Josh Dambacher > Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP
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Work Department

Investment Management, Financial Institutions, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Blockchain Technology & Digital Assets


Josh Dambacher is a London-based partner in the Investment Management Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel. He focuses his practice on corporate, securities and regulatory matters. Josh primarily represents institutional and entrepreneurial investment managers, financial services firms and private investment funds in all aspects of their business. Josh’s experience includes structuring investment management firms, hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds and funds of funds; and structuring and negotiating seed and strategic investments. He also regularly advises investment management firms and their principals on UK and US regulatory compliance, acquisitions and reorganisations of investment management firms, and restructuring proprietary trading desks into independent investment management firms. Josh also co-heads the London office.

Josh previously led the US Financial Reforms Working Group for the Alternative Investment Management Association. He has been described by interviewees in Chambers UK as “pragmatic and commercial in his outlook” and “always reachable no matter what.” Josh is listed as a leading investment management lawyer by Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 UK and Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers, and was twice named to the Financial News 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list. Recently, Josh received an “Outstanding Contribution” award for his services to the hedge fund industry (The Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2018). He is also a frequent speaker and author on issues facing the investment management industry including, most recently, on the current regulatory landscape for hedge funds, the proposed EU Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers and the US Dodd-Frank Act.


Alternative Investment Management Association.


University of Michigan Law School, JD; Purdue University, MBA, Phi Beta Kappa; University of Missouri, BBA, with distinction.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

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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.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP has a varied practice covering funds across a range of asset classes, including private equity, credit and growth capital. The private funds team draws on the wider firm’s expertise in hedge funds to advise existing hedge fund clients on establishing closed-end funds. It also has a specialism in litigation finance funds. Josh Dambacher and Christopher Hilditch jointly lead the team and offer broad funds expertise, with Jim McNally another name to note. Dambacher is praised as ‘smart, articulate, knowledgeable and sensible’.