Who We Are
The Institutional Investors Committee (the "Committee") is the preeminent resource in the U.S. for legal, compliance and regulatory professionals representing the full range of the "buy side" of institutional management.
Our membership includes people from pension plans (both public and corporate), endowments, foundations, family offices, funds of funds, insurance companies, private investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, and high net worth investors, and the law firms and professionals at key service sector firms such as administration, ODD, brokerage, and banking.
We foster a friendly and "flat" environment in which every member is encouraged not only to participate and enjoy our comradery, but to captain their ideas and channel them into panel discussions, working group projects, comment letters to legislators and regulators, blogs, professional publications, or other avenues yet to be explored.
The mission of the Institutional Investors Committee is to address key legal, compliance and regulatory issues that institutional investors face in managing their investment portfolios and complying with regulatory requirements and mission-critical constituencies.
Importance of Committee
Institutional investors face complex challenges in successfully managing their businesses. Issues such as portfolio management, advisory diligence and contracting, asset protection, corporate stewardship, brokerage and custody, and investor relations are just some of the important issues institutional investors face. We, the attorneys and compliance professionals working at or servicing institutional investors, play a critical role in ensuring that their client's goals are met, often having to navigate difficult legal, regulatory and business issues. We 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 is an advocate for institutional investors within the ABA.
The Committee provides 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 focuses on investment matters that attorneys working at or with institutional investors confront and are of high topical interest affecting their practice areas. The Committee also assists 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 features social and networking opportunities for its members. Our listserv is a forum to raise and discuss new issues with immediacy and an immediate impact.
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 us. This includes lawyers and other professionals working at institutional investors such as pension plans, endowments, foundations, funds of funds, family offices, insurance companies, private investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, and high net worth investors, as well as attorneys in private practice and leadership of key service sectors such as administration, ODD, brokerage, and banking. 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 seeks to develop meetings, CLE seminars and written material on the following potential issues (subject to Committee and Section interest). These programs and materials assist us 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 investment contracts with an eye toward critical and cutting edge issues
- "Best practice" manager due diligence standards including issues associated with valuation, operational weakness, hidden investment risk and potential fraud