Sarah Davidoff > Ropes & Gray LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ropes & Gray LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Work Department

Asset Management




With a career spanning more than two decades, Sarah Davidoff is a partner in the asset management group and a co-head of Ropes & Gray’s Client Program. The world’s largest and most prominent US and non-US alternative asset managers turn to Sarah for guidance on issues relating to the formation, fundraising and operation of their private equity funds, growth funds, hybrid funds, credit funds and hedge funds. In Chambers USA, Sarah’s clients have commended her as being “uniquely talented,” praising her ability “to take the legal theory and really put it into practice” and to be “a strategic advisor” that is “incredibly proactive” and able to “mobilize all the capabilities of Ropes & Gray.” As such, Sarah’s clients “very much view her as a critical partner,” recognize that Sarah “universally has the highest regard or her peers” and notice that, “of her competitors, she [is] their top referral.”

Sarah has particular expertise with spinouts, reorganizations, asset management M&A transactions, seed arrangements, high net worth access products, structuring internal compensation programs, designing bespoke and hybrid investment vehicles and launching innovative fund products. Sarah’s esteemed client roster and proven track record of making an impact on fund managers, and, more recently her cutting-edge work in advising on cryptocurrencies, demonstrates she is among the top women in the industry. Sarah regularly advises clients at the forefront of the constantly evolving regulatory and compliance landscape, is a frequent speaker at conferences, forums and other seminars in the private funds industry, and has contributed to a number of well-known legal publications.


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1996
  • AB, with High Distinction, University of Michigan, 1993

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds

(Leading lawyers)

Sarah Davidoff – Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP is extremely well placed to assist a growing base of sophisticated, multi-jurisdictional clients seeking to grow their product lines and strategies in both the US and the EU; the firm is able to utilise its global capabilities to advise hedge funds expanding into adjacencies, and institutional asset managers entering different areas in the funds space. Recently, the team’s position at the vanguard of the market has seen it advising on complex matters including cryptocurrency, insider trading, arrangements with insurance companies, and novel trading and operational issues. Derivatives and commodities work remains an area of particular strength, with seasoned practitioner Leigh Fraser taking the lead in this area. Fraser splits her time between the New York and Boston offices – of these two key locations, the former also fields recognized expert Laurel Fitzpatrick, fund formation and operation specialist Sarah Davidoff  and core senior practitioner Morri Weinberg, while Peter Laybourn is a recommended name at the latter. Over on the west coast, San Francisco-based Melissa Bender is the ‘stand-out partner‘.