Sr. Vice President & General Counsel
J. Christopher Jackson is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Calamos Investments in Naperville, Illinois where he has responsibility for the Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit functions of Calamos and its affiliated companies. He has been involved in the financial services industry since 1986. From 1986 to 1996, he was associated with Van Kampen American Capital, Inc. (now known as Van Kampen Investments), in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois as Vice President and Associate General Counsel in charge of the investment advisory group. In 1996, Mr. Jackson joined Hansberger Global Investors, Inc. (“HGI”), a global asset management firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Moscow, Ontario, Canada and Hong Kong and served as HGI’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary from 1996 to 2006. Mr. Jackson was responsible for all investment advisory and general legal functions at HGI, as well as served on the Board of Trustees of the Hansberger Institutional Series open-end investment companies. Mr. Jackson joined Deutsche Asset Management in 2006 where he served as the Director and Head of U.S. Retail Legal for Deutsche Asset Management – Legal Division in New York, New York. Mr. Jackson’s primary responsibility at Deutsche Asset Management was overseeing the U.S. investment company business, which had approximately 130 open-end and closed-end investment companies. Mr. Jackson joined Calamos in 2010. Mr. Jackson is a member of the bars of the states of Illinois, Florida and New York and also a member of the American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association (former Chairman of the Corporate Law Departments Section Council). He is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals and served on the Board of Directors from 2002-2005 and was the Chairman of the Board for two years. Mr. Jackson was re-elected to the NSCP Board of Directors for a three year term (2006-2008). Mr. Jackson was named the 2006 Compliance Leader of the Year by the Compliance Reporter in its 4th Annual ARC Awards. Mr. Jackson is a frequent speaker on topics involving investment advisors and investment companies and has authored or co-authored numerous articles dealing with a wide range of investment advisory and investment company topics. Mr. Jackson received his B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University, his M.A. in Economics from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa.