Brendan Sihksnel
Adjunct Professor of Law

Introduction to Compliance
Admitted to the New York State Bar, Second Department. Professor Sihksnel began his professional career working for a large mutual insurance company. As part of this role, Professor Sihksnel passed his FINRA Series 7, 24, 52 and 53 licensing exams, and became an Investment Adviser Representative for the firm. In this role, Professor Sihksnel had supervisory responsibilities for over 500 licensed agents and registered representatives located in the Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk satellite offices, and was responsible for drafting policies to ensure compliance with FINRA, SEC, and New York State securities and insurance legislation. Professor Sihksnel later moved onto the corporate headquarters where he was on a team that was responsible for responding to regulatory requests or examinations from any Federal, State, or self-regulatory agencies. In 2016 Professor Sihksnel transitioned into the asset management industry, accepting a position with a New York based Investment Adviser. In this role, Professor Sihksnel was part of a team responsible for all legal and compliance matters facing the firm, its parent company located in the United Kingdom and an additional office in Hong Kong. The firm and its parent company advise several multi-billion-dollar private funds with investors worldwide. Thus, this requires a working knowledge of the laws for several jurisdictions. Professor Sihksnel began his teaching career in 2015 when he accepted an adjunct professor of law position with Touro Law, teaching an “Introduction to Compliance” Class. Professor Sihksnel developed the curriculum, and the class expanded to two credits for the Fall 2020 semester.

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