Mark Strefling is recognized as an industry-leading investment management lawyer and regulatory compliance expert. With over two decades of experience in the alternative investment industry, Mark represents private fund managers in the formation of complex and hybrid private fund structures, capital markets and privately placed investment transactions, and regulatory compliance matters ranging from investment adviser registration and the development of comprehensive compliance policies to high-stakes regulatory examinations, investigations and enforcement actions.
Most recently, Mark was a partner of and served as the General Counsel and Chief Executive Officer of a US$6 billion global alternative asset manager with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. With over a decade of in-house experience, Mark was responsible for the strategic leadership of global legal, compliance and operations teams, the alignment of legal and business strategy, and the design of dynamic and integrated compliance and operational control processes to mitigate enterprise risk.
Prior to serving in “in-house” roles, Mark was a Partner in the Investment Management Practice at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (formerly, Faegre & Benson LLP), leading the firm’s hedge fund practice group, pioneering innovative private fund structures, and representing managers in critical regulatory compliance matters. In this role, Mark also represented institutional investors in connection with legal and operational due diligence initiatives and negotiating side letter agreements to protect and establish investor rights.
Mark began his career in the investment management industry at KPMG LLP, where he served as a Tax Specialist in its Asset Management practice. Here, Mark garnered expertise in federal tax law for private investment funds and advised on the implications of United States and international tax laws and regulation in the design of investment structures and complex securities, investment strategies and investment transactions; serving as a foundation for his later work in the alternative investment industry.
Mark received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a Juris Doctor (JD), magna cum laude, from the Creighton University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA), cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas with dual majors in Financial Management and Accounting.