Robert Kurucza is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s Investment Management Group within its Registered Funds and Mutual Funds practice. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading legal advisors in the financial services industry. He has represented major financial services companies, including banks, asset management firms, mutual fund complexes, trust companies, private wealth management firms and securities firms, in connection with a variety of regulatory matters and transactions, as well as litigation and compliance issues. In particular, he advises clients on the impact of federal banking and securities laws on structuring new product and service offerings, cross-industry initiatives and other business issues. Mr. Kurucza is a past chairman of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Securities Products, and was named by the American Banker as one of the 125 most influential people in Washington, D.C. with regard to financial service matters. Mr. Kurucza also served as General Counsel to the former Bank Securities Association. Mr. Kurucza has chaired and appeared as a panelist on numerous banking, mutual fund and securities law programs. His many authored articles on securities, mutual fund and banking law matters have appeared in the Legal Times of Washington, American Banker, The Bank Securities Journal and various bar association publications, as well as an American Bankers Association publication, Banks and Mutual Funds. Mr. Kurucza is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, American Banker and other financial publications.He was formerly the Director of the Securities & Corporate Practices Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Assistant Director of the Division of Investment Management for the SEC, and Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Securities Commission.