Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
919 THIRD AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 1

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP‘s pre-eminent practice continues to serve leading alternative investment managers worldwide from the firm’s New York office. The deep bench fields seasoned specialists, well versed in the gamut of strategies, funds and asset classes, including credit and direct lending, traditional hedge, activist, digital, and real estate; cryptocurrency has recently become a particular area of strength for the team, which is increasingly involved with cutting-edge matters at the intersection of investment funds and blockchain. The offering is also noted for its seamless co-operation with relevant sub-groups, including those concerned with regulatory and tax issues, litigation, and M&A. Stephanie Breslow, David Efron, Peter Greene, and David Nissenbaum comprise the core leadership of the department. Jennifer Dunn, whose workload spans structuring, formation and ongoing operational needs, as well as general securities and compliance matters, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Breslow; David Efron; Peter Greene; David Nissenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Dunn; Daniel Hunter; Peter Naismith

Key clients

Brookfield Hedge Fund Strategies

Brinley Partners LP

Engine No. 1

Olympus Peak Asset Management

Pantera Capital Management

The Raine Group

Saba Capital Management

Trian Fund Management

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 1

According to a client, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP‘s team in New York is ‘the best legal team for shareholder activism in terms of providing corporate advice, along with the tax, fund formation, litigation and regulatory counsel that an investor would require.’ The firm advises on campaign strategies, corporate governance proxy rules, antitrust, securities, spin-offs and co-investments. In 2021, it was notably active representing large hedge funds in contentious proxy fights. Names to note include Michael Swartz, who is ‘one of the best litigators in the activist area.’ Leading the department are Marc Weingarten and ‘practical and pragmatic‘ attorney Eleazer Klein.

Practice head(s):

Eleazer Klein; Marc Weingarten

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ele Klein is practical and pragmatic as a lawyer. He is also exceptionally smart and personable. Michael Swartz is one of the best litigators in the activist area.’

‘I believe that Schulte has the best legal team for shareholder activism in terms of providing corporate advice, along with the tax, fund formation, litigation and regulatory counsel that an investor would require.’

Key clients

Jana Partners

Cerberus Capital Management

Elliott Management

Eminence Capital

Engine No. 1

HG Vora

JANA Partners

Saba Capital Management

TCI Fund Management Ltd

Trian

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP‘s team in New York is singled out by clients as ‘unusually dedicated to results both in terms of speed and meticulousness‘, with a particular strength in CLO transactions. The group has an enviable investment fund and alternative lender client base, and it is regularly called on to advise them in relation to distressed debt, structured finance and corporate debt investments. Esoteric securitizations are another area of expertise, including senior loans, revolving credit, warehouse facilities and commercial paper conduits. Craig Stein  assists issuers, underwriters, collateral managers and portfolio purchasers on a variety of CLOs and co-leads the department with Boris Ziser , whose esoteric securitization practice has gone from strength to strength. ‘Tireless and above all conscientious’, Phillip Azzollini  focuses on private CLO offerings and warehouse financing deals. Daniel Oshinsky  is known for liquidity facilities and structured credits.

Practice head(s):

Craig Stein; Boris Ziser

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Azzollini; Daniel Oshinsky; Stephen Schauder; Thomas Weinberger

Testimonials

‘The team with whom we work are unusually dedicated to results both in terms of speed and meticulousness.’

‘Phil Azzollini is tireless and above all conscientious. He always looks out for our best interest when other lawyers might not see a reason for concern.’

Key clients

Birch Grove Capital

Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC

Cerberus Capital Management

Fortress Investment Group

GoldenTree Loan Management

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

Natixis Securities Americas LLC

Romark Credit Advisors LP

Work highlights

  • Advised GoldenTree Loan Management II, LP, the portfolio manager, on the creation of GoldenTree Loan Management US CLO 10, Ltd., which is an arbitrage cash flow CLO, and advised on the preparation of transaction documents, offering document and closing documents.
  • Advised Birch Grove Capital, LP, the portfolio manager, on the creation of Birch Grove CLO 2 Ltd., which is an arbitrage cash flow CLO, and advised on the preparation of transaction documents, offering document and closing documents.
  • Advised Romark Credit Advisors LP, the collateral manager, on the creation of Romark Credit Funding II, Ltd., which is an arbitrage cash flow CBO, and advised on the preparation of transaction documents, offering document and closing documents.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, a key player in the New York market, handles a variety of public and private M&A, spin-offs and joint ventures, predominantly focusing on the middle- and upper-middle markets. Other key distinguishers of the practice include its dedicated shareholder activism department, its prowess in private equity-driven transactions and investment management M&A, as well as its track record in real estate, bankruptcy and restructuring-related deals. Eleazer Klein fronts the department which has handled a number of multi-billion dollar transactions in the financial services sector of late and is also active in the automotive, energy, health, telecoms and utilities fields.

