Jennifer Bergenfeld, J.D.
Jennifer Bergenfeld is an Adjunct Professor of business law and professional responsibility at the NYU Stern School of Business, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Since 2013, she has been senior counsel for the legal department of a global bank, covering investment advisory and wealth management departments as well as serving as Chief Legal Officer of the US mutual fund business and providing securities regulatory subject matter expertise to firmwide regulatory risk reviews. Prior to joining the bank, she spent several years providing legal and regulatory counsel consulting services to financial companies and boutique law firms, concentrating on contract negotiations and corporate legal and governance matters. Ms. Bergenfeld is also frequent speaker on securities regulation, ethics, contracts negotiations, corporate legal and regulatory compliance issues at conferences and executive training programs.
Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics
Ms. Bergenfeld previously served as General Counsel of EMG Investment Services, a startup financial services firm, advising on fund launches, private equity, fund formations, broker-dealer registration, corporate governance matters and regulatory compliance. Before that, she served as Counsel and Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Department of AllianceBernstein L.P. from 2002 to 2008 where she oversaw subadvisory mutual fund and institutional legal and regulatory matters. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein in 2002, Ms. Bergenfeld was the Regulatory Counsel and Assistant Vice President at Keefe Bruyette & Woods/KBW Asset Management. She also held positions at several bulge bracket investment firms.
Ms. Bergenfeld earned her BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and her MA in International Relations and MBA in Management and International Business (Beta Gamma Sigma honors) at NYU Stern where she also held a teaching fellowship in the Markets, Ethics & Law program. Her Master's thesis concentrated on transnational corporate governance. Ms. Bergenfeld received her law degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, with a concentration in securities and corporate law and held internships at corporate law firms and the New York Stock Exchange. Ms. Bergenfeld held a Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses and is admitted to the New York Bar. She was also a longtime member of the Financial Women's Association, having served on the Wall Street Exchange and Directorships & Corporate Governance Committees, as well as 100 Women in Hedge Funds and HighWater Women.