Christopher A. Klem

Partner

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  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1977
  • BA, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1974; Phi Beta Kappa; John Harvard Scholar; Book Prize Winner

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • French
  • Russian
Chris has had extensive experience as a director of venture-stage corporations, conservation organizations and educational institutions. He is currently a Director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and a member of the Wellesley College Investment Committee. He has previously served as an Advisor to the Chewonki Foundation, an Overseer of the DeCordova Museum, a Trustee of the St. Mark’s School, and Vice President and a Trustee of the Fenn School. He is also a former Commissioner of the Lincoln Conservation Commission and member of several local and regional land use commissions. Chris is active in arranging environmentally focused pro bono legal projects for the firm. He has also served as a director of several client-related entities involved in investment and biomedical endeavors.  He is a past Chair of the Committee on Insurance Regulation of the ABA Section on Administrative Law and Practice.

Christopher A. Klem

Partner

Chris focuses his practice on the representation of major institutional investors, including endowments, investment managers, sovereign wealth vehicles, personal wealth vehicles, hedge funds and private equity funds. He also represents broker-dealers, insurance companies and other financial intermediaries. His work for universities includes advice on governance, endowment utilization and a broad range of financial issues. Chris is currently co-head of the firm's Universities and Colleges Practice Group and previously headed the firm’s securities and public companies practice group for many years.

Chris organizes comprehensive outside legal services for many of his clients. Several of these client relationships have been active for more than thirty years. They frequently involve a sensitive coordination of work among general counsels and their staffs, senior management, governing boards and the resources within the firm.

Experience

  • Over twenty-five years of service as chief outside legal advisor and coordinator for Harvard Management Company, the endowment manager for Harvard University, including work with the university in coordinating and overseeing endowment matters. Similar relationships with other universities and their affiliated investment managers.
  • Work on the corporate structure for Natixis Global Asset Management from the time of its launch in 1993 and representation of the client in over a dozen acquisition transactions as part of its “multi-boutique” business strategy.
  • Extensive client advice regarding possible impacts of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and related regulatory rulemakings. Representation of institutional “buy-side” clients in commenting on proposed rules from several agencies on derivatives, financial regulation, market conduct and other topics.
  • Daily, time-sensitive advice on securities trading, ownership reporting and other investment regulation to a broad range of “buy-side” clients.