Beth Clark provides clients with practical advice and cost-effective solutions to help them achieve their business goals. Inspired by the entrepreneurship and innovative spirit of the private funds, startup clients and emerging growth companies that Shulman Rogers attracts, she enjoys the challenges of helping them maximize their opportunities while mitigating risk. Working in the Business and Financial Services Department provides Beth the opportunity to draw from her many years of experience with large institutional clients to support a middle-market audience of investors. Clients appreciate her enthusiasm and willingness to “meet them where they are” in order to help them succeed.
With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Beth advises clients with respect to a variety of transactions, including fund formation, partnerships, joint ventures, financing and merger and acquisition activity. She counsels U.S. and non-U.S. private funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds, on all aspects of their businesses, including structure, contracts and compliance.
Beth frequently negotiates service provider contracts for her clients, including administration, prime brokerage, lending, derivatives and custodian agreements. She understands that she is often the voice for her client and will negotiate vigorously when necessary while recognizing the need for her client to maintain a comfortable working relationship with their counterparty. At the conclusion of a lengthy and complicated contract negotiation, one opposing counsel stated: “I wanted to thank you for the negotiation on the agreement. I can honestly say that it is rare for me to actually enjoy negotiation/speaking with counter-counsel.”
Beth also advises participants in the financial services industry, including investment advisers, private fund managers, alternative investment vehicles and brokerage firms with respect to their obligations under international and U.S. federal securities laws, state laws and rules, and self-regulatory organization rules, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Futures Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She routinely helps clients register with the SEC under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and register with the CFTC as commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors. Additionally, Beth creates, reviews and helps clients implement compliance infrastructures and programs associated with such registrations, and she counsels advisers with respect to routine and non-routine federal and state regulatory examinations.
Beth started her legal career at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City and spent 14 years at the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates before joining Shulman Rogers.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Maryland State Bar Association, Member
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member