J. Stephen Feinour Jr.

Stephen Feinour


Steve Feinour focuses his practice on counseling investment companies and investment advisers in connection with various regulatory, compliance and transactional issues. He regularly advises clients on matters such as the formation, registration and ongoing regulation of investment companies, including index-based and actively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs). He is also a frequent speaker on ETF related topics. 

Steve’s legal representation includes:

  • preparing regulatory filings
  • drafting and reviewing registration statements and proxy solicitation materials
  • counseling boards of trustees/directors on governance matters
  • researching various securities and corporate law issues
  • drafting corporate policies and compliance procedures
  • assisting ETFs in obtaining exchange listing approvals
  • negotiating service provider agreements

Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Steve served as a law clerk for the Hon. Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

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Representative Matters

  • advised numerous start-up investment advisers and established global investment firms in developing, launching and operating index-based (including smart beta) and actively managed ETFs across all asset classes
  • advised asset management firms in launching mutual funds across all asset classes, including converting private funds into the newly created mutual funds
  • advised asset management firms in purchases and sales of registered investment advisers, fund adoptions and mergers of registered investment companies, including:
    • advising an ETF investment adviser in its sale to a global investment firm
    • advising a financial services firm in the sale of its institutional investment management subsidiary, including the reorganization of a family of mutual funds over to the purchaser
    • advising an investment adviser in its acquisition of a fixed income investment management firm, including the acquisition of registered investment companies that were previously sub-advised by the fixed income investment management firm
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • J.D., The College of William and Mary School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania

  • Former Chair, Philadelphia Young ’40 Act Lawyers Roundtable


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Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Converting Mutual Funds into ETFs,” Independent Directors Council’s Virtual Fund Directors Workshop
  • Panelist, “The Next Gen ETF Landscape: Navigating the ETF Rule,” Nasdaq Webinar
  • Panelist, “SEC’s ETF Rule,” Women in ETFs Philadelphia
  • Panelist, “Exploring ETF Industry Perceptions,” ETF Synapse 2019, co-hosted by Nasdaq and the CFA Society of New York
  • Presenter, “How the New ETF Rule Changes the Regulatory Landscape,” Stradley Ronon Webinar (2019)
  • Moderator, “Future Landscape of ETF Research Opportunities,” Synapse 2018 ETF Academic Summit, co-hosted by Nasdaq and the Villanova School of Business
  • Presenter, “Exchange-Traded Fund Roundtable: Developing & Launching Your ETF,” Foreside Webinar (2018)
  • Moderator, “The Regulatory Landscape: Is 2018 the Year for Approval?” New York Stock Exchange’s 2018 ETF Summit 
  • Speaker, “On the ETF Radar: What’s New and What’s Next,” Legal Forum of 2017 ICI General Membership Meeting
  • Panelist, “SEC and Exchange Initiatives: What to Expect and How to Prepare,” New York Stock Exchange's 2017 ETF Regulatory Summit
  • Panelist, “On the ETF Radar: What’s New and What’s Next,” Stradley Ronon Seminar (2017)
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