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CHRISTOPHER MENDEZ, VENTURE PARTNER

Chris has over 12 years of legal and compliance experience; currently serving as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a $3B New York City-based asset management firm. Chris’ area of focus in the investment management industry include open and closed end registered funds, private funds, and separately managed accounts, as well as advising on investment advisory and broker-dealer regulatory compliance matters. Chris was most recently in the Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP advising on corporate and securities law matters. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Chris was in the legal and compliance group of Invesco Ltd.'s alternative investments business, responsible for the private equity firm WL Ross & Co. LLC, Invesco Private Capital and Invesco Senior Secured Management. Chris began his career at Vanguard in 2006 following active duty service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Chris is a frequent speaker at industry events on legal and compliance matters and advises emerging asset management firms, entrepreneurs, and start-ups across various sectors and industries. Chris is actively involved in several charitable organizations, including serving on the board of directors of Volunteers of Legal Service, College and Community Fellowship, and the CFA Society New York’s Veterans Roundtable. Chris earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School and B.B.A. from Temple University.