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Robert Plaze is one of eight corporate partners and counsel with principal responsibility for our ongoing representation of over 850 mutual funds, closed-end funds, ETFs and business development companies (or their independent board members), as well as investment advisers and other industry service providers. Our clients represent over $1.2 trillion in assets under management (over 8.0% of U.S. investment company assets) that reside in approximately 25 different fund complexes, many of which are household names (e.g., AXA, Dreyfus, iShares, Lazard, Legg Mason) or managed by industry leaders within their asset classes or investment strategies (e.g., Apollo, BlackRock, Harding Loevner, Macquarie, Third Avenue, UBS A&Q).
Mr. Plaze counsels investment advisers and investment companies on regulatory and compliance matters arising under the federal securities laws. Before joining Stroock, he served as Deputy Director of the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his nearly 30 years of service with the Commission, Mr. Plaze was responsible for policy development and management of many of the key regulatory initiatives during that period affecting investment companies and investment advisers under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, including rules governing fund and adviser compliance programs, fund corporate governance, personal trading, custody and brokerage practices, prohibitions on "pay to play" practices, and protection of investor privacy. Most recently, Mr. Plaze was responsible for rulemaking to implement provisions of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act affecting investment advisers, including rules requiring advisers to hedge funds and other private funds to register with the Commission, rules implementing new exemptions from registration and rules requiring reporting by certain exempt investment advisers.
Mr. Plaze is one of the nation's leading experts in the regulation of money market funds. While a Commission official, Mr. Plaze was responsible for the Commission's money market regulatory program, including amendments to rule 2a-7 adopted in 1991, 1996 and 2010. He represented the Commission on several interagency committees of the Financial Stability Oversight Board dealing with systemic risk issues and the regulation of money market funds.
Mr. Plaze joined the Commission in 1983 as an attorney in the Division of Investment Management. During his tenure with the Commission, he held several positions of responsibility in the Division, including Special Counsel, Assistant Director, Associate Director for Regulatory Policy and Deputy Director.
HONORS & AWARDS
- Recipient, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Distinguished Service Award 2009
- Nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States for his work in the category of Investment Fund Formation and Management: Mutual/Registered Funds
- Member, District of Columbia Bar
- Chairman, Investment Management Committee
- Member, American Bar Association
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
District of Columbia
J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1983
A.B., Georgetown University, 1978
NEWSBack To Full Bio
35 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2015
August 18, 2014
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC announced that 35 attorneys across 25 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
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Stroock Attorneys and Practices Ranked by The Legal 500 United States 2014
June 25, 2014
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC, announced that it has once again been recognized in The Legal 500 United States with 27 attorney and 8 practice area rankings.
Money Fund Intelligence: Plaze Says Doing Nothing Better Than SEC Proposals
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan Opens Washington, DC Office
May 29, 2013
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan Opens Washington, DC Office: Experienced Partners in National Security/CFIUS and Investment Management to Lead DC Expansion.
PUBLICATIONSBack To Full Bio
"Effective Date for Money Market Fund Reforms Arrives: Implications for Funds, their Boards and Advisers"
October 14, 2014|Stroock Special Bulletin
"Unintended Consequences of SEC’s Floating NAV"
September 11, 2013|Ignites
"SEC Enacts Final Rules to Disqualify Certain 'Bad Actors' from Conducting Private Placements Under Rule 506"
August 6, 2013|Stroock Special Bulletin
"SEC Adopts New Private Placement Rules Allowing Issuers to Engage in General Solicitations"
August 1, 2013|Stroock Special Bulletin
"Potential Overhaul of Money Market Funds Regulation: A Summary of the SEC Proposal and Discussion of Its Potential Implications"
July 19, 2013|Stroock Special Bulletin
"The Dangers of Money Fund Liquidity Fees"
July 3, 2013|Ignites
"SEC Settles with Former Morgan Keegan Fund Directors"
June 25, 2013|Stroock Special Bulletin
EVENTSBack To Full Bio
2015 Compliance & Risk Management Forum
April 9-10, 2015
Straight Talk for Asset Managers and Their Counsel
April 7, 2015
2015 Investment Adviser Compliance Conference
March 5-6, 2015
IA Compliance Conference: The Full 360° View
February 25-27, 2015
Topics in SEC Enforcement: What you need to know
February 25, 2015
32nd Annual Conference on Life Insurance Company Products: Featuring Current SEC, FINRA, Insurance, Tax, and ERISA Regulatory and Compliance Issues
November 12-14, 2014
Kinetic Partners: New York Launch of the Global Regulatory Outlook 2015
October 29, 2014
2014 NSCP National Conference
October 20-October 22, 2014
"SEC Regulation Outside the United States" London, England
October 15, 2014
2014 TD Ameritrade Institutional Fiduciary Leadership Summit
September 16th, 2014
ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2014
September 11-13, 2014
CompliGlobe: U.S. Compliance for U.K Advisers
June 27, 2014
CompliGlobe: U.S. Compliance for Swiss Advisers
June 26, 2014
2014 MMI Compliance & Legal Seminar
June 11, 2014
Investment Management Consultants Association: 2014 Annual Conference
May 4-7, 2014
Goldman Sachs Asset Management Global Liquidity Summit
April 9-10, 2014
GAIM Ops Cayman 2014
April 7-9, 2014
International Bar Association: 15th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds
March 9-11, 2014
Investment Adviser Association Compliance Conference
March 6-7, 2014
What's Up with the Treasury Report on the Asset Management Industry?
December 17, 2013
Frankel Fiduciary Prize Symposium: Capital Gains Research Bureau v. SEC, Fifty Years Later
December 10, 2013
Current Compliance Developments for Advisers
Monday, December 9, 2013
"SEC Regulation Outside the United States"
London, EnglandNovember 21-22, 2013
Leading Current Issues in Securities Regulation and Enforcement
November 15, 2013
NSCP National Membership Meeting
October 21-23, 2013
28th Annual NRS Fall Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer Compliance Conference
October 9-11, 2013
Ascendant Compliance Conference
September 25-27, 2013
American Bar Association Panel
August 11, 2013
Ignites: "Preparing for Money Fund Reform"
June 28, 2013
CounselWorks Client Retreat: Compliance Issues for Advisers
June 23, 2013