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John S. Marten

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors

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John S. Marten

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors

John S. Marten is a Shareholder in Vedder Price's Chicago office and member of Vedder Price’s Investment Services group. He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Marten has extensive experience representing clients in the investment management industry, including representation of fund independent directors, counseling clients with respect to mutual fund, closed-end fund and exchange-traded fund regulation, compliance, product design and registration, and experience with investment adviser matters, derivative instruments and other investment management regulatory issues. Mr. Marten primarily focuses his practice on counseling boards of directors of investment companies and, in particular, independent directors, on their special responsibilities.

Mr. Marten has represented clients on a broad range of matters, including the following:

  • Advising fund independent directors on fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest and other governance matters and counseling fund clients on all aspects of board administration and meeting preparation
  • Advising investment companies and investment advisers on all aspects of ongoing compliance matters, including drafting and reviewing compliance policies and procedures and assisting clients in annual compliance reviews
  • Handling all aspects of the formation of funds, including corporate formation, SEC registration and initial securities issuance
  • Representing mutual fund clients in structuring complex alternative fund products, including negotiating derivative contracts
  • Leading a series of fund reorganizations to streamline legal entities within a client’s mutual fund complex
  • Assisting a client in obtaining exemptive relief from the SEC to operate under an affiliated manager-of-managers structure
  • Counseling clients in connection with preparing for, and responding to, SEC examination requests

Mr. Marten is also Co-Editor of the Investment Services Regulatory Update, a monthly publication that keeps clients updated on relevant regulatory developments. In 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021, he was recognized as a leading attorney by The Legal 500 United States guide in the Investment Fund Formation and Management—Mutual/Registered Funds category. Since 2021, Mr. Marten has been recognized by Chambers USA as an up-and-coming practitioner nationwide in the Investment Funds: Registered Funds category and by Chambers Global in the same category in 2022. He was also selected as an Illinois Emerging Lawyer, a category of lawyers under 40, named by Leading Lawyers, in 2017.

John S. Marten

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 2001, summa cum laude

John S. Marten

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2004

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association

John S. Marten

Shareholder

Member, Board of Directors