Brendan R. Kalb utilizes his in-house asset management and corporate legal experience to counsel clients on issues relating to the establishment and ongoing operation of global hedge funds, private equity funds, commodity pools, UCITS funds, hybrid customized vehicles, and separately managed accounts, along with providing regulatory, compliance, and trading advice to managers investing in various asset classes in the United States and abroad. He also has deep experience advising on the structuring and operation of various registered fund products, including liquid alternative funds.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Brendan was the managing director and general counsel at AQR Capital Management, LLC, a systematic global asset management firm based in Greenwich, CT, where he was responsible for managing the full spectrum of the firm's legal affairs, including involvement in all aspects of US and overseas regulatory exams, product structuring, derivatives and operational risk management, quantitative investment practices, drafting of investment guidelines and restrictions, creation and update of compliance policies and procedures, as well as implementation and interpretation of international rules and regulations regarding trading and marketing.
Prior to joining AQR in 2004, he worked as an investment management associate in the New York office of an international law firm, where he regularly represented registered investment companies, investment advisers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, and broker-dealers.
Earlier in his career, Brendan gained experience as an associate in the financial services and investment management department of a regional law firm, where he dealt in related matters with respect to investment advisers, including commodity pool operation, management company structuring, fund marketing and advertising, employment agreements, joint ventures, and seed capital arrangements.
Brendan has spoken at a number of industry conferences on regulatory matters affecting the financial services industry and previously served as chairman of the Managed Funds Association’s CTA, CPO, and Futures Committee and as a member of MFA’s Investment Adviser, International and Government Affairs Committees. In addition, he has served on the National Futures Association’s board of directors and is an active member of the Investment Company Institute’s Equity Markets, CPO Advisory and Derivatives Markets Advisory Committees. Brendan also serves on the board of advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics, a joint research center between the Law School, the Wharton School, and the Department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Cornell Law School, 2000, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, 1997, B.A., International Relations, magna cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Finance: Structured finance: derivatives and structured products, The Legal 500 US (2020)
Recommended, Investment fund formation and management: Alternative/hedge funds, The Legal 500 US (2020)
Authorized In-House Counsel, Connecticut
Prior Chairman, CTA, CPO, and Futures Committee, Managed Funds Association
Member, Investment Adviser, International and Government Affairs Committees, General Counsel Forum, Form PF Working Group, Managed Funds Association
Former Member, Board of Directors, Finance Committee, National Futures Association
Member, Equity Markets, CPO Advisory, SEC Rules and Derivatives Markets Advisory Committees, Investment Company Institute
Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Regulatory Compliance Association
Board of Advisors, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Committees on Federal Regulation of Securities; Investment Companies and Investment Advisers; Institutional Investors; and Hedge Funds