Mr Christopher Harvey > Dechert LLP > Boston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
BOSTON, MA 02110-2605
United States

Work Department

Financial Services and Investment Management




Christopher P. Harvey, global co-chair of Dechert’s financial services group and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee, has more than 35 years of securities and financial services legal experience. He represents open and closed-end investment companies, other U.S. and international pooled investment vehicles, and investment advisers in a variety of transactional and regulatory matters, including reorganization transactions, registration and proxy statements, and requests for SEC exemptive and no-action relief.

Mr. Harvey also has significant experience in matters relating to trade allocation policies, soft dollar practices, cross-trading, personal and proprietary firm trading issues, Form ADV disclosure, wrap program issues, proxy voting policies and issues, custody of client funds, closed-end fund activist matters, affiliated brokerage and underwriting, and advisory agreement negotiation points such as indemnification and most favored client provisions.

Mr. Harvey advises mutual funds and their boards on the legal issues relating to advisory and Rule 12b-1 fees and distribution arrangements. He also advises on fund governance, conflicts and general fiduciary duty issues, and director and officer liability insurance issues.

In addition, Mr. Harvey advises public and private operating companies on “inadvertent investment company” status concerns, including structuring joint ventures and “incubators.” His work includes cross border offerings of investment products and services and related international regulatory matters. He also has experience in other corporate and securities matters, including private offerings and investment adviser mergers and acquisitions.


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association


  • Boston College, B.A., 1983, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1986, magna cum laude, Topics Editor, Boston College Law Review

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds

(Leading lawyers)

Christopher Harvey – Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP‘s ‘long and broad tenure in the field offers insight‘ to funds, their advisers and other service providers, boards of directors and audit committees, independent directors, broker-dealers, insurance companies and banks; many of the industry’s leading names instruct the team. The offering has the advantage of being ‘deeply experienced and resourced on a global basis‘, and can leverage this to provide clients with innovative advice and in-depth market knowledge wherever they do business. Boston-based Christopher Harvey, who acts as the co-chair of the firm’s global financial services department, is lauded by clients for his ‘top notch technical knowledge and ability‘. The group’s significant national presence is cemented by the presence of recommended practitioners in the Washington DC, San Francisco and New York offices; the first of these locations fields Megan Johnson, who is known for advising mutual funds and ETFs on the full range of issues under the Investment Company Act of 1940, and Douglas Dick, who exemplifies the practice’s commitment to regulatory, transactional and litigious work in the registered funds space.