Stuart Fross is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he concentrates his practice on securities laws and regulations, as part of the Private Equity & Venture Capital, Transactional & Securities, and International Practices.
Stuart's main focus is investment managers and pooled investment vehicles, including U.S. registered open-end, closed-end and exchange-traded funds, bank collective investment funds (with an emphasis on stable value funds), UCITS funds, as well as private funds, organized in the United States and offshore. Stuart has extensive experience in equity, high income and fixed income trading operations, as well as with distribution related issues for registered and unregistered funds.
Prior to joining Foley, Stuart was a partner with an international AmLaw100 law firm. His experience also includes his roles as deputy general counsel and senior vice president for strategic initiatives with Fidelity Management & Research Company and assistant secretary of the Fidelity Group of Funds. Stuart held several additional positions at Fidelity, including four years as deputy general counsel and senior vice president to the Legal Product Management division, during which time he was responsible for all registration statement filings for the Fidelity Funds. From 1998 to 2001, Stuart was general counsel and senior vice president for Fidelity International Limited, where he supervised Fidelity's legal, compliance and administrative staff located in Europe, Asia and Bermuda. At various times, Stuart supported Fidelity’s transfer agency, fund accounting, institutional distribution, and Canadian and Latin American businesses. In 2002 to 2004, Stuart was the senior vice president – strategic initiatives of Fidelity Brokerage Company where he was responsible for initiating Fidelity’s strategy for retail distribution of fixed income securities.
Stuart is also a co-inventor of a business method patent related to active exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The patent covers technology for an ETF to invest in an actively managed mutual fund and for the ETF sponsor to create a creation and redemption basket that approximates the holdings, risks and return characteristics of the mutual fund without disclosing its entire portfolio.
- Rated AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating, in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, 2020
- Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds for fund formation, 2015 and 2016
- Recognized in 2010 for the John S. Baerst Award for Excellence in Teaching at Boston University’s Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law
- Received the Edwin F. Mandel Award for Clinical Legal Studies, The University of Chicago, 1985
Stuart is a lecturer in law at the Boston University School of Law in the graduate program in banking and financial law.
He is a frequent speaker at industry events on such topics as the history of the fund industry and related regulation.
- Co-author, “Private Equity Industry Practice Guide,” Lexis Practice Advisor®, July 2017
- Quoted, “With Zero-Fee Funds, What’s a Board to Do at 15(c) Time?,” by Greg Saitz, Board IQ, April 11, 2017
- Co-author, “Generating returns through better relationships: How managed custody accounts benefit managers and investors,” Journal of Securities Operations & Custody, Volume 8, Number 4, (July 2016)
- Contributor, The Socially Savvy Advisor: Compliant Social Media for the Financial Industry, published by Wiley, December 2014
- Co-author, The Uneasy Chaperone – A Resource for Independent Directors of Mutual Funds (Third Edition), published by Management Practice Inc., 2014
- Co-author, “Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive – The Registered Investment Advisers Implementation Checklist,” The Investment Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 5, May 2013
- Co-author, “Authorization for US Managers under the AIFMD,” The Investment Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 4, April 2012
- Co-author, “The Advent of Investment Adviser Remuneration Regulation,” The Investment Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 7, July 2011
- Breakout Session Leader, Alternative Investment Management Association, Alternative Credit Council Summit, Tax Update, New York 2019
- Panelist, Private Credit Fund Raising – A Practical Guide, “Turnkey to Europe: How to launch a cross border fund,” hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP and DMS Investment Management Services Ltd., November 14, 2018
- Speaker, “A Concise Outlook on the U.S. Post-Election,” “Cross-Border Conference 2017, The Changing Landscape of Fund Distribution,” Luxembourg, February 2017
- Webinar Panelist, “Build Your Reputation and Your Business with Social Media – While Remaining Compliant,” hosted by Wiley and LinkedIn, November 12, 2014
- Panelist, National Directors Institute, “Investment Funds and Corporate Governance Panel,” Chicago, Illinois, November 6, 2014
- Panelist, ALFI/NICSA Webinar, “What US Managers Need to Know - CIS Regulation After Crisis,” April 30, 2014
