Cillian M. Lynch

Cillian Lynch


Cillian Lynch advises investment companies, investment advisers and independent directors in connection with regulatory, compliance and transactional issues. His experience includes representing:

  • Registered Investment Companies: Cillian 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. He drafts and reviews critical documents, such as registration statements, proxy statements, exemptive applications, information statements, shareholder reports and state law filings, and responds to related SEC inquiries. Cillian 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.
  • Investment Advisers: Cillian participates in counseling investment advisers with respect to their obligations under federal and state securities laws.
  • Independent Directors: Cillian advises boards of directors on issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as well as various corporate governance issues.
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Representative Matters

  • assisted in the representation of a large investment management company complex in its acquisition of 17 equity and bond mutual funds with $3.6 billion in assets, including the reorganization of those funds into the complex
  • assisted in the representation of a leading independent global investment management firm in connection with the client’s acquisition of more than 120 funds from a multinational financial services corporation, including certain matters related to the rationalization of the client’s product lineup thereafter
  • assisted in the ongoing representation of investment companies within two fund complexes in connection with the launch of alternative strategy funds, 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
  • drafted an exemptive application to the SEC for a large investment management company to allow the use of a manager-of-managers structure
  • assisted in drafting an exemptive application to the SEC for a diversified multinational mining and resources group with more $60 billion in annual revenue. Reviewed their assets and income, as well as the corporate structure, to ensure they were not considered an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940
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Bar Admissions
  • Admitted only in New York
  • Practice limited to federal securities law matters
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Georgetown University

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Stradley Ronon Hiring Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Implementation of New SEC Rules," Investment Company Institute Virtual Tax and Accounting Conference Program
  • Panelist, “The Next Evolution of Fair Value: The SEC’s Proposed Rule 2a-5,” BBD, Stradley Ronon and SS&C ALPS Webinar
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