Practice head(s):

Eleazer Klein

Other key lawyers:

Ian Levin; Brian Miner; Lawrence Natke

Key clients

26 Capital Acquisition Corp.

272 Capital LP

American Water Works Company Inc.

Birch Grove Capital

Cambium Learning Group

Cerberus Capital Management LP

DynCorp International

HG Vora

Mason Partners

Tenor Capital

Veritas Capital

Woodline Partners

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar defense and government investigations group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP encompasses several former DOJ and SEC lawyers, and is well versed in defending companies in litigation and investigations. New York’s Douglas Koff acts for financial institutions and broker-dealers, and also executives on high-profile civil and criminal proceedings. Key practitioners in Washington DC include Peter White and Charles Clark, with White experienced in internal investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings and FCA matters, and Clark a name to note for securities matters. Adam Hoffinger left the firm in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Koff; Peter White; Charles Clark

Other key lawyers:

Craig Warkol

Testimonials

‘Douglas Koff offers remarkable insight, work ethic and tenacity.’

Key clients

BTIG LLC

Eric Dalius, Saivian and certain affiliated corporate entities

Steve Linick (former inspector general at the U.S. State Department)

Murchinson Ltd., Marc Bistricer and Paul Zogala

Ken Ravenell (Baltimore lawyer)

Gerard Denault (New York “CityTime” Case)

Maltese Capital Management

Ronald Ferguson

Isai Scheinberg (PokerStars)

Various Individuals and Financial Institutions (Insider Trading Cases)

Empery Asset Management

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

At Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, the group is well versed in handling all aspects of private equity fund formation and operation, advising on issues far past a fund’s creation, as well as those surrounding the initial structuring. The offering’s stellar reputation for regulatory and compliance matters ensures that a notable roster of global investment advisers is represented by the firm in this space; Joseph Smith is a key name to note for such work. Other areas of strength include assisting innovative funds – particularly those involved with blockchain technology and digital assets – advising clients on hybrid funds with a private equity style, and transactions relating to funds. Stephanie Breslow, David Efron, Peter Greene, and David Nissenbaum jointly lead the team. Phyllis Schwartz is also recommended for her extensive experience working with institutional investors. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Breslow; David Efron; Peter Greene; David Nissenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bayview Asset Management

Black Diamond Capital Management

CarVal Investors

Cerberus Capital Management

Hemisferio Sul Investimentos S.A.

LCN Capital Partners

MGG Investment Group

Olympus Peak Asset Management

Upper90 Capital Management

Westport Capital Partners

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP has a broad practice for financial litigation, which encompasses securities fraud, government enforcement matters and deal-related cases. The firm has particular expertise in acting for investment funds and their managers, and it frequently handles high-profile shareholder activism and proxy cases for lead hedge funds and private equity houses. Recently, its work has included SPAC-related matters, with Washington DC-based Charles Clark taking a lead role. Michael Swartz and Gayle Klein in New York and Peter White in DC lead the practice. Swartz is currently acting for Albertsons Companies in a $125m case concerning the earnout provision of a merger agreement in which the agent for stockholders of DineInFresh allege that the company fraudulently induced the merger  and sought to reduce payments to stockholders.

Practice head(s):

Michael Swartz; Gayle Klein; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

Charles Clark

Key clients

Albertsons Companies Inc.

Eric Bischoff

Eminence Capital, LP

Maltese Capital Management

DSAM + Master Fund

Immunomedics, Inc.