- Panelist, Cross-Border Group Sponsored Webinar, “The Basics Needed for U.S./Non-EEA Private Funds to Make a Fully-Informed Decision,” April 28, 2014
- Panelist, Cross-Border Group Sponsored Webinar, “Reporting/Disclosure Valuation, Remuneration, Etc. for U.S./Non-EU & EEA Private Fund Managers “Passporting” Via Luxembourg,” April 17, 2014
- Third Party Marketers Association Annual Conference “New Horizons: Investment Marketing in the Age of Globalization,” Boston, Massachusetts, April 9-10, 2014
- Panelist, IA Watch Compliance Best Practices Summit, “Compliance Solutions for Hedge and Private Equity Fund Advisers,” Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014
- Panelist, Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry Road Show, “AIFMD Remuneration,” New York, New York and Boston, Massachusetts, November 4-6, 2013
- Investment Adviser Association, Members Conference Call, “Social Media for RIAs,” September 4, 2013
- “AIFMD: Marketing Under the Passporting Regime,” New York, New York, June 18, 2013
- “The SEC’s Money Fund Proposals,” Boston, Massachusetts, June 13, 2013
- “It’s a Small World After All” - A Digest of Foreign Legal Developments Affecting US Money Managers, presented to 2013 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, sponsored by the Investment Company Institute and the Federal Bar Association, March 18, 2013
- Speaker, 2013 Boston Regional Meeting, “Current Hot Products,” Boston, Massachusetts, March 4, 2013
- Panelist, State Street Global Services Chief Compliance Officer Forum, "Regulatory Developments - Staying Ahead of the Rule Changes," November 2012
- "Managed Accounts –Regulatory/Compliance Update,” 10th Annual Managed Accounts UMA Summit, Boston, Massachusetts, September 13, 2012
- "The Uncertainty of Financial Reform," Deloitte’s New York Hedge Fund Symposium, New York, New York, September 20, 2012
- "The Uncertainty of Financial Reform," Deloitte’s Boston Hedge Fund Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts, October 17, 2012
- NICSA 30th Annual Conference & Expo, "Engaging Investors in a Hyper-Connected World – Intermediary Oversight Panel," Miami, Florida, February 14, 2012
- Executive Briefing “Mastering AIFMD Challenge” Conference, “The Transatlantic View: AIFMD – Do US Managers Care? AIFMD and Dodd-Frank, Convergence, Divergence or Co-incidence,” Luxembourg, October 11, 2011
- American Conference Institute, Broker Dealers and Investment Advisers Conference, “Federal Regulation of Investment Advisers – Registration & Its Consequences,” New York, New York, March 31, 2011
- Investment Company Institute: 2011 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, “Post-Crisis Regulatory Change – It’s Happening Outside of the US, Too,” Palm Desert, California, March 28, 2011
- Investment Adviser Association, IAA Compliance Workshop, Remarks on Form ADV Part 2 and Massachusetts Privacy Regulations; “A Dodd-Frank Primer for Investment Advisers,” Los Angeles, California, November 30, 2010
- Investment Adviser Association, IAA Compliance Workshop, Remarks on Form ADV Part 2 and the Custody Rule; “A Dodd-Frank Primer for Investment Advisers,” Chicago, Illinois, November 10, 2010
- Boston University, IM Basics, “ETFs/Wrap Accounts/Money Market Funds,” Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, October 14, 2010
- Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, 19th Annual Global Investment Funds Forum, “Fund Governance-Developments in the U.S. and Europe and What the Industry Should be Focused On,” Luxembourg, September 28-29, 2010
- Financial Research Associates, LLC, 6th Annual Marketing & Advertising Compliance Forum for Investment Advisers, “International Marketing & Advertising: Global Perspective,” The Princeton Club, New York City, September 16-17, 2010
- International Bar Association, 21st Annual Globalization of Investment Funds, “Global Distribution Panel,” Boston, Massachusetts, May 18, 2010.
- International Bar Association, Presentation on Global Distribution Issues, May 3, 2010
- National Society of Compliance Professionals: 2009 National Membership Meeting, “Valuation of Fixed Income,” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 5, 2009
- Webinar, “SEC Mutual Fund Summary Prospectuses - Implications and Compliance,” Boston, Massachusetts, March 10, 2009
- Risk Management Association Forum, “Managing Risk and Innovation: Top Ten Learnings,” Boston, Massachusetts, April 21, 2009
- National Society of Compliance Professionals: National Membership Meeting, “International Compliance Issues,” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 26, 2008
- Investment Company Institute: Mutual Funds Conference, “Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and the Registered Investment Adviser,” Phoenix, Arizona, March 18, 2008
- The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and The National Investment Company Service Association: The 16th Annual Global Investment Funds Forum, “US Investment Company Corporate Governance Outline,” Kirchberg, Luxembourg, September 26, 2007