Jacqueline S. Edwards

Counsel

jedwards@stradley.com

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Jacqueline Edwards

Overview

Jacqueline S. Edwards counsels investment companies and their directors on a wide array of investment management and securities law matters, including governance structures and practices, regulatory compliance issues, material service contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and disclosure. She represents open- and closed-end funds, interval funds, exchange-traded funds, variable annuity funds and business development companies. Her experience also includes working with clients regarding the regulation and registration of investment advisers, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions. Jacqueline has also represented investment companies and investment advisers in regulatory investigations and inquiries by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Representative Matters

  • assisted in the representation of several leading global investment firms, including related to registration statement and contract approval disclosure review, compliance, the drafting of complex strategy and risk disclosure and the launch of novel investment products
  • established a variety of funds for clients including funds that: (1) invest in specific complex instruments such as commodities and derivatives; (2) utilize special structures, such as a manager of managers or fund of funds structures; and (3) employ alternative strategies, such as a long-short, diversified/asset allocation and managed volatility strategies
  • assisted in the representation of a large investment management company complex in connection with a significant project involving the alignment of each funds’ agreements of organization, by-laws and fundamental investment policies
  • represented clients in connection with proxy statements for various proposals, including changes-of-control, fundamental investment restriction changes, fund structure and/or organizational changes and the election of directors
  • coordinated the acquisition of a mutual fund complex, including seeking shareholder approval and negotiating the termination of service contracts and liquidating and terminating funds not part of the acquisition
  • prepared the initial contract approval disclosure for an investment management company complex with 198 funds
  • successfully prepared numerous no-action letters and exemptive applications on a variety of investment company issues
  • successfully launched the first actively managed exchange-traded fund

*Includes certain representations prior to joining Stradley Ronon.

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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • New York
Education
  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Boston University
Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Investment Management Regulation Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Women in Investment Management Forum
  • New York City ’40 Acts Committee
  • Stradley Ronon Pro Bono Committee

Publications

  • The Changing Role of Independent Directors of Mutual Funds
    The Investment Lawyer
    April 2016
    Article

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Advisers Act Anti-Fraud Rules: Custody, Political Contributions, Solicitors and Proxy Voting Requirements,” Investment Adviser Association Compliance Training
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Recognition

  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel for contributions to pro bono clients
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In The Community

Jacqueline was the co-coordinator of her previous firm’s pro bono asylum program, which successfully represented numerous refugees fleeing persecution. Since joining Stradley, she successfully developed and launched a pro bono program for Stradley’s New York office.
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