Robert V. Cornish Jr. Of Counsel




2017 - Top Corporate Attorneys - Robert Cornish Jr. - Of Counsel - Wilson ElserBob Cornish focuses his practice on litigation, arbitration, regulatory and compliance matters for broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds, commodity firms, institutional investors, accountants and family offices in the United States and abroad. He places particular emphasis on alternative investment, broker-dealer and EB-5 fund formation, compliance and governance matters, including litigation, arbitration and enforcement. Bob previously served as chief legal and compliance officer and in-house counsel for prominent investment firms, where he acquired valuable experience handling complex business management and marketing matters for investment management clients. Over his exceptional 23-year career, Bob has come to be known for his integrity and professionalism and his dogged determination in seeing cases to a satisfactory conclusion.

Recognized as one of the Top 15 Corporate & Securities Attorneys in the EB-5 arena by his peers and a thought leader on broker-dealer and investment adviser compliance in the EB-5 space, Bob is often asked to speak or comment on such matters to industry participants and others. Bob is a member of the EB5 Securities Roundtable, a group of leading EB-5 securities attorneys organized to facilitate best practices in the offerings of EB-5 securities and to urge harmonization of the EB-5 program with the securities laws. 

Areas of Focus

Bob is a Chairperson-trained arbitrator for FINRA, NFA and the London Court of International Arbitration, and a Rule 31 Mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court. He represents clients on FINRA and NFA arbitrations and court proceedings, and securities and commodities registrants in connection with enforcement and disciplinary proceedings before FINRA, NFA, CFTC, SEC and state securities regulators. Previously an in-house counsel with prominent investment firms, Bob provides valuable insight and counseling for clients with complex business management and marketing matters in the investment arena.

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
Administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the EB-5 Program allows entrepreneurs and their spouses and unmarried children under 21 to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States and plan to create or preserve 10 permanent, full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. Bob is widely considered an authority on matters related to broker-dealers and investment advisers, and has ranked among the top 15 EB-5 Corporate & Securities Attorneys identified by EB5 Investors Magazine in 2016 and 2017. Bob has provided counsel on securities matters for various EB-5 regional centers and EB-5 investments across the country. He also has assisted on broker-dealer and investment adviser matters for industry participants in the United States and abroad, and in the preparation of offering memoranda and securities registration filings as they relate to the EB-5 visa program.

Financial Services
Working with a broad range of clients, from entities in Europe and Asia doing business in the United States to Alaskan Native Corporations (ANSCA) seeking investment management advice, has given Bob an exceptional knowledge of financial products and the entities that deal in them.

Native Nations
Bob’s diverse skills and experience in the investment management arena make him a natural choice for the firm’s Native Nations clients. Keenly aware of the issues that face those entrusted to handle important financial and legal affairs of Native Nations, Bob shares his insight and experience to elicit a meaningful consensus on specific financial, social and political objectives. His international work gives him an appreciation of the cultural differences and dynamics that often drive decision making in financial and legal matters. Working in tandem with services offered throughout the firm, Bob also is a nationally recognized securities attorney in the EB-5 Immigration Investment Visa Program and has petitioned before members of the U.S. Congress for increased opportunities for Native Nations in that program.

Representative Matters

Representation of industry participants and others in securities, litigation and enforcement matters related to the EB-5 Immigration Investment Visa Program.

Represents industry participants in FINRA and NFA arbitrations and court proceedings.

Represents family offices, hedge funds, mutual funds and investment advisers on state and federal securities-related compliance matters.

Represents securities and commodities registrants in connection with enforcement and disciplinary proceedings before FINRA, NFA, CFTC, SEC and state securities regulators.

Represents hedge fund and futures managers in formation of investment vehicles.