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W. Thomas Conner

W. Thomas Conner

Reed Smith
Partner
Washington, DC, USA


Tom is a member of Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group. The focus of Tom's practice is on the representation of financial services companies including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (including ETFs that invest in commodities), insurance companies issuing fixed and variable annuities and life insurance, and financial firms offering a wide range of other types of financial products. His practice combines regulatory experience with an extensive knowledge of the mutual fund, ETF, commodity pool, variable contract and investment advisory industries.

Tom assists clients in navigating the complex regulatory requirements governing insurance and securities products, including the federal securities laws administered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Futures Association (NFA), and state insurance laws and regulations.

Tom has represented financial service companies in a private practice for over fifteen years. Additionally, Tom was Vice President and General Counsel of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) (formerly, the National Association for Variable Annuities (NAVA)). He was responsible for IRI's regulatory affairs program and represented the industry in a number of significant regulatory matters, appearing before regulatory agencies including the SEC, FINRA and National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

In addition to private practice and serving as IRI's General Counsel, Tom was a staff member of the SEC in the Office of Disclosure and Investment Adviser Regulation and the Office of Insurance Products.

Representative Matters

  • Provide ongoing regulatory advice, under federal securities and commodities laws, to Teucrium Trading, a sponsor of commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs).
  • Advised client, sponsor of commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs), on all aspects of fund formation and registration, as well as for ongoing maintenance and regulatory compliance issues, as such funds are regulated by the SEC, CFTC, NFA and FINRA.
  • Represent major commodities-based ETF provider with structuring and SEC/CFTC/FINRA/NYSE registration and compliance procedure preparation.

Publications

  • "SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Releases 2016 Exam Priorities," Private Funds Law Update, 18 February 2016Co-Author(s): Alexandra Poe
  • "SEC Announces 2016 Exam Priorities," Reed Smith Client Alerts, 15 January 2016Co-Author(s): Alexandra Poe
  • "SEC Sanctions Insurance Company for Variable Contract Pricing Violations," Reed Smith Client Alerts, 29 May 2015Co-Author(s): Peggy C. Heminger
  • "CFTC’s Final 'Harmonization' Rules: Shifting Sands in the ETF Competitive Landscape," Reed Smith Client Alert, 20 August 2013
  • "SEC Lifts Moratorium on Non-Leveraged, Actively Managed ETFs that Use Derivatives," Reed Smith Client Alert, 13 December 2012
  • "Exchange-Traded Funds," 42 The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation 13, July 15, 2009
  • "Summary Prospectus Rule as it Applies to ETFs," The Investment Lawyer, May 2009
  • "Newly Adopted Summary Prospectus Form Tailored for Exchange-Traded Funds," The Investment Lawyer, April 2009
  • "Insurance: Responding to Regulatory Subpoenas," Counsel to Counsel, May 2005
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: The Perfect Storm," NAVA Outlook, November/December 2002
  • "Gramm-Leach-Bliley Allows New Relationships Between Banks, Securities Firms, and Insurance Companies," Taxation of Financial Institutions, January/February 2001
  • "Mutual Fund and Variable Insurance Products Advertising," 50 The American Bar Association Business Lawyer 925, 1995Co-Author(s): Co-author

Speaking Engagements

  • 20 September 2016A Practical Guide to Complying with the DOL's New Fiduciary Rules
  • 28-29 January 2016Understanding Financial Products 2016, New York, New York
  • 6-7 January 2014Understanding Financial Products 2014, New York, New York"Mutual Funds, Closed-End Funds, BDCs and ETFs"
  • 12 September 2012iGlobal Forum 3rd Annual ETF Investing Summit "ETF Sector Performance Results for all Asset Classes"
  • 2010 and 2011PLI: Nuts and Bolts of Financial Products "Exchange Traded Funds/Exchange Traded Notes"
  • 7-9 June 2009NAVA Government & Regulatory Affairs Conference "Changes in Living Benefits and Other Product Evolutions"
  • 6-8 May 2009Investment Company Institute (ICI) General Membership Meeting "How Regulatory Requirements Impact the Competitive Balance Between Conventional ETFs and New Types of Commodities-Based ETFs"
  • 23-24 February 2009PLI: Nuts and Bolts of Financial Products "Exchange-Traded Products: How New SEC Rules May Tip the Competitive Balance"
  • 23-24 June 20082008 Investment Advisors’ Exchange Traded Funds Summit
  • 16-17 November 2006ALI-ABA Life Insurance Company Products Conference
  • 25-28 March 2007ICI & FBA—Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference
  • 12-14 July 2006ACLI Compliance Section Annual Meeting
  • 26-28 June 2005National Association for Variable Annuities 2005 Compliance & Regulatory Affairs Conference

Employment History

  • 2012 - Partner -Reed Smith
  • 2011 - Partner - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • 1998 - Vice President and General Counsel, Insured Retirement Institute (formerly, the National Association for Variable Annuities)
  • 1994 - Associate - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • 1991 - Attorney - Adviser, Office of Disclosure and Investment Adviser Regulation U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1989 -Associate - Goodwin Procter LLP

Education

George Washington University Law School, J.D.

George Washington University, MBA

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

Virginia

W. Thomas Conner is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Regulation of ETFs and Other Exchange Traded Products - Understanding Financial Products 2017, Friday, January 27, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Mutual Funds, Closed End Funds, and ETFs - Understanding Financial Products 2017, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Mutual Funds, Closed End Funds, and ETFs - Mutual Funds, Closed End Funds, and ETFs, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Mutual Funds, Closed End Funds, and ETFs - Mutual Funds, Closed End Funds, and ETFs, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Mutual Funds, Closed End Funds, and ETFs - Mutual Funds, Closed End Funds, and ETFs, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Understanding Financial Products 2017, Monday, February 13, 2017, New York, NY
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