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Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 1

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP remains highly active undertaking fund formation and management work for major fund managers (including institutional asset managers), as well handling spin-outs at all stages from inception to close. The team in London stands out for its expertise in US issues, and it also handles the full range of UK regulatory considerations, such as AIFMD and MiFID II. The co-heads of the practice are Josh Dambacher and Christopher Hilditch, who are both highly experienced in acting for entrepreneurial and institutional investment managers and other financial services clients across a variety of asset classes. Anna Maleva-Otto has a strong multijurisdictional regulatory practice, while recently-promoted partner Lee Smith is noted for his work on fund structuring. Special counsel Amy MacDonagh handles fund formation, structuring and general corporate and UK regulatory advice to managers.

Practice head(s):

Josh Dambacher; Christopher Hilditch


The team is absolutely and uniquely first in class – the SRZ team exclusively specialises in investment funds (hedge funds, credit funds and private equity funds) – tax, compliance and investment management lawyers all excel in that niche. They have specialised knowledge and experience.

Josh Dambacher is an absolute star, a gem, the go-to person for anyone wanting to launch a hedge fund or a credit fund.  He is as fluent in tax and compliance law as he is in UK and US law – this is absolutely unique in the market. Josh is known by the entire market and highly rated.

Anna Maleva-Otto is a straight thinker, and her positions on regulatory developments are often market leaders – she is not afraid of taking a slightly different approach than some other regulatory lawyers in the market. She is definitely an extraordinary asset to the team, and one of the few female specialists in this area.

Excellent team that is the appointed counsel for our hedge fund board. We also use Schulte for all of our SEC regulatory work. They are strong on all US fund issues whether it is SEC issues, Erisa, sanctions, etc.

We work with Josh Dambacher and Anna Maleva-Otto. Excellent, very responsive and pragmatic lawyers.

Key clients

Alfreton Capital LLP

Gatemore Capital Management LLP

GCW Global Customised Wealth LLP

Hadron Capital LLP/Hadron Capital (Cayman) Ltd

Helikon Investments Limited

Kuvari Partners LLP

Marcho Partners LLP

Marshall Wace LLP

Noster Capital Management

Qube Research & Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Hadron Capital LLP/Hadron Capital (Cayman) Ltd on the launch of a new successor healthcare fund.
  • Advised Marshall Wace LLP on the merger of its Irish-domiciled UCITS funds into a new Marshall Wace-dedicated Lumyna Luxembourg SICAV.
  • Advised Qube Research & Technologies on restructuring an Irish umbrella master-feeder structure to a Cayman segregated portfolio company.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP advises fund sponsors within the alternative asset management and private equity sectors, advising on fund establishment and launch, secondaries, and regulatory compliance matters. The firm also has a strong investor-side practice, and regularly advises US -domiciled clients. The practice is led by Josh Dambacher and Christopher Hilditch, with Jim McNally a key figure, handling fundraising, corporate, and transactional considerations for sponsor clients. Managed accounts and restructuring specialist Lee Smith has been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Josh Dambacher; Christopher Hilditch

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bybrook Capital LLP

Kingsway Capital Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Bybrook Capital on the sale of its business and assets of the investment manager to Cairn Capital.
  • Advised Kingsway Capital on structuring, documenting and offering a closed-ended Cayman Islands corporate private equity vehicle as well as numerous co-investment vehicles.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP's London investment management regulatory and compliance group works closely with colleagues in Washington DC and New York, co-ordinating cross-border regulatory mandates for a range of US buy-side clients. Practitioners have knowledge in financial crime prevention, time-critical trading compliance and disclosure issues, fund structuring and financial promotion. Non-financial issues such as data compliance are also areas of specialism. Anna Maleva-Otto leads the practice, and has developed a specialism in the impact of EU directives and regulations on UK financial services. Co-head of the London office Josh Dambacher handles regulatory issues arising from fund structures.

Practice head(s):

Anna Maleva-Otto

Other key lawyers:

Josh Dambacher; Christopher Hilditch; Jim McNally; Polly O’Brien


‘Responsive, focused, commercial, always thoughtful and helpful.’

‘Josh Dambacher is incredibly helpful on finding solutions to complex structuring issues. Anna Maleva-Otto is always pragmatic on regulatory points. And often they combine for an even more comprehensive solution.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a global private wealth management group in connection with the establishment of a UK office and offers of fund products and services to family offices in Europe.
  • Advised a hedge fund manager group in connection with a restructuring of its operations to proprietary trading activities.
  • Advised a hedge fund manager in connection with an FCA investigation into market manipulation.

Finance > Securitisation

Since its founding in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel has been at the forefront of the alternative investment fund formation space and is widely acknowledged as the industry leader. The London office, operating for nearly 20 years, is one of London’s premier law firms advising alternative investment funds, their managers and investors.

The London office provides both UK and US law advice to a wide variety of funds and managers located in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the United States and other global locations. The lawyers have significant experience in structuring and negotiating seed and strategic investments, in UCITS formations, as well as structured finance transactions related to alternative investment funds. The London office has seen its regulatory practice thrive and is one of only a few firms with lawyers specifically focusing on regulatory and compliance matters within its private investment funds practice. In addition to handling major European fund formations and assisting with their ongoing operations, the office advises London managers on setting up US funds and advises on regulatory and tax issues associated with establishing a London presence.

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Josh Dambacher photo Josh DambacherJosh Dambacher is a London-based partner in the Investment Management Group at…
Nick Fagge photo Nick FaggeNick Fagge is a London-based partner in the Tax Group at Schulte…
Christopher Hilditch photo Christopher HilditchChristopher Hilditch is a partner in the Investment Management Group at Schulte…
Anna Maleva-Otto photo Anna Maleva-OttoAnna Maleva-Otto is a London-based partner in the Investment Management Regulatory &…
Jim McNally photo Jim McNallyJim McNally is a corporate and funds partner in Schulte Roth &…
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 14