Who We Are
The Institutional Investors Committee (the "Committee") is a new committee of attorneys, compliance and regulatory professionals working at or servicing institutional investors including pension plans (both public and corporate), endowments, foundations, family offices, insurance companies, private investment funds, sovereign wealth funds and high net worth investors.
The mission of the Institutional Investors Committee is to address key legal and regulatory issues that institutional investors face in managing their large investment portfolios.
Importance of Committee
Institutional investors face complex challenges in successfully managing their investment portfolios. Issues such as portfolio transparency, liquidity, investment manager fraud, a dramatic increase in alternative investments and first-time allocations to new asset classes are just some of the important issues institutional investors face. Attorneys and other compliance professionals working at or servicing institutional investors play a critical role in ensuring that their client's goals are successfully met, often having to navigate complex legal, regulatory and business issues. These attorneys and other compliance professionals also play an important role in the development and improvement of laws and regulations that impact institutional investors and their investment standards.
The Committee is the leading national source of information and discussion on legal and regulatory issues impacting institutional investors, a forum for discussion of proposed changes to the rules and regulations governing investment activities and a source of information to its members and other substantive committees of the ABA's Business Law Section on emerging policy issues pertaining to institutional investor affairs. The Committee will be an advocate for institutional investors within the ABA.
The Committee will provide informational resources and a forum for both in-house and private practice attorneys, compliance officers and other regulatory professionals to discuss and learn about the unique investment, legal and regulatory issues which institutional investors face in successfully managing their investment portfolios. Programming (including CLE seminars) and legal/regulatory content on investment matters that attorneys working at or with institutional investors confront and are of high topical interest affecting their practice areas will be provided. The Committee will also assist in the development and improvement of the laws and regulations impacting institutional investors through interaction with other substantive committees of the ABA Business Law Section and will feature regular social and networking opportunities for its members.
Committee Membership and Future Events
We encourage all ABA members including lawyers and non-lawyer associate members who are interested in our Committee, its goals and subject matter to join our Committee. This includes lawyers and other professionals working at institutional investors such as pension plans, endowments and family offices as well as attorneys in private practice. Your voice is an important one to the future success of our work and we encourage you to become active in our Committee.
Programs and Publications
The Committee will seek to develop meetings, CLE seminars and written material on the following potential issues (subject to Committee and Section interest). These programs and materials will assist the Committee in developing an effective leading role within the ABA on key legal and regulatory developments that impact all institutional investors regardless of type:
- Developing robust institutional investor legal risk management systems including effective communications with external managers.
- Negotiating an investment with alternative managers including private equity. What critical terms should lawyers representing investors consider incorporating into their agreements with alternative investment managers?
- "Best practice" manager due diligence standards including issues associated with operational failures, hidden investment risk and potential fraud.
- Developing leading standards on what legal and regulatory information should be conveyed to investors as a result of potential changes associated with hedge fund registration rules.