Christopher Menconi advises investment companies, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and their investment advisers and boards of directors on regulatory, compliance, organizational and operational matters. He also advises insurance companies on the regulation of variable insurance products under the federal securities laws.
Chris regularly counsels clients on organizing, registering and operating investment companies. He assists investment companies and their advisers with the development of new products and services, the design of compliance programs, and the structure and negotiation of mergers and acquisitions. He works with regulators on behalf of his clients to obtain interpretive and “no-action” guidance as well as exemptive relief. He also advises boards of directors, including independent directors, on their duties under federal and state law. His clients include passive and active ETFs, multiple series and multi-class funds, funds of funds, manager of managers funds, alternative strategy funds and insurance-dedicated funds.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Chris was a partner in the financial services practice of another international law firm. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, he has authored several articles on securities regulatory issues. Chris has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he taught on investment management regulation.
Catholic University of America, 1990, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 1994, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Investment Funds: Registered Funds, USA, Chambers Global (2021)
Band 1, Investment Funds: Registered Funds, USA - Nationwide, Chambers USA (2021)
Ranked, Investment Funds: Registered Funds, USA - Nationwide, Chambers USA (2020)
Recognized, Mutual Funds Law, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2020–2022)
Recommended, Investment fund formation and management: Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds, The Legal 500 US (2018–2021)
Member, ETF Law Firm of the Year, ETF.com (2019)
Member, Best ETF Legal & Compliance Firm, ETFexpress (2019)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Asset Management, Law360 (2017)
Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
Lead Articles Editor, The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy