Ari Burstein is President of Capital Markets Strategies. In his role, Mr. Burstein represents financial services firms, including investment advisers, hedge funds, broker-dealers, securities exchanges and trade associations before regulators and policymakers, in the U.S. and globally.
Mr. Burstein also is the co-founder of the ETFs Global Markets Roundtable, a global conference series focusing on ETFs and their impact on trading, market structure and the capital markets in general. Speakers include leaders from across the financial services industry including issuers, exchanges, broker-dealers, institutional investors, investment advisers, regulators, and policymakers.
Prior to starting Capital Markets Strategies, Mr. Burstein was Head of US Regulatory Affairs for Kreab, a leading global consulting firm. In that role, Mr. Burstein was responsible for advising financial services clients on global regulatory and policy developments impacting their businesses. Representative clients included asset managers, broker-dealers and financial services trade associations.
Prior to joining Kreab, Mr. Burstein was Senior Counsel for capital markets issues for the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and ICI Global, the global trade associations for the regulated fund industry. In his role as Senior Counsel, Mr. Burstein was responsible for issues impacting mutual funds, ETFs, investment advisers, and other institutional investors, particularly trading, market structure and brokerage related issues. Mr. Burstein represented the fund industry before regulators and policymakers on a broad range of issues including issues relating to the globalization of the financial markets including, most significantly, the reform of regulations in Europe as well as in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Burstein joined the Investment Company Institute in 1998 and provided additional counsel to ICI Global since its inception in 2011.
Prior to joining the ICI, Mr. Burstein was an attorney in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management from 1997 to 1998 and the Division of Market Regulation from 1992 to 1997. In those roles, he drafted rules and analyzed issues under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as well as the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Mr. Burstein has served on a number of industry advisory committees, including his current position on the NASDAQ Stock Market’s Quality of Markets Committee, a Board level committee that provides advice to NASDAQ on ways to improve the market for investors. He also serves on the National Organization of Investment Professionals, a membership organization consisting of senior investment professionals who have a common objective of fostering a favorable regulatory environment for institutional participation in fair and open financial markets. Mr. Burstein has also served on the New York Stock Exchange Institutional Traders Advisory Committee, the BATS Institutional Advisory Council, and several other industry committees examining reform of the financial markets.
Mr. Burstein is a regular speaker in the United States and globally at industry conferences and workshops on regulatory and legislative issues impacting financial services firms.
Mr. Burstein graduated from The George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree from Queens College in New York and also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.