DSAM + Master Fund (“DSAM”)

Maltese Capital Management

Engine No. 1 LLC

Pantera Capital Management

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP frequently handles large securities class actions, and related derivative litigations and ERISA cases, as well as matters under the Investment Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act. It is a key adviser to hedge funds and private equity houses, and it is highly regarded for its work on ‘short-swing’ securities cases under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act, as well as blockchain and cryptocurrency disputes. Michael Swartz and Gayle Klein in New York, along with Peter White in Washington DC, lead the litigation group, which has a strong track record of success at every stage of securities litigation. White and fellow DC-based attorney Charles Clark represented overseas hedge fund Murchinson Ltd in a long-running SEC investigation concerning trading in the convertible securities of three Greek shipping companies.

Practice head(s):

Michael Swartz; Gayle Klein; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

Charles Clark

Key clients

Murchinson Ltd.

Albertsons Companies Inc.

Engine No. 1 LLC

Eric Bischoff

Immunomedics, Inc.

Nover Ventures LLC

Saba Capital Management

Starboard Value

The Children’s Investment Master Fund

Pantera Capital Management

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is well-known for its work for payment processors, with Donald Mosher advising both traditional companies in the space and fintech-related entrants to the market on regulatory matters. The team’s ability to handle complex regulatory issues in this area was demonstrated by its work for Ant Group in helping the company to obtain money transmitter licenses in several states. The practice regularly advises on acquisitions and disposals involving payment processors. Beyond the payments space, the team is also frequently engaged by broker-dealers to provide advice on compliance; Julian Rainero and Craig Warkol are the key partners in this area. All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Donald Mosher; Julian Rainero; Craig Warkol

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Romano; Kara Kuchar; Adam Barazani

Testimonials

‘Very familiar with key people in many states in a relevant regulatory regime. Lots of practical, real-world experience to help make decisions that impact company risk and approach.’

‘Don Mosher and Jessica Romano are outstanding – true experts, tons of relevant experience, very responsive.’

‘Always available even for quick questions and this kind of support is very valuable to Fintech businesses – it goes without saying that the team are experts in the field of payments, have strong relations with Fincen/law enforcement etc. Great team.’

‘They have subject matter experts & a very good understanding of the various US state regulators. The team also has many staff that come from government positions which add value and helps to put forward strategies that work in the real enviroment.’

‘Expertise in payments regulations, and especially good communication skills.’

‘Kara Kuchar and Adam Barazani are extraordinarily responsive and knowledgeable. It\’s very easy to pick up the phone to get quick and clear advice from them.’

Key clients

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Interactive Brokers LLC

Ant Group

WorldRemit Corp. (Zepz)

Aventiv Technologies, LLC

Fiserv, Inc.

Visa

Western Union

Priority Technology Holdings

GCP Capital Partners

Wex Payments Inc.

Remitly, Inc.

Circle Internet Financial, LLC

Wave Financial, Inc.

CSG Forte Payment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising ICBC, the largest bank in China, and the world’s largest bank by total assets, on multiple matters, including on a range of U.S. broker-dealer compliance work.
  • Advising Interactive Brokers on a range of compliance and enforcement matters.
  • Advised multiple, large retail and institutional broker-dealers in connection with the implementation of the SEC’s new CAT reporting program.

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 4

At Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, the two core pillars of the practice are deep 1940 Act experience – including advising clients on complex regulatory matters with respect to co-investment and joint transaction issues, asset coverage requirements and leverage restrictions, and consolidation and financial reporting matters – and broad public markets experience. The group also has a proven track record assisting with novel fund vehicles, including BDC-sponsored joint venture investment vehicles, and hybrid products such as registered hedge funds. Washington DC-based practitioner John Mahon oversees the work, supported both by a network of over 85 lawyers within the firm’s broader investment management group, and by a cross-practice system which integrates regulated fund advice with support from related areas, including portfolio transactions, tax, structured finance, swaps and derivatives, credit, and M&A.

Practice head(s):

John Mahon

Key clients

Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund

Hussman Funds

Investors Diversified Realty

PFM Funds

Saba Capital Income & Opportunities Fund (formerly Voya Prime Rate Trust)

YieldStreet

Work highlights

    Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 4

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP represents a wide range of clients, including single and multi-employer pension and benefit plans, plan sponsors, employers, fiduciaries, trustees, third-party administrators, and insurers and investment advisers on ERISA matters in both individual and class action lawsuits and withdrawal liability arbitration and litigation under ERISA. The practice is led by New York-based partner Ronald Richman, who concentrates on the litigation of employee benefits and restrictive covenant cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States involving trade secrets, non-competition, and breach of confidentiality and breach of loyalty issues. Richman also defends employee benefit plans, fiduciaries and employers in class actions and in cases brought by individual plaintiffs.

