And The 2018 Awards Winners Are …

March 28, 2019

ETF Law Firm of the Year: Stradley Ronon

Awarded annually to the law firm that has done the most to push the ETF industry forward, including driving new and innovative products through the Securities and Exchange Commission, advocating for the industry and the rights of investors, and improving outcomes for investors.

While issuer CEOs may get the TV coverage, innovations in ETFs wouldn't be possible without the attorneys, who figure out new and inventive ways to package exposures. This year’s winner, Stradley Ronon, has plenty of practical expertise in doing just that. Led by the highly visible and universally respected Michael Mundt, Stradley Ronon’s work spans all the major issues facing the ETF market today, from helping active managers enter the space to working with the innovators behind several proposed nontransparent structures. Look at the industry’s biggest news stories, and you'll often find Stradley Ronon in the middle of them, such as client Invesco’s acquisition of Oppenheimer’s and Guggenheim’s ETF businesses.

 Finalists included:

  • Chapman and Cutler
  • Dechert
  • Ropes & Gray
  • Thompson Hine


ETF Ticker of the Year: ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ)

Awarded to the ETF with the best new ETF ticker. The ETF must have launched in 2018 to qualify.

PAWZ won hands-down for offering such a new take on the investing world, one that's laser-focused on our furry friends. PAWZ is the first fund centered on companies related to pet ownership, and it includes pet food makers, pet supply stories, veterinary service firms and more. With over 65% of Americans owning pets, and more than $60 billion spent in the space annually, PAWZ doesn't just have a good ticker, but also appears to have legs, with an idea that's crystal clear and noncontroversial.

Finalists included:


2018 People’s Choice Award: VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO)

The winner of the People’s Choices Award was selected at the 2019 Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Florida.

ESPO's win shocked nobody—who could resist an ETF devoted to playing video games? Especially ESPO, which offers exposure not just to video game makers and publishers, but to the growing world of competitive video gaming, known as "esports." Some 380 million people are projected to watch esports matches this year alone. ESPO offers diversified exposure to the next generation of digital entertainment, all for the relatively low price of 0.55%. Clearly, that's an investment thesis the Nintendo generation can get behind.

Finalists included:

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