Jamie M. Gershkow

Overview

Jamie Gershkow focuses her practice on advising investment companies, independent trustees and investment advisers. She frequently counsels on regulatory and compliance matters, the applicability and interpretation of securities laws, and the formation and management of registered investment companies, including exchange-traded funds (ETFs), money market funds, and multi-manager funds. Jamie also counsels on transactional matters, such as fund mergers and acquisitions. Jamie is a frequent speaker and author on ETF and money market fund topics. Her experience includes representing:

  • Registered Investment Companies: Jamie advises clients on the federal securities laws pertaining to the formation, registration and ongoing compliance of mutual funds and ETFs. She drafts and reviews critical documents, such as registration statements, proxy solicitation materials, information statements, shareholder reports, exemptive applications, compliance policies and procedures, and board meeting minutes and materials. Jamie assists ETF clients with all phases of the complex regulatory process required to introduce and operate index-based and actively managed ETFs. Jamie also assists money market fund clients in addressing the many varied matters impacting money market fund management, operations, and compliance. Jamie also assists in the preparation of N-14 registration statements in connection with fund mergers and acquisitions. 
  • Investment Advisers: Jamie assists in counseling investment advisers with respect to their obligations under federal and state securities laws, including issues related to federal and state registration, compliance, Form ADV, and Form PF. She also drafts and reviews a variety of contracts for clients, including agreements between mutual funds and their investment advisers.
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Results

Representative Matters

  • lead associate on a fund and independent trustee counsel representation for a mutual fund complex with $2 billion in assets under management, including with respect to the formation and initial registration of new sustainable investing funds
  • advised numerous start-up investment advisers and established global investment firms in launching index-based (including smart beta) and actively managed ETFs, including the preparation and filing of exemptive applications, exchange listing documents, and registration statements
  • advised various money market funds in connection with money market fund reforms adopted by the SEC in 2014, including developing compliance policies and programs, advising on the reorganization of funds to comply with reforms, preparing and updating registration statements, reviewing Form N-CR filings, responding to SEC examinations and inquiries, conducting training sessions with portfolio management and compliance officers, and advising on general rule 2a-7 compliance
  • assisted in the representation of various investment companies within large fund complexes in connection with the launch of new alternative strategy, multi-manager funds, including the drafting and negotiation of subadvisory contracts with unaffiliated investment management firms, reviewing the compliance programs of proposed subadvisers, and the drafting of information statements and other filings in connection with the addition of new subadvisers
  • advised an ETF investment adviser in its sale to a global investment firm
  • assisted in preparing proxy solicitation materials in connection with a large financial services company’s agreement with an investment manager to acquire and reorganize 17 equity and bond mutual funds with $3.6 billion in assets into a mutual fund complex


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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Drexel University School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Maryland
Memberships

  • Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Stradley Ronon Associates Committee
  • Women in ETFs, Co-Head Events and Education (New York)
  • Women's Investment Management Forum 
  • Stradley Ronon Hiring Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Are You Ready For The ETF Rule?,” ETFLogic Webinar
  • Presenter, “Money Fund Regulations: 2a-7 Basics & History” Crane’s Money Fund University 2020
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Update,” Crane’s Bond Fund Symposium 2019
  • Presenter, “Money Fund Regulations: 2a-7 Basics & History,” Crane's Money Fund University 2019
  • Moderator, “SEC's Proposed ETF Rule,” Women in ETFs hosted by Stradley Ronon
  • Speaker, “ETF Momentum: The Accelerated Use of Exchange Traded Funds,” Women in Investing Network of Philadelphia
  • Presenter, “Money Market Funds: 2014 Fundamental and Other Reforms and 2015 Reforms to Remove References to Ratings,” Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Presenter, “Money Fund Regulations: 2a-7 Basics & History,” Crane’s Money Fund University 2018
  • Presenter, "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Presenter, “The Board as Springboard”
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Recognition

  • Fund Intelligence, Rising Star
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In The Community

Jamie is Co-Head of Events and Education for the New York chapter of Women in ETFs. Women in ETFs is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring together people in the ETF industry across the globe to champion goals of actively choosing equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Jamie also serves on the board of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Philadelphia and stakeholders to build, maintain, and program Schuylkill Banks; and drive improvements in recreation and transportation, community and economic development, public health, and environmental stewardship.

 

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