    Practice head(s):

    Ronald Richman

    Key clients

    Albertsons Companies

    National Retirement Fund

    Consolidated Retirement Fund

    Cerberus Capital Management LP

    UFCW Giant-Safeway Excess Benefit Pension Plan

    IUE-CWA AFL-CIO Pension Fund

    ILGWU Death Benefit Plan

    UFCW International Union-Albertsons Variable Annuity Pension Plan

    UFCW and Safeway Variable Annuity Pension Plan

    Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

    Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP fields a highly experienced fund-focused tax team, working with a deep roster of private equity firms, hedge funds, and other asset managers. Securitizations, structured finance transactions, and real estate driven deals are also core workflows for the group. Joint practice heads Alan Waldenberg and Shlomo Twerski are highly experienced in the full gamut of federal and international tax matters, specializing in investment fund transactions and hedge fund and management company structures, respectively. Philippe Benedict ‘s recent engagements include billion-dollar mergers and capital fund raisings, while David Wermuth is noted for his knowledge of onshore and offshore investment funds, and private equity partnerships. All named lawyers are based in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Alan Waldenberg; Shlomo Twerski

    Other key lawyers:

    Philippe Benedict; David Wermuth

    Testimonials

    ‘The team possesses a wealth of knowledge about the international tax aspects of the investments made by hedge and other alternative investment funds out of the US.’

    ‘Alan Waldenberg makes a clear difference when it comes to analyse the international tax issues affecting US funds when investing abroad.’

     

    Key clients

    Birch Grove Capital

    CarVal Investors

    Cerberus Capital Management

    Iconiq Capital

    JANA Partners

    LCN Capital Partners

    MGG

    Pantera Capital Management

    Piney Lake

    Westport Capital Partners

    Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

    The team at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP handles investment funds litigation, shareholder activism/proxy fights, crypto litigation, post-M&A disputes, litigation finance and disputes in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space. The client portfolio includes a range of corporations, banks, funds, investors and directors. Michael Swartz in New York specialises in shareholder activist litigation, private investment fund disputes, corporate control disputes and securities litigation. Gayle Klein, also in NY, is considered to be an ‘exemplary lawyer.’ They lead the practice together with Peter White in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Swartz; Gayle Klein; Peter White

    Other key lawyers:

    William Gussman; Taleah Jennings

    Testimonials

    ‘I have worked with Gayle Klein on many matters and she is exemplary. She is creative, responsive and of the highest ethics. I would refer a matter to her without hesitation.’

    ‘Gayle Klein is an exemplary lawyer in all respects.’

    Key clients

    330 East 39th Street LLC and Whitehall Properties II LLC

    The Children’s Investment Master Fund

    CrowdOut Capital LLC

    Elgin Ave. Recovery LLC (successor in interest to Sears Holdings Corporation)

    Engine No. 1 GP LLC

    Empery Asset Management

    Eric Bischoff

    Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

    Pantera Capital Management

    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services

    SpeedCast International Ltd.

    Senvest Management

    Tulsa Race Massacre Victims

    Real estate Tier 5

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is a prominent name in the New York market for sales and purchases of commercial property. Its leasing practice works with major New York landlords as well as numerous office and retail tenants on lease negotiations, particularly in the investment management, financial services and law firm space. Net lease deals, and sale and leasebacks are its niche specialty areas. Practice head Julian Wise and Seth Henslovitz are the main partners.

    Practice head(s):

    Julian Wise

    Other key lawyers:

    Seth Henslovitz

    Testimonials

    ‘Julian Wise and Seth Henslovitz have been consistently proactive in understanding the needs in almost all circumstances to provide the most appropriate action-driven advice.

    ‘The unparalleled track record of relevant transactions has been clearly off the charts, which has been another distinct comforting component why my group has chosen to work with this team over many transactions.’

    ‘Both Julian and Seth have been persistently showing a different quality of advice, which stems from their deep-rooted market expertise backed by a truly solid client network.’

