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Michael W. McGrath

Michael McGrath is an Asset Management and Investment Funds partner based in the Boston office. His practice focuses on counseling global asset managers across a broad spectrum of asset classes in the formation and operation of investment funds, regulatory compliance, and securities and commodities law. 

Michael has extensive experience advising clients with respect to the formation and operation of private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, credit funds, separate accounts, and mutual funds. He frequently helps clients navigate the regulatory and structuring challenges associated with developing novel investment products, implementing strategic transactions, and arranging joint ventures and seed investments.

Michael also maintains an active practice assisting investment advisers, broker-dealers, and commodity trading advisers with respect to regulatory compliance and examinations. In this respect, he helps clients design and implement compliance programs, and satisfy U.S. and cross-border regulatory requirements related to registration, securities and derivatives trading, and control of nonpublic information. He regularly advises investment managers and broker-dealers on marketing and advertising issues, including the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).

Michael is a frequent author and speaker on the practical implementation of securities laws in the asset management industry. He is a CFA charter holder, and a member of the CFA Institute’s U.S. Investment Performance Committee.

Prior to joining K&L Gates in 2011, Michael was a Vice President and Senior Counsel with Allianz Global Investors.

  • CFA Society Boston
  • CFA Institute, U.S. Investment Performance Committee

Michael speaks frequently on legal issues facing investment advisers and alternative fund managers. His recent and upcoming presentations include:

  • Investment Adviser Association, IAA’s 2021 Virtual Compliance Workshops, Presentation of Performance Under the New Marketing Rule, 4 November 2021
  • Vigilant, Perspectives on Implementing the New SEC Marketing Rule, 6 October 2021
  • CFA Institute, Reconciling the SEC Marketing Rule to the GIPS Standards, 8 June 2021  
  • ACA Group, Spring 2021 Virtual Conference, FINRAA IRR Requirement and the 2020 GIPS Standards for Alternative Managers, 18 May 2021
  • NRS, Virtual Spring 2021 Compliance Conference, Unpacking Changes to Advertising and Solicitor Rules for Investment Advisers, via webinar, 17-20 May 2021
  • CFA Society Boston, New Advertising Rule, via webinar, 28 April 2021
  • The Investment Association, Global Distribution Update, 19 April 2021
  • Investment Adviser Association, Investment Adviser Compliance Conference, The New Marketing Rule for Advisers, via webinar, 5 March 2021
  • FIA, The SEC’s New Derivatives Rule: Practical Implications for Funds, via webinar, 25 February 2021
  • Investment Adviser Association, Testimonials, Endorsements and Solicitations, via webinar, 21 January 2021
  • Investment Adviser Association, Welcome to the 21st Century: The New Marketing Rule for Advisers, via webinar, 5 January 2021
  • CFA Institute, 24th Annual GIPS Standards Virtual Conference, Getting to Know the SEC's New Advertising Rule, via webinar, 28 October 2020
  • NRS, East Coast Investment Adviser Compliance Symposium, Advisers Act Anti-Fraud Rules: Custody, Political Contributions, Solicitors and Proxy Voting Requirements, via webinar, 5 August 2020
  • NRS, Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) for Investment Advisers, via webinar, 23 July 2020
  • Investment Adviser Association, Investment Adviser Compliance Conference, Leveraging Technology to Automate Compliance, Washington, D.C., 6 March 2020
  • K&L Gates and The Spaulding Group, How Will the SEC's Proposed Advertising Rule Affect Your Business?, via webinar, 28 February 2020
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  • Private Equity Law Report, Navigating the New Marketing Rule: Form ADV Updates and Changes to Non Standard Performance Calculations (Part Two of Two), Quote, 23 February 2021
  • Private Equity Law Report, Navigating the New Marketing Rule: Updated Testimonial Rule and Differences From the Proposed Advertising Rule (Part One of Two), Quote, 16 February 2021
  • Ignites, Industry Applauds Update to 1960s-Era Ad Rule, Quote,  29 December 2020
  • Board IQ, Workload, Mergers Revive Talk of Dedicated Board Staff, Quote, 7 November 2020
  • Board IQ, Final Derivatives Rule Gives Fund Boards New Duties, Quote, 3 November 2020
  • Law 360, Split SEC Will Allow Funds To Expand Derivatives Use, Quote, 28 October 2020
  • Private Equity Law Report, Seeding Arrangement Insights: Finding the Right Seeder/Manager Rapport and Tips for Luring Other Prospective LPs (Part Two of Two), Quote, 29 September 2020
  • Private Equity Law Report, Seeding Arrangement Insights: How a Manager Can Optimize Its Infrastructure to Attract a Seeder (Part One of Two), Quote, 22 September 2020
  • Hedge Fund Law Report, Navigating the Proposed Amended Advertising Rule: “Fair and Balanced” Standard and Performance (Part Two of Two), Quote, 9 April 2020
  • Hedge Fund Law Report, Navigating the Proposed Amended Advertising Rule: Expanded Definition of Advertisement (Part One of Two), Quote, 2 April 2020
  • Private Equity Law Report, How the Proposed Amendments to the SEC Advertising Rule Would Affect PE Managers, Byline, 14 January 2020
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