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 Smith
Chief Compliance Officer and Regulatory Counsel
Linda brings more than 20 years diverse legal experience, including 10 years of investment management and corporate law practice, 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.
Associate General Counsel
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.
Associate General Counsel
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.
Senior Compliance Associate
Faith has 7 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, she was a Legal and Compliance Analyst at Capstone Investment Advisors, where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s compliance program including SEC, NFA, and AIFMD filings, annual review, compliance testing, monitoring and implementation of employee personal trading and Code of Ethics, proxy voting, class action filings, and cybersecurity risk assessment. Faith is also a former NFA Compliance Examiner. In that capacity, she conducted NFA compliance and financial audits, reviewed marketing materials, analyzed regulatory filings, investigated complaints, and responded to member queries. Previously, Faith was an Associate at BCM Energy Partners; in this role, she was responsible for maintaining corporate records, managing the firm’s annual audit, and regulatory reporting. She also served as a Client Services Assistant at Oppenheimer and Company.
Faith graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Investments from Baruch College. She is Series 3 registered and holds a designation as a Certified Fraud Examiner.