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Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP

Work Department

Regulatory & Compliance, Investment Management, Hedge Funds, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Private Equity


Anna Maleva-Otto is a London-based partner in the Investment Management Regulatory & Compliance Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel. She concentrates her practice on a range of UK financial services regulatory matters, including the impact of EU directives and regulations. Anna advises on all aspects of the establishment and operation of FCA-regulated businesses in the United Kingdom, as well as trading on UK and EU markets. Anna frequently participates in industry working groups in connection with new and emerging regulatory initiatives, and has advised asset managers on several key pieces of recent EU legislation (including GDPR, Short Selling Regulation, AIFMD, MiFID II, MAR, EMIR, SFTR and Securitisation Regulation). Anna also frequently assists clients with the design of their compliance policies and procedures, internal investigations and staff training.

Anna is listed in The Legal 500 UK as a “Recommended” lawyer in Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory. An interviewee described her as “excellent — highly responsive, well informed and pragmatic in her advice, and a pleasure to work with.” She has also been named among the world’s “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” by The Hedge Fund Journal. Anna frequently speaks and writes on topics related to her areas of expertise. She recently co-authored the UK chapter in the Chambers Alternative Funds Guide 2019 — a guide examining key industry trends and regulatory and tax matters impacting funds, managers and investors. Anna has also worked with AIMA to produce MiFID2 – A Guide for Investment Managers and authored the “Insider Trading Law in the United Kingdom” chapter in the Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book (Practising Law Institute). Her recent speaking engagements have addressed topics such as market abuse, insider dealing, best practices for electronic communications, and MiFID II. Anna is admitted to practice in England and Wales, and New York. 


Alternative Investment Management Association


Emory University School of Law, JD; Saint Petersburg State University, MA

Lawyer Rankings

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

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP enjoys a significant presence within the alternative investment management industry and also caters to a number of proprietary traders, broker-dealers, placement agents and electronic trading platforms. Practice head Anna Maleva-Otto leverages experience in the establishment and operation of FCA-regulated businesses, EU and UK market trading and the impact of EU directives and regulations.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

(Leading individuals)

Anna Maleva-Otto  –Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP

Clients have a positive impression of the team at Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP, commending it for providing ‘a Four Seasons-level service to every client’ and the group’s ‘unparalleled experience with hedge fund start-ups and the large hedge funds in the UK’. Lawyers at the firm have experience across the hedge funds space, regularly handling fund formations and operations, in addition to being able to utilise regulatory, tax, finance and M&A experts across the firm. Josh Dambacher‘s practice spans the full range of non-contentious hedge fund matters, and he is increasingly called upon in cryptocurrency and digital asset structures. Dambacher jointly heads the team alongside Christopher Hilditch, who is able to provide strategic-level advice on structuring and fund operation. Lee Smith is another name to note for fund formation, while Anna Maleva-Otto, who ‘thinks out of the box’, has a strong reputation for her regulatory and compliance knowledge.