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Edward Baer

Edward Baer

Ropes & Gray LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Edward Baer is counsel in Ropes & Gray’s investment management practice in San Francisco. His practice focuses on advising exchange-traded funds (ETFs), open- and closed-end investment companies, and their independent directors/trustees. He has deep experience in operational, governance, compliance, regulatory and business issues related to ETFs and other investment companies and asset managers.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 2016, Ed was managing director and senior counsel for the world’s largest asset manager, and also served as chief legal officer for the world’s largest ETF complex. In that role, he oversaw the full range of legal and compliance matters for over 300 ETFs, including index and active 1940 Act ETFs and non-1940 Act physical metals and futures-based commodities ETFs, with assets under management of approximately $800 billion. Ed and his team were responsible for all legal aspects of the operation of the ETF complex, including:

  • registration of ETFs under the 1933 Act and 1940 Act;
  • fund governance and board matters;
  • ·new ETF product development, including novel products such as a 1940 Act-registered commodity index ETF, a frontier markets ETF, currency and interest rate hedged ETFs and “smart beta” ETFs;
  • ETF exemptive relief and exchange listing and trading relief;
  • ETF creation and redemption activities; and
  • ETF distribution, marketing and index licensing.

Ed also advised on acquisitions and other strategic business matters, global valuation issues, and regulatory affairs, as well as on numerous other legal and compliance matters.

Prior to his in-house role, he held positions at two large law firms where he focused his practice on counseling clients on issues arising under the 1940 Act and advising mutual funds on organization, registration, operations, governance and regulatory matters.

Education

  • JD, 1994, Rutgers School of Law at Newark
  • BA, 1990, New York University

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2017
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • New York, 1995
Edward Baer is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds - Basics of Mutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies 2017, Friday, April 21, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds - Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds, Friday, April 21, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds - Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds, Friday, April 21, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds - Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds, Friday, April 21, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Basics of Mutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies 2017, Monday, May 01, 2017, New York, NY
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