    Key clients

    Blackstone Mortgage Trust

    H.I.G.Realty Partners

    MackRealEstateGroup

    Monday Properties Group

    Work highlights

    • Represented Blackstone Mortgage Trust in Tishman Speyer’s acquisition of two office buildings in Austin, Texas (Foundry I and Foundry II). The buildings have 240,000 sq ft of office space, as well as 17 residential units, and are in rapidly-developing East Austin.
    • Represented Monday Properties Group in the acquisition and financing of Harbor Landing, a multifamily asset located in Stamford, Connecticut.
    • Represented Blackstone Mortgage Trust in an acquisition financing by a Tower 16 Capital Partners-led joint venture of a two-property 214-unit multifamily portfolio in Colton, California.

    Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

    Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

    Firm Management: David Efron (Co-Managing Partner), Marc Elovitz (Co-Managing Partner), Stephanie Breslow, Josh Dambacher, Susan Frunzi, Eleazer Klein, Michael Swartz, Julian Wise, Boris Ziser, Richard Piotrowicz (CFO), Brian Schare (COO)

    Number of partners: 79

    Number of other lawyers: 358

    Firm Overview:

    As one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP serves clients from strategically located offices in New York, Washington, DC and London. SRZ regularly advises on corporate and transactional matters, as well as provides counsel on regulatory, compliance, enforcement and investigative issues. The firm takes a cross-disciplinary approach to client service by employing the expertise of multiple practice groups, and SRZ lawyers are recognized for their ability to develop cutting edge solutions for their clients’ most complex legal and business challenges.

    Main Areas of Practice:

    Bank Regulatory:

    SRZ advises a large and diverse group of financial institutions on chartering issues, legal and regulatory compliance, structuring of new businesses and products, payments practices and technologies, and US and international transactions, including financings, acquisitions and investments.

    Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement:

    SRZ provides regulatory and compliance advice to broker- dealers and other financial services firms and handles SEC and SRO examination and enforcement matters. SRZ also assists banks and hedge funds in their dealings with broker-dealers, and acts as regulatory counsel in connection with acquisitions involving broker-dealers.

    Business Reorganisation:

    SRZ provides critical counsel to domestic, foreign and international secured creditors, unsecured creditors, debtor- in-possession lenders, acquirers, equity holders, plan sponsors and others in Chapter 11 reorganisations and out-of-court workouts.

    Employment & Employee Benefits:

    SRZ represents clients with respect to the entire employment relationship. With an emphasis on preventing employment disputes, SRZ advises employers on all aspects of labour relations and collective bargaining, benefits law and ERISA, and any necessary representation in litigation or arbitration.

    Environmental:

    SRZ counsels major institutions and Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of national and international environmental issues. It also advises on preventive methods, and has both the technical knowledge and legal experience necessary to provide the best advocacy.

    Finance & Derivatives:

    SRZ is a leader in complex financings, structured finance and derivatives. In addition to structuring, drafting and negotiating financing transactions, SRZ assists with regulatory filings and compliance issues. SRZ covers the entire debt stack, including advising on middle-market and large-cap leveraged transactions, representing both traditional and alternative lenders. SRZ advises in debt financing transactions, including lender representations on behalf of banks, commercial finance companies, private investment funds and BDCs, as well as borrower representations on behalf of private equity clients and their portfolio companies or other corporates. SRZ’s clients include investors, lenders, hedge funds, private equity funds and finance companies in all areas of securitization and asset-backed lending, including securitization, senior secured and subordinated loans, revolving credit, warehouse facilities and commercial paper conduits. SRZ has a a particular focus on the securitization and financing of “off-the-run” and esoteric assets.

    Individual Client Services:

    Representing many of the nation’s wealthiest individuals, SRZ advises on tax planning, succession planning, charitable giving, will contests and family law matters, including mediation of large divorce matters.

    Intellectual Property, Sourcing & Technology:

    SRZ has expertise in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition and trade secrets, portfolio monetisation and information technology licensing, development and outsourcing.

    Investment Management:

    SRZ is the most sought-after law firm for the world’s leading private investment funds and managers. With a great depth of practice, SRZ provides across-the-board expertise. The firm advises on the formation and operation of a wide array of funds with varying investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity funds, credit funds, distressed funds, real estate funds, activist funds, hybrid funds, blockchain technology, digital assets and litigation finance, among others.

