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Senior Fellow for the College of Regulatory Compliance. Author and moderator for various sessions, including "Recent Amendments to Form ADV", "Emerging Investor Issue - Compliance Program Transparency", and Investment Manager Model Compliance Manual®."

Frequent speaker on continuing legal education and securities topics, most recently:

"Asset Manager Code of Profession Conduct: 'Along the GIPS Continuum'", CFA® Institute Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 24, 2017, hosted by the CFA® Institute.

"2017 Investor Due Diligence Requirements: Compliance Transparency and Beyond," presented at the Compliance, Risk & Enforcement Symposium, New York, NY, November 2, 2016, hosted by the Regulatory Compliance Association, Inc.

"Conflicts of Interest: Addressing the Recent Spate of Enforcement Actions," presented at the Regulation, Operations and Compliance - Bermuda 2016™ Symposium, April 18, 2016, hosted by the Regulatory Compliance Association, Inc.

"Conflicts of Interest: Updating Procedures, Practices and Documents to Address New SEC and DOL Fiduciary Initiatives," Enforcement, Compliance and Operations - 2016, New York, NY, May 17, 2016, hosted by Regulatory Compliance Association, Inc.

"Meeting Expectations in Today's Regulatory Environment," 12th Annual Alternative Investment Industry Update, Baltimore MD, November 10, 2015, hosted by Arthur Bell CPA's

Articles

Is your investment account really there? His wasn't, as an old scam makes the rounds, KC Star , (Oct 18, 2017)

Investors also should exercise diligence even with properly registered brokers at legitimate firms, said Jane Stafford, an attorney in Prairie Village who handles securities cases and consults with firms about regulatory compliance issues.

A second opinion (about an investment offer) never hurts, even if it's from a broker down the street or a CPA, especially if it's something different or unusual," she said.

Beware the Registered Investment Adviser, Bloomberg Business (Oct 27, 2011)

Brokers who don't pay arbitration awards "get their registration suspended", says Jane L. Stafford, a securities lawyer in Kansas City, Mo. If advisers don't pay, they "may have to disclose that they have an unsatisfied judgment against them, but it's not an automatic shutdown."

Advisers may blow deadline on ADV-2 forms, Narrative format, disclosures seem to be stumbling blocks, InvestmentNews (Mar 27, 2011)

Third of advisers may blow ADV dead line - Maybe plain-English writin' ain't as easy as RIAs thought; better late than error, InvestmentNews (Mar 25, 2011)

One major change in the new form is an emphasis on discussing in detail an adviser's investment strategy, said Jane Stafford, founder of Stafford + Associates LLC.

SEC suit raises disclosure questions for breakaway reps - Commission claims RIA misled clients by failing to disclose he would make more as an independent, InvestmentNews (Oct 31, 2010)

He should have said, "I'm making more money under this new arrangement," said Jane Stafford, founder of Stafford Law Firm LLC. Ms. Stafford and others think the Sage case portends more actions against retail RIA firms concerning conflicts of interest in general.

Bond funds could be squeezed by new financial reforms - Move to increase transparency means that traders will have to put up more capital on margin, InvestmentNews (Jul 19, 2010)

If the new rules do diminish returns of fixed-income funds, "at least there will be transparency", said Jane Stafford, a principal at Stafford Law Firm LLC.

SEC's custody rules may complicate life for advisers - Extra cost of audits could force firms to cut trust services, InvestmentNews (Apr 25, 2010)

Advisers should expect auditor bills of between $10,000 and $20,000, said Jane Stafford, founder of the Stafford Law Firm LLC, which represents advisory firms. Her adviser clients "are not happy about it", Ms. Stafford said.

Ruling may tie SEC's hands on fining advisers who aid and abet fraud - Commission lacks that authority under the Advisers Act, judge concludes, InvestmentNews (May 19, 2008)

"[A cause of action for] aiders and abettors is not in the Advisers Act", said Jane Stafford, managing member of Stafford & Associates LLC in Kansas City.

How to Survive in Arbitration Nation, Registered Representative (January 2006)

There is something called a daisy chain, explains Jane Stafford. If a plaintiff's attorney finds out that a broker has been into that company or group [with a prior claim], he or she can follow that same daisy chain.

SEC is said to be struggling with its oversight of RIAs, InvestmentNews (Sep 26, 2005)

Some of the attendees at the session said they had negotiated for lower fund ticket charges or eliminated them. Jane Stafford of Stafford + Associates LLC.

Ruling may give forum to dissatisfied investors, Kansas City Business Journal (Aug 5, 2005)

"[The Consumer Protection Act] just seems to be an easier statute to get into", said Jane Stafford of Stafford + Associates LLC, a Kansas City securities lawyer.

Popularity of arbitration spurs increase in providers, Kansas City Business Journal (Jul 24, 2005)

"I've definitely noticed a dramatic increase in the number of arbitration cases", said Jane Stafford of Stafford & Associates, a boutique firm that specializes in securities industry cases.

Variable minefield: Complexity of investment option could invite trouble, Kansas City Business Journal (May 22, 2005)

Elderly people who are on limited incomes often are targeted for variable annuities, said Jane Stafford, a securities lawyer at the Kansas City law firm Stafford & Associates.

Burgeoning boutique: Burst bubble, reforms give law firm security, Kansas City Business Journal (Apr 17, 2005)

After more than 20 years in corporate law firms, Jane Stafford decided last year that Kansas City needed a boutique firm specializing in securities law.

Regulatory crosscurrents buffet Waddell & Reed, Kansas City Business Journal (Apr 10, 2005)

Annuities are ill-suited for many retirees and novice investors, said Jane Stafford, a securities lawyer for Stafford & Associates LLC.

Rule would tighten controls on variable annuities, Kansas City Business Journal (Apr 14, 2005)

Because they are long-term investments that charge steep surrender and early-withdrawal fees, variable annuities may be ill-suited for many retirees and novice investors, Jane Stafford, a securities lawyer.

Protect Your Nest Egg: Stay Informed, at www.prnewswire.com, 19 May 2005

"Financial advisors are not obligated to disclose their biases, so make sure you ask plenty of questions and conduct the necessary research before you invest," Stafford says.

Biographical Notice for Jane L. Stafford, Kansas City Star, (Apr. 4, 2005).

I believe strongly in the securities industry, and people are only going to get back into the industry only if they understand and know what is going on, Jane Stafford said. Also, it is really hard to see an elderly couple come in here with all their money gone and they planned to have a nice retirement. Now they are looking at living on Social Security.

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