Vedder Price

David A. Sturms

Shareholder

Chair, Investment Services Group

David A. Sturms is a Shareholder and Chair of Vedder Price's Investment Services group.

Prior to joining Vedder Price in 1994, Mr. Sturms was a principal of an investment management firm, Stein Roe & Farnham.  

Mr. Sturms has practiced corporate and securities law since 1985, concentrating in investment company matters. He has extensive experience in advising investment companies and investment advisers on all aspects of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and in counseling independent directors of investment companies on their duties and responsibilities under the law. Mr. Sturms was a participant in the SEC Roundtable on the Role of Independent Investment Company Directors and consulted with the ICI Advisory Group on Best Practices for Fund Directors. His publications include "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Independent Directors: Is the System Broken, Creaking or Working?," Villanova Journal of Law and Investment Management (Fall 1999). Mr. Sturms also served on the American Bar Association Task Force that drafted the Fund Director’s Guidebook (2003, 2006 and 2015).

Mr. Sturms was selected for inclusion from 2008 to 2012, and from 2015 to 2017, for Illinois Super Lawyers. In 2017 he was ranked by Chambers USA in the Nationwide Investment Funds: Registered Funds category. He has received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell from 2001 to 2017. From 2012 to 2017, The Legal 500 United States recognized him in the Investment Fund Formation and Management—Mutual/Registered Funds category. In addition, The Legal 500 United States recommends Mr. Sturms as a “bona fide ’40 Act specialist” who brings “preparation, experience and good counsel time and again,” and notes that he has “a high degree of integrity and ability to understand both strategic and operational issues.” He has been selected by his peers from 2012 to 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Securities & Venture Finance. Mr. Sturms was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2015 to 2018 in the Mutual Funds Law category.

Mr. Sturms served on the Investment Company Institute’s SEC Rules and State Committees, as well as the money market funds, advertising, compliance, creditors’ rights and various other ad hoc committees. He also regularly writes and speaks on topics of interest to the investment management community.

Mr. Sturms currently is a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Investment Company Subcommittee and the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers.

Mr. Sturms previously was appointed by the Illinois Secretary of State and served on the Illinois Securities Advisory Committee. 

Recent experience includes working with the following:

  • Mutual funds
  • Closed-end funds
  • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • Investment company independent directors
  • Money market funds 
  • Audit committees
  • Federal and state registration of investment companies and investment advisers
  • Mergers and acquisitions of investment companies and investment advisers
  • D&O/E&O insurance
  • Valuation
  • Compliance
  • Derivative instruments

David A. Sturms

Shareholder

Chair, Investment Services Group

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • The Ohio State University, B.S., 1982

David A. Sturms

Shareholder

Chair, Investment Services Group

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1985

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Affiliations

  • Member, Investment Company Subcommittee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers, American Bar Association

David A. Sturms

Shareholder

Chair, Investment Services Group
  • Publications

    1. April 2014 | Newsletter/Bulletin
    2. September/October 2012 | White Paper
    3. February 2011 | Newsletter/Bulletin
    4. December 2009 | Publication
    5. April 2006 | Publication
    6. Fall 1999 | Article
    7. November/December 1995 | Article
    8. May 1995 | Article

David A. Sturms

Shareholder

Chair, Investment Services Group
  • Past Events

    1. June 5, 2014 | Webinar
    2. August 06, 2013 | Seminar
    3. April 12, 2013 | Seminar
    4. October 02, 2012 | Seminar
    5. December 20, 2011 | Webinar
    6. June 17, 2009 | Seminar
    7. February 26, 2009 | Seminar
    8. October 16, 2003 | Seminar
    9. November 04, 2001 | Seminar
    10. June 07, 2001 | Seminar
    11. February 08, 2001 | Seminar
    12. September 04, 2000 | Seminar
    13. May 2000 | Seminar
    14. October/November 1999 | Seminar
    15. October 12, 1999 | Seminar
    16. September 09, 1999 | Seminar
    17. July 22, 1999 | Seminar
    18. April 26, 1999 | Seminar
    19. February 1999 | Seminar
    20. April 23, 1998 | Seminar