning, as well as estate and trust administration. She represents and advises high-net-worth individuals, owners of closely held businesses, individual and corporate fiduciaries, and nonprofit/charitable entities. Her practice involves designing and implementing a wide range of estate plans; handling all aspects of estate and trust administrations; advising clients on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues; counseling clients in planned charitable giving; advising clients on issues related to life insurance and retirement plans; counseling beneficiaries and fiduciaries in Orphans’ Court matters; and forming nonprofit organizations.
Patrick Green focuses his practice on counseling investment companies and investment advisers on regulatory, compliance and transactional issues. He advises investment management clients in all aspects of legal representation, including drafting and reviewing registration statements, proxy solicitation materials, and other regulatory filings; researching various securities and corporate law issues; and preparing board materials.
George Michael Gerstein advises financial institutions on the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA. As co-chair of the fiduciary governance group, he assists clients with tracking, and understanding, the numerous fiduciary developments at the federal and state levels, including the rules and regulations of governmental plans. He also advises clients with respect to the fiduciary duty implications of ESG investing.