Partner / Attorney
A former federal enforcement attorney and veteran in regulatory compliance and white collar defense, Mr. Perry has expertise and consults with clients throughout the United States in areas of internal investigations, enforcement matters, regulatory issues, and corporate transactions, including advising on mergers and acquisitions in highly complex regulatory structures. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and has a deep understanding and first-hand experience with BSA/AML, antitrust, securities, financial institutions, commodities, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other emerging compliance and enforcement issues. He also serves on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panels for the United States District of Kansas and Western District of Missouri, representing individuals in federal criminal cases who are unable for financial reasons to retain counsel. Mr. Perry is a frequent speaker on emerging legal topics and featured as a regulator contributor and media source with a variety of financial and legal publications, including Reuters, Forbes, Institutional Investor, Motherboard, Compliance Week, Minyanville, Law360 and ValueWalk, and Nerd Wallet among others.
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Prior to forming Kennyhertz Perry, Mr. Perry was a senior vice president and chief compliance officer of a global financial services and FINRA member firm. He was responsible for all aspects of compliance and regulatory responsibilities for multiple registered investment advisors, mutual funds, alternative investments, and a broker-dealer. Mr. Perry focused on identifying and assessing the compliance risks of the firms, creating and implementing policies and procedures that address and allow compliance risks to be managed, and reviewing the policies and procedures to determine their continued adequacy and effectiveness.
Previously, Mr. Perry served as a senior trial attorney for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), managing a team of trial attorneys, investigators and support staff in the investigation and prosecution of market manipulation, market abuse and fraud in the futures and derivatives markets, advising staff in areas of investigations, leading investigations of high profile matters, and facilitating effective engagement and collaborative work with other U.S. regulatory and prosecutorial bodies, international regulators, and exchange staff. Mr. Perry served as a liaison to the Office of General Counsel in the revision of policies and procedures pursuant to regulatory reform, including Dodd-Frank, and named to an interagency task force on the collection and retention of sensitive data.
Mr. Perry began his career in the Blackwell Sanders Government Compliance, Investigations, and Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Commercial and Business Litigation, and Digital Discovery and Records Management practice groups. He represented clients in the prosecution and defense of complex business disputes in domestic and international jurisdictions, served as counsel to publicly and privately held companies undergoing both internal and external investigations, assisted clients in recognizing and avoiding the expanding risk of corporate criminal liability, and designing and implementing targeted corporate compliance programs. Mr. Perry was a founding member of the electronic discovery practice group and has an E-Discovery Best Practices Certification. He has first-chaired trials in Missouri Circuit Courts and Kansas Chapter 60 and 61 courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in various commercial, criminal, and collection matters.
An active member of the community, Mr. Perry is a City of Mission Hills Councilmember, and has previously served as Chair of the City of Mission Hills Board of Zoning Appeals and Crime Prevention and Safety Committee. Additionally, he is a Director of the Tomahawk Road Homes Association and has served as a board member of the Hands & Hearts for Children Children’s Mercy Hospital Auxiliary (2015 co-Chair), the Children’s Mercy Hospital Family Advisory Board (President-elect), Child Protective Center Golf Fore Kids, and the American Royal Grapes & Steaks Competition (2014 co-Chair).
Mr. Perry is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. 2002) and Kansas State University (B.S., journalism, 1999). During his time in law school, Mr. Perry was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. Mr. Perry is admitted to practice law in Kansas and Missouri and has held the Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses with FINRA. Mr. Perry also serves as a National Futures Association and FINRA arbitrator.