Edwin C. Laurenson - McDermott Will & Emery


Edwin (Ted) Charles Laurenson focuses his practice on investment management matters, including private investment funds, investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the registration and compliance obligations of investment managers and the funds they manage under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act (including related exemptions). In recent years, he has also focused on broker-dealer matters and the interpretation of the Volcker Rule’s restrictions on the activities of banking entities.

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  • Represents numerous hedge fund managers and their funds; among other matters, during the first half of 2015 he represented a fund manager in obtaining a no-action letter from SEC staff concerning the application of the SEC’s custody rule under the Investment Advisers Act
  • Represented the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in connection with the presentation of a proposed interpretation of the Volcker Rule “joint venture” exception to the Volcker Rule regulatory agencies
  • Represents two major banks with respect to ongoing consultations concerning Volcker Rule matters relating to proprietary trading and covered funds

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  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, including Federal Regulation of Securities Committee (subcommittees on Hedge Funds, and Investment Companies and Investment Advisers) and Institutional Investors Committee
  • Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, Governing Council member and various officer positions for nearly 20 years, president 2008 to 2011


Yale University – Yale Law School, JD, 1975
Amherst College, BA, magna cum laude, 1972

New York