Mr. Spencer has more than 20 years of legal experience relating to asset management services, investment funds, and mergers and acquisitions. He began counsel to Verus in 2012 and became Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in 2014.
Prior to Verus, Mr. Spencer served as a legal and tax advisor to institutional clients regarding investment funds, asset acquisitions and mergers from his offices in London and Seattle. He previously held the position of chief legal officer for Ophrys, LLC. During his tenure with Ophrys LLC, he provided legal and tax advice regarding investment funds, asset backed financing pools, financial asset purchase agreements, hedge fund agreements, equity subscriptions, and debt financing.
Prior to joining Ophrys, LLC. he served as in-house legal counsel for Klesch & Company, Ltd, a private investment firm based in Geneva, London and Moscow. His responsibilities included legal and tax analysis regarding acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and disposals, UK collective investment programs, and contractual agreements for the purchase and sale of corporate and sovereign debt.
Mr. Spencer is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School, holds an LLM (tax law) from the University of Florida (Levin) College of Law in Gainesville, Florida, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and has a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in economics from the University of Washington. He is a member of both the Washington State Bar and Oregon State Bar associations.