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About RFG

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RFG helps clients proactively understand regulatory and legal issues (and solutions) that arise from engaging in investment activities. RFG represents clients that have approximately $150 billion in combined assets under management, including a consortium of the nation’s leading endowment investment offices. RFG advises clients through its weekly newsletter, white papers, webinar presentations, semi-annual programs, and its online knowledge management portal, RFG Pathfinder®.

Clients have great things to say about the services they receive: 

“The clearing house effect is particularly important. It’s a great way to learn what our peers are facing.”

“The RFG Conferences are rich with timely content, providing actionable insights and opportunities to hear from and network with the savviest of our investment peers in the Endowment & Foundation community.”

“You have made us better investors.” 

“The forum you provide is HUGELY beneficial….

“Your work on reporting requirements has been


“We have gotten a lot out of our partnership with RFG, and we think others can too.”

“The summaries you prepared on the Congressional inquiry…were circulated to our CFO and others in the organization…they were just what we needed.

“When we lost our CIO, your white paper on how to

handle a CIO transition was invaluable.

“As a new client, so far, you have exceeded expectations.

Meet the CEO

RFG was founded by Deborah Prutzman, Esq. Deborah has an exceptionally wide-ranging and deep background in the domestic and international financial services industry, and has hands-on experience in regulatory risk management and corporate governance. She has earned a reputation for helping financial institutions thrive despite difficult business circumstances.


Before founding RFG, she served as General Counsel to the Merrill Lynch Global Bank Group.  In this role she was responsible for both legal and compliance. Her team handled regulatory and product issues with a unique focus on "knowledge management" systems designed to assure both quality and consistency of results and business partner understanding of key issues.


Ms. Prutzman also served as General Counsel of CLS Services, the world's foreign exchange netting system, during its formative stages. In that position she developed the rules and contracts that satisfied the laws and regulations of 13 jurisdictions and allowed 63 of the world’s largest financial institutions to clear foreign exchange transactions on a real-time, continuously linked basis.  Her work product withstood the test of time during the recent financial crisis. 


Earlier in her career, Ms. Prutzman was General Counsel for the New York Clearing House Association, where she developed an expertise in payment system matters and was instrumental in the drafting of Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code, the law that governs electronic funds transfers in the United States.


Ms. Prutzman has been a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Arnold & Porter, where she specialized in lending transactions (including securitizations); acquisitions; electronic payments, clearing and settlement; and bank regulatory issues.


She earned her law degree from Columbia University where she was on law review.

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