    Litigation:

    SRZ’s litigation group has premier capabilities in both complex commercial litigation and the specialised areas of securities enforcement, white collar criminal defence and investigations and prosecutions (AML, OFAC and FCPA matters). Clients benefit from our litigators’ extensive trial experience and proven track record of success in complex civil and criminal matters, as well as its negotiation and dispute resolution expertise.

    Mergers & Acquisitions:

    SRZ regularly advises on M&A deals worth billions of dol- lars, and has experience working with some of the most talented foreign law firms in the world on cross-border deals. SRZ works on public and private transactions, proxy contests, spin-offs and joint ventures, regularly tackling some of the most complicated deals for many of the world’s largest private equity funds.

    Real Estate:

    SRZ represents a significant number of participants in the real estate sector. The firm handles a wide variety of complex and sophisticated transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, development, construction lending, financing, mezzanine lending, workouts, restructurings, REITs and commercial lending.

    Regulatory & Compliance:

    SRZ is one of only a few law firms with a dedicated regulatory and compliance practice within its private funds practice. SRZ has specialised expertise on issues private fund managers face in setting up, running and growing their businesses. SRZ also provides compliance reviews, training on compliance issues, and assistance in drafting policies and procedures.

    Securities & Capital Markets:

    SRZ provides transactional and ongoing regulatory and compliance advice for US and non-US participants (issuers, investors, banks) of all sizes and stages, across all major industries, engaging in US and global capital markets transactions, including: SEC registered, Regulation D, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings.

    Shareholder Activism:

    As the dominant global law firm for shareholder activism, SRZ assists with all matters relating to activism, including campaign strategies, corporate governance, proxy rules, trading and affiliate rules, Sections 13 and 16 compliance, antitrust regulations, federal and state securities and corporate laws, tax and regulatory issues and litigation.

    Tax:

