Legal and Compliance

Stephen McSheaStephen McShea

General Counsel

Steve is responsible for the management and implementation of all legal and regulatory operations of the U.S. division of Fiera Capital and is a member of the Management Committee. He has been practicing securities, general corporate, and finance law since 2000, first in private practice for nine years and then in-house as a General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

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Steve has significant experience representing issuers, managers and investors in connection with structuring, organizing, offering, operating, and investing in, international and domestic private investment funds (including seed funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, fund-of-funds and bespoke funds) as well as liquid alternative mutual funds. He also has experience in securities law and regulatory compliance, private equity financing, mergers and reorganizations, general corporate matters, secured lending, and bankruptcy. Steve is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and on webinars dealing with regulatory and compliance issues facing SEC-registered investment advisers and CFTC-registered commodity pool operators.

In addition to his role at Fiera Capital Inc., Steve also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches a class on investment adviser and hedge fund regulation. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, he was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Larch Lane Advisors. Prior to joining Larch Lane, he was a senior associate at Dechert LLP in its Financial Services and Investment Management group.

Steve received a JD/MBA from Boston College in 2000 and is a member of the Bars of New York and Massachusetts.

Linda Kleftodimou SmithLinda Kleftodimou Smith

Chief Compliance Officer and Regulatory Counsel

Linda is responsible for oversight, management and implementation of the U.S. division's compliance policies and procedures, registered fund offerings, regulatory filings, marketing material review, and general regulatory advice.

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Linda brings more than 10 years of investment management and corporate law experience to Fiera Capital's U.S. team, with deep expertise in the Investment Advisers Act and other U.S. securities laws relating to investment management. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Linda was a Senior Principal Consultant for ACA Compliance Group where she provided regulatory advice to leading investment advisers including hedge fund and private equity fund managers.  Prior to joining ACA Compliance Group, she managed the New York operations of SEC Compliance Consultants, a compliance consulting firm with U.S. and international clientele ranging from start-ups to established managers with more than $60 billion under management. Prior to her compliance consulting roles, she was an associate at various law firms in New York and the UK, including Dechert LLP, with practice experience covering investment management, general corporate, and M&A. 

She is a founding member and co-chair of the Private Investment Funds subcommittee of the New York Bar Association. Linda received her JD from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Scholar. She also holds postgraduate law degrees from the London School of Economics and L’Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Cameron IrajCameron Iraj

Senior Compliance Counsel

Cameron is responsible for regulatory and compliance matters.

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Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Cameron spent eight years as an Executive Director of Legal and Compliance at Arden Asset Management (now Aberdeen Asset Management) where he served as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel. In those roles he assisted the General Counsel with various compliance and legal matters related to the daily global operation of the firm. Prior to joining Arden, he held similar roles at Citigroup, TD Waterhouse and Bear, Stearns & Co Inc.

Cameron received a BA from Boston University and a JD from St. John's University School of Law.

Alina WeissAlina Weiss

Associate General Counsel

Alina joined Fiera Capital Inc. in July 2016 to serve as Associate General Counsel.

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Alina brings almost six years of diverse legal and compliance experience to the U.S. legal team.  Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Alina was an associate in the bank finance group at White & Case in New York where she represented financial institutions, sponsors and corporate borrowers on a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing matters, including leveraged and investment grade acquisition financings, asset-based financings and general corporate lending transactions.  Prior to joining White & Case, Alina was an associate in the legal and compliance group of GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit arm of The Blackstone Group in New York where she handled a variety of matters, including investment adviser compliance, product formation, and general corporate. 

Jill FridleyJill Fridley

Associate General Counsel

Jill joined Fiera Capital Inc. in February 2017 to serve as Associate General Counsel.

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Jill brings more than nine years of diverse legal experience to the US legal team. Prior to joining  Fiera Capital, Jill was Senior Counsel for United Retirement Plan Consultants (URPC) in Dublin, Ohio, where she managed a broad range of matters, including corporate structuring, governance, ERISA compliance, strategic relationships, contract management, data and security, and other day-to-day general corporate matters. Prior to joining URPC, during law school, Jill served as a Law Clerk for the Ohio State University Trademark and Licensing Department, where she conducted trademark audits and assisted with trademark enforcement efforts. Prior to attending law school, Jill was a Paralegal for Dechert LLP in New York, where she provided support to the Financial Services and Investment Management practice group.

Jill is a member of the Central Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel, where she serves on the board. She received her JD from Ohio State University in 2012 and is a member of the Ohio Bar. She is based in the Dayton office.