Mark M. Strefling


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University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management (M.B.A. 1998)
Creighton University School of Law (J.D. 1996, magna cum laude)
University of St. Thomas (B.A. 1991, cum laude)





Academic Credentials

Lecturer, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Investment Management Ethics Seminar (2005–2008)


Mark Strefling is recognized as an industry-leading investment management lawyer and regulatory compliance expert.  With over two decades of experience in the alternative investment industry, Mark represents private fund managers in the formation of complex and hybrid private fund structures, capital markets and privately placed investment transactions, and regulatory compliance matters ranging from investment adviser registration and the development of comprehensive compliance policies to high-stakes regulatory examinations, investigations and enforcement actions. 

Most recently, Mark was a partner of and served as the General Counsel and Chief Executive Officer of a US$6 billion global alternative asset manager with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. With over a decade of in-house experience, Mark was responsible for the strategic leadership of global legal, compliance and operations teams, the alignment of legal and business strategy, and the design of dynamic and integrated compliance and operational control processes to mitigate enterprise risk.

Prior to serving in “in-house” roles, Mark was a Partner in the Investment Management Practice at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (formerly, Faegre & Benson LLP), leading the firm’s hedge fund practice group, pioneering innovative private fund structures, and representing managers in critical regulatory compliance matters.  In this role, Mark also represented institutional investors in connection with legal and operational due diligence initiatives and negotiating side letter agreements to protect and establish investor rights.

Mark began his career in the investment management industry at KPMG LLP, where he served as a Tax Specialist in its Asset Management practice. Here, Mark garnered expertise in federal tax law for private investment funds and advised on the implications of United States and international tax laws and regulation in the design of investment structures and complex securities, investment strategies and investment transactions; serving as a foundation for his later work in the alternative investment industry.

“Investment Adviser Regulatory Landscape: Current and Emerging Compliance Priorities,” co-presenter with Andrew E. Feldman, CLE presentation for ProLawCLE, August 4, 2021

“Future of International Business Deals: How to Position for Long-Term Growth – Regulatory Changes,” Bloomberg LP, 2017

2nd Annual Private Funds Forum, Bloomberg LP, 2016