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Steven Felsenstein


2700 Two Commerce Square
Philadelphia, 19103
United States
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Greenberg Traurig

Steven Felsenstein

Business Immigration and Compliance


Greenberg Traurig's Business Immigration & Compliance Group represents businesses,organizations and individuals from around the world. We have achieved internationalrecognition for outstanding legal advocacy, results-oriented service and responsivenessto our clients.
·         Immigration policy development
·         Legal advocacy and legislative representation
·         U.S. and outbound work visas
·         Corporate restructuring
·         Tax minimization
·         Enforcement and compliance, including government audits and investigations
Corporate Restructuring
Mergers, acquisitions and corporate spin-offs often have significant consequences for theforeign workforce. GT's Business Immigration & Compliance Group advises clients howto structure deals that enable successor companies to continue to seamlessly employforeign national worker. We also analyze business purchase agreements, conduct duediligence investigations of potential acquisitions to identify potential liability associatedwith the target company's prior immigration violations, and identify foreign nationalworkers who will need their work authorization amended to work for the new corporateowner. After careful investigation and analysis, we work with our clients to implementstrategies to help ensure a smooth transition.
    ·     Advise on structuring mergers, acquisitions and corporate spinoffs to enable
       successor companies to seamlessly continue employing foreign nationals

 ·         Analyze business purchase agreements and provide risk assessment and strategicguidance on compliance

·         Conduct due diligence investigations of potential acquisitions to identify possibleliability and counsel on implementing an avoidance plan
·         Identify foreign national workers who require their work authorization to beamended


Steven focuses his practice on serving clients involved in financial services industries. He advises investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, investment advisers registered under the Investment Advisers Act, and other administrators and service providers involved in the industry. Steven also represents broker-dealers and transfer agents registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and issuers of securities under the Securities Act of 1933. Steven represents clients in connection with administrative proceedings conducted by the SEC and FINRA, and participates in related actions. Steven’s prior practice includes experience as a staff member in the Division of Corporation Finance and as a Branch Chief in the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Areas of Concentration
  • Investment company representation
  • Investment advisory matters
  • Securities regulatory matters
  • Organization and operation of hedge funds
  • Limited and private offerings
  • Broker-dealer matters
  • General corporate matters
Professional & Community Involvement
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section on Corporations, Banking and Business Law; Subcommittee on Investment Companies
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association Securities Committee; Committee on Investment Companies
  • Trustee, Temple Emanuel of Cherry Hill
  • Chairman, Cherry Hill Township Cable Television Board, (1985-1987)
  • Member, Cherry Hill Township Zoning Board, (1987-1991)
Articles, Publications, & Lectures


  • Author, "A Fresh Eye to the Futures," The, December 3, 2002 (regulatory changes for hedge funds at the CFTC)
  • Co-author, "Clean Fight," The Deal. com, October 18, 2002 (Treasury proposal to require notice filings by hedge funds under anti-money laundering rules)


  • Seminar: The Legal Risks of Modern Technology
Associated News & Events

Published Articles

10.18.02 Clean Fight


07.22.10 The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
04.07.08 U.S. Treasury Department Proposes Sweeping Changes to Financial Services Regulatory Framework
10.01.07 Federal Study of U.S. Financial Regulatory Structure
08.01.05 Recent SEC Administrative Proceeding Against Hedge Fund Adviser Illustrates Classic Application of Integration Principles and Limitations on Private Offering Exemptions
10.01.04 SEC Adopts Rule to Require Registration of Hedge Fund Advisers
07.01.04 New SEC Rule Will Require Investment Advisers to Adopt a Code of Ethics
01.01.04 New NASD Rule 2790 Revises Restrictions on the Purchases and Sales of Initial Public Offerings