Clifford E.
Kirsch
Partner

212.389.5052

Cliff Kirsch began his career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), became chief legal officer for one of the country’s largest dually-registered broker-dealer/advisers and then joined Sutherland in 2006. He relies on his regulatory and in-house background and an up-to-date knowledge of regulatory developments to provide practical and innovative counsel to broker-dealers and investment advisers in the areas of securities regulation and compliance.

With more than 25 years of experience, Cliff regularly counsels clients on the design and distribution of investment products including wrap-fee programs and other advisory products, mutual funds, bank collective investment funds and insurance products. He also focuses on issues related to the design and implementation of compliance programs at financial services firms.

While at the SEC, Cliff received the Manuel F. Cohen Award, which recognizes younger lawyers who have displayed outstanding legal ability, integrity and judgment and he served as assistant director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management.

Cliff is a frequent speaker at industry conferences; is the author and editor of two of the leading treatises in the broker-dealer and adviser arena: Broker-Dealer Regulation and Investment Adviser Regulation (published by the Practising Law Institute); and serves as editor of Practising Law Institute’s blog, BD/IA: Regulation in Focus, which provides legal perspectives on current regulatory developments for broker-dealers and investment advisers.

Cliff is also co-founder of the Julia Anne Kirsch Foundation, which seeks to serve the needs of disabled individuals and their families.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of financial services: regulatory (2015)

Professional Activities

Member, New York City Bar Association
Faculty, FINRA Compliance Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Editor, Practising Law Institute’s Blog, BD/IA: Regulation in Focus
Former Chair, FINRA Variable Products Committee
Former Board Member, National Society of Compliance Professionals

Education
  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law
  • B.A., Cornell University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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