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Nathan Greene

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Investment Funds




Nathan Greene has extensive experience advising on the regulatory aspects of fund and investment advisory operations, and also counsels funds and financial institutions on regulatory considerations around emerging technologies like blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence. His practice includes the formation and representation of U.S. and foreign investment companies, sponsors, advisers and directors, including SEC registration, exemptions, inspections and investigations; fund formation, distribution and marketing; fund board and governance matters; compliance manuals and testing; and high profile corporate transactions involving asset management businesses. He is particularly well-known for his representation of prominent industry participants in the registered alternatives market and has notable experience representing major players in M&A deals that have a registered fund component.

Nathan represents fund management organizations and fund families (including Skybridge Capital, First Eagle Funds, Ironwood and Perella Weinberg) as well as independent fund boards (including the independent boards of Blackstone’s registered fund complex and the independent trustees of the Victory Funds).

Nathan has lectured on funds regulation at prominent New York-area law schools. He is regularly quoted in prominent publications and news services, including BoardIQ, Bloomberg, Fund Board Views, Hedge Fund Law Report, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. Nathan is in demand as a speaker, including on issues relating to big data, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.


  • Mutual Fund Directors Forum – Advisory Board
  • Managed Funds Association – Lawyers Advisory Committee
  • Fund Board Views – Editorial Think Tank Member
  • Alternative Investment Management Association – Hedge Fund Sound Practices Committee
  • American Bar Association – Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Maryland at College Park, B.A.

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds

Within: Alternative/hedge funds

Shearman & Sterling LLPprovides an excellent level of service - all the lawyers are knowledgeable, responsive and practical in their advice’. Sean Finley has ‘an advantage over other outside counsel as he has both law firm and in-house experience’; he advised TRG Management on launching a hedge fund investing in Argentinian assets. Of counsel Paul Schreiber advises Shenkman Capital Management on regulatory matters. Nathan Greene has manager M&A expertise. The firm has hired Buddy Donohue as of counsel, whose ‘strength is his depth of experience and the perspective he provides as a former general counsel of major fund companies, and as director of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC’, as well as Jay Baris, formerly head of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s investment management team. The New York-based team also acts for Juniper Investment Company and Maverick Capital Management.

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Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds

Within: Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds

Shearman & Sterling LLP provides an ‘exceptional overall level of service - the team is of the highest quality; its knowledge, preparation and guidance is second to none’. The team advises managers and independent boards, and liquid alternative funds are a strong suit in particular. ‘Trusted adviser and pleasure-to-work-withNathan Greene continues to act for the independent trustees of Blackstone Alternative Funds, which manages $4.3bn, some of which is in a fund sub-advised by hedge fund managers. Of counsel Paul Schreiber advised Miller/Howard Funds on a $50m shelf offering for Miller/Howard High Equity Income Fund, circumventing the SEC’s bar on closed-ended registered investment companies from selling fresh shares at a discount to the net asset value. The firm has handled a number of strategic-level matters concerning managers, with Greene advising SkyBridge Capital and its funds on the funds and regulatory change-of-control aspects of the company’s sale to HNA Capital in the wake of founder Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment to a role in the Trump administration. Other clients include SEC-registered fund-of-hedge funds Ironwood Capital Management and Perella Weinberg Partners. The team, which is based in New York, was bolstered in January 2018 through the addition of Jay Baris from Morrison & Foerster LLP - he is ‘leading the industry on the most challenging and innovative issues, including cryptocurrency’.

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