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  • SEC Regulation Think-In 2020 - 15 and 16 September 2020

Jennifer is Branch Chief at the Division of Investment Management – Private Funds Branch,  The Private Funds Branch of the Investment Adviser Regulation Office focuses on regulations affecting private funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, and venture capital funds, and their advisers. The group provides policy recommendations to the Commission and interpretive guidance to internal constituents and external industry participants.  Prior to joining the SEC, she was an associate at K&L Gates LLP and Seward & Kissel LLP where she advised clients on the structuring, formation, and private offering requirements of private funds and provided counsel to investment advisers in regulatory and compliance matters.  Ms. Songer received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Natasha is responsible for leading the Washington, DC-based investment adviser and investment company examination office at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. This new position was created to oversee and direct the work of the approximately 40 lawyers, accountants, and examiners whose primary responsibility is to conduct examinations of offshore SEC registrants and support National Examination Program initiatives throughout the country.

Ms. Greiner has served in various roles at the SEC for the past 18 years, including recently as Acting Chief Counsel and Assistant Chief Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets where she provided legal and policy advice to the Commission on rules affecting market participants and the operation of the securities markets. Prior to joining the Division of Trading and Markets, Ms. Greiner spent almost a decade in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, including in its Asset Management Unit, where she investigated possible violations of the federal securities laws and litigated civil enforcement proceedings in federal district court and administrative proceedings. Ms. Greiner began her career at the SEC in OCIE where she conducted examinations of broker-dealers.

Natasha earned her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University.

Mark Berman advises and conducts training programmes for hedge funds, investment managers, issuers, regulators and multi-national banks and brokers in Europe and Asia on SEC practice outside the United States, UK and EU issues and cross-border regulatory, compliance and AML matters.

Mark was a lawyer with the Division of Corporation Finance and the Division of Market Regulation of the US Securities and Exchange Commission where he worked on domestic and foreign private issuer disclosure and trading practices issues, respectively. He was a lawyer with the London Stock Exchange where he advised on UK, EU and US supervision, surveillance and regulatory matters and listing rules issues, and helped draft the 1994 re-write of the trading rules. Mark began his career in financial services with Merrill Lynch.

Apart from his leading CompliGlobe and his time as a regulator, he held senior positions as head of legal and compliance, compliance officer, MLRO and assistant company secretary. He chaired and served on new product committees. Mark wrote An Introduction to Hedge Funds (Risk Books). He edited and contributed to SEC Regulation Outside the United States (Risk Books) and Hedge Funds & Prime Brokers (Risk Books).