Jessica D. Burt

Jessica Burt


Jessica D. Burt represents clients in the asset management industry, including registered investment companies, independent directors, and investment advisers. She frequently counsels on the applicability and interpretation of federal securities laws. Jessica is a member of Stradley Ronon’s environmental, social & governance practice group and advises asset managers and fund boards on ESG-related regulatory implications, such as disclosure requirements, and on fund incorporation of ESG considerations into investment strategy and decisions. Her experience includes representing: 

  • Registered Investment Companies: Jessica advises clients on the federal securities laws pertaining to the formation, registration, and ongoing compliance of open-end mutual funds, including multi-manager funds and sub-advised funds. She drafts and reviews critical documents, such as registration statements, proxy solicitation materials, information statements, shareholder reports, and compliance policies and procedures. She assists in responding to SEC inquiries and drafts no-action requests and exemptive applications. Jessica also prepares plans of reorganization and registration statements on Form N-14 in connection with fund mergers and acquisitions involving both affiliated and non-affiliated funds.
  • Independent Directors: Jessica advises boards of directors on issues arising under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as well as various governance issues.
  • Investment Advisers: Jessica counsels investment advisers with respect to their obligations under the securities laws and drafts and reviews investment adviser registration materials. She also represents investment management clients undertaking corporate mergers or reorganizations.
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Representative Matters

  • represented Nationwide Mutual Funds in the adoption of 17 equity and fixed-income mutual funds from the HighMark Funds
  • represented Nationwide Mutual Funds in the adoption of various mutual funds from UBS and Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley
  • assisted in the ongoing representation of mutual fund complex in connection with the launch of alternative strategy fund, including drafting and reviewing registration statements, review of sub-adviser materials, response to SEC inquiries, and preparation of necessary shareholder report disclosures
  • engaged to advise the board of directors of a bank-owned investment management company complex on matters of corporate governance, fund oversight and compliance with federal securities laws
  • handled merger and internal fund reorganization for an investment company client and prepared proxy statement electing trustees and approving new advisory and sub-advisory relationships
  • assisted in engagement with a pension consulting firm located in Guam to establish a series of collective trust funds
  • engaged to represent a large investment management company complex with the redomestication of its closed-end funds to Delaware statutory trusts, followed by mergers involving the closed-end funds and various open-end funds

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Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Rochester
  • M.A., George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
  • J.D., cum laude, American University Washington College of Law

  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Stradley Ronon Diversity Committee
  • Stradley Ronon Pro Bono Committee
  • Washington Council of Lawyers

  • French
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Talking ESG,” American University Washington College of Law
  • Panelist, “Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Investment and Regulatory Perspectives Webinar,” 100 Women in Finance
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In The Community

Jessica served as the secretary of the Board of Trustees for The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.
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