    SRZ provides tax planning for mergers, sales and other dispositions, and acquisitions and leveraged buyout arrangements, including analysis of cross-border financing and transfer-pricing issues. The firm’s tax lawyers structure sophisticated financing transactions and advise on special tax issues confronting foreign investors making corporate, portfolio securities and real estate investments in the US. Tax advice is also provided to managers of domestic and foreign hedge, private equity and mutual funds.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Co-Managing Partner and Investment Management David Efron
    Co-Managing Partner and Investment Management Marc Elovitz
    Investment Management Stephanie Breslow
    Investment Management Josh Dambacher
    Individual Client Services Susan Frunzi
    M&A and Securities Eleazer Klein
    Litigation Michael Swartz
    Real Estate Julian Wise
    Structured Finance Boris Ziser
    CFO Richard Piotrowicz
    COO Brian Schare
    PhotoNamePositionProfile
    Robert Abrahams photoMr Robert AbrahamsRobert M. Abrahams concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, including securities,…
    Ari Aranda photoMr Ari ArandaAri Z. Aranda focuses his practice on a variety of real estate transactions.…
    Phillip Azzollini photoMr Phillip AzzolliniPhillip J. Azzollini focuses his practice on private offerings of collateralized loan…
    Philippe Benedict photoMr Philippe BenedictPhilippe Benedict focuses his practice on the tax aspects of investment funds, mergers…
    Stephanie Breslow photoMs Stephanie BreslowStephanie R. Breslow is co-head of the Investment Management Group and a member…
    Michael Cook photoMr Michael CookMichael Cook served as a partner in the New York office for…
    Harry Davis photoMr Harry DavisHarry S. Davis focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters for…
    Jennifer Dunn photoMs Jennifer DunnJennifer M. Dunn focuses her practice on advising hedge funds, private equity funds (including…
    David Efron photoMr David EfronDavid J. Efron is co-managing partner of the firm. He serves as co-head…
    Daniel Eisner photoMr Daniel EisnerDaniel Eisner has represented private equity firms and other corporate clients in…
    Marc Elovitz photoMr Marc ElovitzMarc E. Elovitz is co-managing partner of the firm. He serves as…
    Stuart Freedman photoMr Stuart FreedmanStuart D. Freedman serves as co-chair of the firm’s M&A and Securities…
    David Griffel photoMr David GriffelDavid S. Griffel concentrates his practice on tax issues related to the…
    William Gussman photoMr William GussmanWilliam H. Gussman, Jr. focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities fraud…
    Peter Jonathan Halasz photoMr Peter Jonathan HalaszPeter Jonathan Halasz is educated in both law and business, and his…
    Adam Harris photoMr Adam HarrisAdam C. Harris is chair of the Business Reorganization Group. His practice includes…
    Seth Henslovitz photoMr Seth HenslovitzSeth R. Henslovitz concentrates on real estate transactions, including representing lenders and…
    Daniel Hunter photoMr Daniel HunterDaniel F. Hunter has an established practice focused on building complex hedge…
    Taleah Jennings photoMs Taleah JenningsTaleah E. Jennings has served as lead counsel on various complex commercial…
    Jason Kaplan photoMr Jason KaplanJason S. Kaplan concentrates on corporate and securities matters for investment managers…
    Eleazer Klein photoMr Eleazer KleinEle Klein is co-chair of the global Shareholder Activism Group and serves…
    Douglas Koff photoMr Douglas KoffDouglas I. Koff is co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government…
    Dan Kusnetz photoMr Dan KusnetzDan A. Kusnetz concentrates on tax planning for complex transactions, including mergers and…
    Jeffrey Lenobel photoMr Jeffrey LenobelJeffrey A. Lenobel was a longtime member of the firm’s Executive Committee…
    Robert Loper photoMr Robert LoperRobert Loper concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions,…
    Donald Mosher photoMr Donald MosherDonald J. Mosher, co-head of the firm’s Bank Regulatory Group, focuses his…
    Robert Nash photoMr Robert NashRobert S. Nash focuses his practice on commercial leasing (on behalf of…
    David Nissenbaum photoMr David NissenbaumDavid Nissenbaum is co-head of the Investment Management Group. He primarily represents…
    Daniel Oshinsky photoMr Daniel OshinskyDaniel V. Oshinsky represents hedge funds, private equity funds, asset managers, specialty…
    Martin Perschetz photoMr Martin PerschetzMartin L. Perschetz concentrates his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense,…
    Julian Rainero photoMr Julian RaineroJulian Rainero is co-chair of the Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement Group. He…
    Ronald Richman photoMr Ronald RichmanRonald E. Richman is co-head of the Employment & Employee Benefits Group. His…
    Paul Roth photoMr Paul RothPaul N. Roth is a founding partner of the firm and former…
    Betty Santangelo photoMs Betty SantangeloBetty Santangelo focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense and securities/bank enforcement. A…
    Phyllis Schwartz photoMs Phyllis SchwartzPhyllis A. Schwartz focuses her practice on the structuring, formation and operation of…
    Joseph Smith photoMr Joseph SmithJoseph A. Smith represents private equity fund sponsors in connection with fund…
    Craig Stein photoMr Craig SteinCraig Stein is co-head of the Structured Finance & Derivatives Group. His practice focuses…
    Gary Stein photoMr Gary SteinGary Stein focuses on white collar criminal defense and securities regulatory matters,…
    Michael Swartz photoMr Michael SwartzMichael E. Swartz, co-chair of the Litigation Group and head of the…
    Shlomo Twerski photoMr Shlomo TwerskiShlomo C. Twerski, co-head of the firm’s Tax Group, focuses his practice…
    Alan Waldenberg photoMr Alan WaldenbergAlan S. Waldenberg is co-head of the firm’s Tax Group. His practice…
    Robert Ward photoMr Robert WardRobert J. Ward focuses his practice on commercial and securities litigation. Bob has…
    Craig Warkol photoMr Craig WarkolCraig S. Warkol is co-chair of the Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement Group.…
    Paul Watterson photoMr Paul WattersonPaul N. Watterson, Jr. concentrates on structured product and derivative transactions, the formation…
    Marc Weingarten photoMr Marc WeingartenMarc Weingarten focuses his practice on shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts,…
    Julian Wise photoMr Julian WiseJulian M. Wise is co-chair of the Real Estate Group. He has…
    Boris Ziser photoMr Boris ZiserBoris Ziser is co-head of the Structured Finance & Derivatives Group and…
    Number of Partners : 81
    Total Number of Fee-Earners : 346
    Other Offices : London
    Other Offices : Washington, DC