Jana L. Cresswell

Jana Cresswell


Jana Cresswell advises investment management clients on regulatory matters, state and federal securities law compliance, and general corporate matters. She focuses her practice on providing comprehensive and practical advice to investment advisers, mutual funds and closed-end investment companies with respect to compliance with the 1940 Act, as well as other federal and state laws and regulations. She provides guidance regarding the formation, structure and registration of investment companies; the preparation of disclosure documents provided to shareholders and filed with the SEC; service provider contracts; compliance policies and procedures; and board reporting. Jana also advises independent directors of investment companies in corporate governance and regulatory matters.

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Representative Matters

  • assisted clients in creating new funds that: (1) utilize multiple class, fund of funds or master-feeder structures; (2) invest in alternative asset classes (e.g., commodities) or engage in complex derivative transactions; or (3) employ alternative strategies (e.g., absolute return, managed volatility, long/short, market neutral and 130/30)
  • assisted clients with respect to internal fund reorganizations and external fund adoptions
  • managed complex-wide proxy solicitations, including one involving over 90 funds and 14 proposals that included soliciting shareholders in a master-feeder structure
  • negotiated new sub-transfer agency agreements, bank trust agreements, dealer agreements and participation agreements for an investment company complex
  • negotiated prime brokerage and other third-party agreements for a number of clients
  • assisted clients in responding to SEC inquiries and sweep exams
  • assisted an advisory client in conducting due diligence in connection with a possible acquisition
  • advised clients with respect to compliance policies and procedures
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Delaware

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “The Funds They Are A-Changin: A Closer Look at Mutual Fund to ETF Conversions,” Stradley Ronon Seminar at the 2023 ICI Investment Management Conference
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