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JUNE 2 – Wictor Furman, "European and US Perspectives on Investment Fund Regulation"

Date: 02.06.2021
Start Time: 19:00

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 1 pm (EDT) (DC), 7 pm GMT+2 (Poland)



The regulatory requirements for investment funds have changed considerably on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years prompted by concerns including requirements on measures against money laundering and financing of terrorism; information for investors on fund management decisions; and greater transparency regarding management fees, costs, and charges.  The webinar will compare developments in Europe and the United States and consider how such regulatory requirements have affected investment fund decisions and operations and impacted investors.

Wictor Furman (CUA LL.M. 2009)

Wictor Furman is a Stockholm-based lawyer specializing primarily in the banking and finance industry and real estate sectors. He is in his own firm after having worked previously at the Magnusson and Harvest law firms in Stockholm as well as for two major Scandinavian banks. His practice includes regulatory and legal matters, dispute resolution, and transactions for clients including fund companies, securities firms, credit institutions, insurance mediators, and real estate investors. He has co-authored articles on financial regulation in the Swedish law journal Ny Juridik.  Mr. Furman completed his law degree at the Stockholm University in 2008 and was admitted to the Swedish Bar Association in 2015. 

Commenter: James V. Catano, (CUA JD 2011), Partner, Dechert, Washington, DC

James V. Catano is a partner in the Financial Services practice of the Washington, DC office of the Dechert firm.  Dechert has more than 900 lawyers in 26 worldwide locations.  Mr. Catano has extensive experience counseling mutual fund complexes, investment advisers, and insurance companies on a wide range of securities, regulatory, corporate, disclosure, transactional, and other financial services matters.  These matters include complex fund reorganization transactions; preparation of registration and proxy statements; ongoing compliance and regulatory matters; and securing exemptive, interpretive and no-action relief from the US Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff. Mr. Catano also advises clients on the development, regulation, sale, and administration of a variety of investment products, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, money market funds, exchange-traded funds, and variable and fixed life insurance and annuity products.  In addition, he advises boards of directors/trustees of US registered investment companies on fund governance and fiduciary matters. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Catano worked at another international law firm, as a law clerk at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and as a legal and regulatory policy fellow at the US Chamber of Commerce.  He holds JD and MA degrees from Catholic University as well as a BA degree from the University of Virginia.

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