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Robert M. Crea

Of Counsel
Fax +1.415.882.8220

Robert M. Crea counsels investment advisers, private fund managers and broker-dealers on a variety of fund formation, regulatory and compliance, and securities law matters. He regularly works with clients to structure and document U.S. and offshore private investment funds and assists clients with a variety of state and federal regulatory and compliance issues. He represents pension plans and other institutional investors in connection with their investments in hedge funds, private equity, venture capital and real estate funds.

Mr. Crea also regularly advises emerging companies regarding formation and financing and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he also counsels on regulatory matters affecting virtual currencies and the digital assets industry.

Mr. Crea is a CFA charterholder and CAIA charterholder and a member of each of the CFA Institute and CAIA Association.

Professional Background

Mr. Crea previously served as a director for the multibillion dollar private equity department of a publicly traded real estate company. In this role, he was responsible for new fund formation and the ongoing governance of multiple funds representing approximately $18 billion in assets under management. During his tenure, he assisted in raising approximately $5 billion in new capital from sovereign wealth funds, international and domestic pension funds, endowments, foundations, and discretionary managers.

Following law school, Mr. Crea clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before law school, he worked on Wall Street, both as an M&A investment banker and as an equity research analyst.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • CFA Institute
  • CAIA Association 

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer, Securities Law Implications for Virtual Currencies and ICOs, UC Hastings, San Francisco, March 2019
  • Speaker, Crypto Asset Enforcement Actions, ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, March 2019
  • Speaker, Operational, Legal and Regulatory Risks Facing Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds, San Francisco, December 2018
  • Speaker, Cryptocurrencies and Related Investment Products, K&L Gates Investment Management Conference, Washington, DC, November 2018
  • Panelist, The Future of STOs: Regulation, Compliance and Promise, World Crypto Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 2018
  • Speaker, GIPS 2020 Exposure Draft: What you Need to Know, K&L Gates and ACA Compliance Group, San Francisco, CA, October 2018
  • Speaker, Cryptocurrency-Focused Private Funds, K&L Gates West Coast Investment Management Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 2018
  • Speaker, Regulatory Environment for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs, EmergelCO Summit, Austin, TX, October 2018
  • Speaker, Comprehending the Crypto Economy, 2018 NICSA Midwest Event, September 2018
  • Speaker, Marketing Materials and Performance Related Advertising, NorCal Hedge Fund Networking Group, San Francisco, CA, September 2018
  • Speaker, Regulatory Environment for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs, BlockWorld Conference: Developing the Decentralized Cloud, San Jose, CA, September 2018
  • Speaker, The Future of Venture Capital: LP Forum, San Francisco, CA, August 2018
  • Speaker, Cryptocurrency Private Funds Salon, San Francisco, CA, June 2018
  • Speaker, Understanding the Implications of the Blockchain for Startups, Blockchain Panel Discussion, San Francisco, CA, June 2018
  • Speaker, ICO & Cryptocurrencies - U.S. Legal Issues, São Paulo, Brazil, April 2018
  • Speaker, Legal Outlook for ICOs/Cryptocurrencies, TokenFest - The Business of Blockchain, San Francisco, CA, March 2018
  • Speaker, ICOs and the Law, Blockchain West, San Francisco, CA, March 2018
  • Speaker, Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts and ICOs; K&L Gates West Coast Investment Management Conference, San Francisco, CA November 2017