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Christopher Wells

Christopher Wells

Partner

Christopher M. Wells is a partner and head of the Hedge Funds Group. Chris advises hedge funds, funds of funds and other pooled investment vehicles and their managers on all aspects of fund formation, operations and compliance.

Chris was nationally ranked by Chambers USA 2014 for Hedge Funds, and was noted for being "one of the deans of the hedge fund bar" and described as "an outstanding attorney who is highly skilled and experienced in the area." He has also been named a leading lawyer in his field by US Legal 500 and recognized in The International Who’s Who in Private Funds Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America and other publications.

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SEC to Conduct Second Round of Cybersecurity Examinations

On September 15, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Risk Alert announcing its second round of examinations of registered investment advisers and broker-dealers under its cybersecurity examination initiative.… Continue Reading

Pay-to-Play Rule: SEC Announces Compliance Date for Ban on Third-Party Solicitation of Government Entities

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) set a compliance date of July 31, 2015 for the ban on payments to third parties for the solicitation of advisory business from any government entity under Rule 206(4)-5 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Pay-to-Play Rule). At the same time, the SEC also clarified in … Continue Reading
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