Rajib Chanda

Partner

  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2000; Hewlett Foundation Law & Negotiation Fellow; Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review
  • AB (Economics), with honors, Brown University, 1997

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Bengali
  • American Bar Association

Rajib has significant experience in teaching negotiation skills. Since 1998, he has regularly served as an instructor for basic and advanced negotiation workshops at Harvard Law School and elsewhere.

Rajib serves as a Class Secretary for The Lawrenceville School, a Class Agent and a Class Regional Activities Chair for Brown University, and a Class Reunion Chair for Harvard Law School.

Rajib Chanda

Partner

Rajib focuses on investment management and securities law. Rajib counsels investment advisers, registered investment companies (open-end mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds) and private funds on transactional, regulatory and compliance matters. Rajib also has substantial experience in transactions involving investment companies, including mergers and acquisitions of or by investment advisers and fund adoption transactions, as well as counseling foreign and U.S. clients on cross-border transactional and regulatory matters. Rajib also counsels investment advisers, boards of directors and asset management firms on the use and appropriate application of social media tools.

Rajib is chair of the firm’s Attorneys of Color Group, and is a member of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committees. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum.

Experience

  • Advising Affiliated Managers Group and Managers Funds with respect to several transactions, including purchases of advisory firms and the reorganization of those firms' mutual funds into the Managers Funds complex.
  • Advising ProShares with respect to the organization and launch of over fifty exchange-traded funds since 2007.
  • Advising the Highland Funds on a variety of different matters, including day-to-day regulatory advice, the organization of new funds, exemptive applications, and the launch of exchange-traded funds among other matters.
  • Advising numerous private equity firms with respect to their initial registration as investment advisers as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act and continuing compliance with the Investment Advisers Act.
  • Counseling several companies domiciled in foreign countries or undergoing initial public offerings with respect to avoiding inadvertent classification as investment companies.
  • Advising several firms with respect to exemptive applications to offer index, leveraged and active exchange-traded funds.
  • Providing advice and counseling with respect to the securities offering rules of foreign countries in connection with the offering of investment advisory services and private fund interests.
  • Providing negotiation consulting services to large professional service organizations, corporations, non-profit entities and independent directors of mutual funds.

Awards

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, Rising Star (2014)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2013) 

Insights

Publications

Presentations

  • Interviewed, “How to Use Personal Brands to Promote Businesses,” Ignites (April 16, 2014)
  • Panelist, 2014 Investment Company Institute Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, “Regulatory Developments at the SEC: Is This the New Normal?”, (March 17, 2014)
  • Panelist, BoardIQ webcast, “Succession Planning on Mutual Fund Boards,” (March 5, 2014)
  • Discussion Facilitator, Mutual Fund Directors Forum’s Conference of Fund Leaders Roundtable, “Board Oversight of Cyber-Security,” (March 4, 2014)
  • Presenter, Investment Company Institute’s webinar on Securities Law Developments: Spotlight on the SEC – Developments Affecting Funds and Advisers (January 31, 2014)
  • Presenter, Independent Directors Council webinar, “Social Media and Cybersecurity: A Webinar for Fund Directors,” (December 9, 2013)
  • Panelist, Investment Company Institute’s 2013 Closed-End Fund Conference, “Facing the Emerging Challenges of Managing a Closed-End Fund, Part 1: Internal Pressures,” (November 5, 2013)
  • Moderator, Independent Directors Council’s 2013 Fund Directors Conference, discussion group on Board Governance (October 23, 2013)
  • Panelist, Independent Directors Council 2013 Fund Directors Conference, “Technology’s Impact on Funds: Trends in Funds’ Use of Social Media, Cybersecurity Threats, and Board Understanding of These Developments,” (October 22, 2013)
  • Presenter, Mutual Fund Directors Forum webinar, “The Morgan Keegan Board's SEC Settlement Order - Lessons and Implications,” (June 27, 2013)
  • Panelist, North American South Asian Bar Association 2013 Annual Convention, “Building Books of Business,” (June 21, 2013)
  • Presenter, NICSA webinar, “The Fund Industry Goes Social,” (June 19, 2013)
  • Panelist, Investment Company Institute’s 2013 Mutual Fund Compliance Conference, “Lightening Round: Q&A with Compliance Experts,” (May 3, 2013)
  • Discussion Facilitator, Investment Company Institute’s 2013 Mutual Fund Compliance Conference, “Large Fund Complexes,” (May 3, 2013)
  • Panelist, Investment Company Institute’s 2013 Mutual Fund Compliance Conference, “Trust , but Verify: Oversight of Subadvisers,” (May 2, 2013)
  • Presenter, Mutual Fund Directors Forum webinar “SEC v. Morgan Keegan Board: Lessons & Implications for Valuation Oversight,” (January 17, 2013)
  • Presenter, Boston Bar Association, “How Financial Services Firms View Legal & Regulatory Issues Relating to Social Media,” (November 16, 2012)
  • Presenter, Independent Directors Council 2012 Fund Directors Conference, “Valuation: Emerging Issues and Considerations for Fund Boards,” (October 2, 2012)
  • Presenter, Independent Directors Council Boston Chapter Meeting, “Negotiation Topics for Boards and Directors: Getting Better Distributive Outcomes,” (September 12, 2012)
  • Presenter, Independent Directors Council NY Chapter Meeting, “Negotiation Topics for Boards and Directors: Getting Better Distributive Outcomes,” (September 5, 2012)
  • Presenter, Mutual Fund Directors Forum 2012 Policy Conference, “Effective Negotiation Techniques,” (June 19, 2012)
  • Moderator, Independent Directors Council’s "2012 Investment Company Directors Workshop," discussion group on Board Governance (May 10, 2012)
  • Moderator, Ignites webcast, “Balancing Marketing, Compliance for Social Media Success,” (April 24, 2012)
  • Presenter, Mutual Fund Directors Forum webinar, “How Tweet It Is: Board Oversight of Social Media,” (April 19, 2012)
  • Presenter, 2012 Investment Company Institute Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference panel discussion on “Social Media Opportunities and Challenges," (March 19, 2012)
  • Presenter, NICSA General Membership Meeting and Best Practices Symposium panel discussion on Social Media in the Workplace  (October 6, 2011)
  • Presenter, Investment Company Institute’s webinar on Mutual Fund Filing and Disclosure Requirements: Form N-1A Disclosure Requirements (June 28, 2011)
  • Presenter, Investment Company Institute’s webinar on Mutual Fund Filing and Disclosure Requirements: Form N-1A Procedural Requirements (June 8, 2011)
  • Presenter, Mutual Fund Directors Forum's 2011 Directors' Institute lecture on “Negotiation Strategies for Mutual Fund Boards,” (January 2011)
  • Presenter, North American South Asian Bar Association 2010 Convention, Interactive Workshop Focusing on Negotiation Strategies in Mediation (June 25, 2010)