Arthur Don

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Shareholder; Co-Chair, Investment Regulation Group
Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Investment Regulation Group
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group
  • Global Securities
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.456.8438
Fax: 312.456.8435
University Northwestern University, B.S., 1975
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978 Editorial Board, Northwestern University Law Review
Admitted1978, Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar

Professional & Community Involvement

•Director, Public Interest Law Initiative
•Director and Past President, John Howard Association of Illinois, Prison Reform Group
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Chicago Bar Association


Arthur Don has more than 30 years of experience representing mutual funds, public investment companies, fund independent directors, investment advisers, private investment funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, broker-dealers and public companies in a variety of sophisticated securities transactions. His experience includes various aspects of investment company practice, from organizing new funds through acquisitions and mergers of funds. Arthur has represented issuers and underwriters in numerous public offerings. He also frequently advises independent directors on fiduciary duties, and advises clients on compliance policy issues.

Areas of Concentration

•Investment management
•Private equity and venture capital
•Real estate funds
•Corporate compliance and social responsibility
•Pension funds and institutional investors
•Investment funds

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2012-2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2009, 2011-2015
•Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

07.23.15 Greenberg Traurig Launches Financial Services Law Blog
01.13.15 63 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers
10.29.14 Greenberg Traurig's Lori Cohen, Arthur Don, Carl Fornaris and Alan Sutin Participate as Speakers at Association of Corporate Counsel 2014 Annual Meeting
01.11.13 Forty-Five Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois
01.11.13 36 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Edition of Illinois Super Lawyers
10.14.09 Greenberg Traurig's Chicago Office Adds Arthur Don and Nancy Schimmel to its Corporate & Securities Practice

Published Articles

10.01.12 Compliance Checklist for Registered and Exempt Real Estate Fund Advisers Under Dodd-Frank
06.22.12 The JOBS Act Expands Access to Capital in Private Placements and New Public Offerings


03.23.15 SEC Reminds the Fund Industry that Gifts May Violate the 1940 Act, Not Just the Code of Ethics
01.15.15 SEC Announces 2015 Examination Priorities
04.19.13 Investment Regulation Update - April 2013
04.10.13 SEC Clarifies Position on Unregistered Broker-Dealer Sponsors of Internet Funding Networks
09.25.12 SEC Proposes Rule to Eliminate Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising
09.21.11 Buy-Side Roundup, V. 6, No. 7
11.22.10 SEC Proposes New Rules to Implement Exemptions for Advisers to Venture Capital Funds, Private Fund Advisers with Less Than $150 Million in Assets Under Management, and Foreign Private Advisers
07.22.10 The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Co-Author, SEC Clarifies Position on Unregistered Broker-Dealer Sponsors of Internet Funding Networks, Lexology, April 10, 2013
•Co-Author, Compliance Checklist for Registered and Exempt Real Estate Fund Advisers Under Dodd-Frank, PREA Quarterly, Fall 2012
•Co-Author, The JOBS Act Expands Access to Capital in Private Placements and New Public Offerings, PREA Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2012
•Author, Fundamental Decisions: Setting A Mutual Fund's Investment Policies, The Journal of Mutual Fund Services, 1995
•Author, The Role of Investment Company Independent Directors: A New Era of Activism, The Journal of Mutual Fund Services, 1993


•Speaker, Recognizing and Dealing with Conflicts of Interest Arising from Having and Doing Business with Affiliated Entities, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 28-31, 2014
•Speaker, An Introduction to Regulated Entities under U.S. Securities Laws & The Impact on Corporate Practices, Greenberg Traurig CLE Webinar, June 12, 2014
•Speaker, Securities Law Updates & Considerations in The EB-5 Area, Greenberg Traurig's 2013 EB-5 Finance Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 8, 2013
•Speaker, Regulations - What Are the Latest SEC Restrictions on What We Can and Cannot Say to Investors and the Press? What is the Best Approach to Ensuring Compliance Firm-Wide? 2012 NAREIM Capital Raising & Investor Relations Council Meeting, Chicago, IL, December 3, 2012
•Speaker, AIFMD and Dodd-Frank for European Fund Managers, Client Seminar, Amsterdam, January 31, 2012
•Speaker, Living with AIFMD and Dodd-Frank: The Key Concerns, Institutional Investor Legal Forum, October 19, 2011
•Speaker, Dodd-Frank: Implications for Real Estate Organizations, Client Webinar, September 14, 2011
•Speaker, Financial Regulatory Reform Legislation, Various Mutual Fund and Investment Adviser Boards, August 2010-2011
•Speaker, The New Investment Climate: How Financial Reform and Transparency Demands Affect Savers and Investors, New York Private Equity Network, Real Estate Group, April 13, 2011
•Speaker, Legal Considerations for Adviser Outsourcing Arrangements, Chicago Investment Professionals, Chicago, IL, October 12, 2010
•Speaker, Private Equity in the Age of Regulation: What Will the New Rules Mean, FTI Consulting Lunch Panel, Hollywood, FL, October 5, 2010
•Speaker, Securities Law Overview, Mentor Continuing Legal Education, Illinois, April 2010
•Speaker, Global REITs: Investment, Financing and Structuring, Euromoney Seminar, London, England, April 2006
•Speaker, SEC Compliance Program Rules and Investment Company Governance, Regional Meeting of National Investment Company Service Association, Kansas City, MO, April 2004


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SEC Reminds the Fund Industry that Gifts May Violate the 1940 Act, Not Just the Code of Ethics
Richard M. Cutshall,Arthur Don, April 9, 2015
Late last month, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management released Guidance Update No. 2015-01 (February 2015), reminding the investment management community of the potential conflicts of interest that arise when the personnel of an investment adviser to a registered...

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77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
ChicagoIL 60601


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