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

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

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 1

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP remains one of the strongest firms for hedge fund work in the US, acting for a client list which includes several of the market's preeminent names. Leadership duties within the team are split between Stephanie Breslow, David Efron (whom one client described as 'the best of the best') and David Nissenbaum. The team advises clients on a wide range of fund formation matters covering traditional hedge funds, hybrid funds and activist funds, and also provides the full range of supplementary services such as tax, regulatory, and litigation where required. Marc Elovitz is another key name within the team, and is highly active in the blockchain and digital asset space, recently advising Pantera Capital Management in relation to its crypto-focused funds. The team saw expansion at the partner level during 2020, with Peter Naismith making partner in January, and Owen Schmidt re-joining the firm in September from an in-house position at Falcon Edge Capital,

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Breslow; David Efron; David Nissenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Marc Elovitz; Brian Daly; Jennifer Dunn; David Hunter

Testimonials

‘The partners provide not only an amazing knowledge of the law but also of the business they act as advisors and are proactive.’

‘David Efron is warm and easy to work with along with a great sense of humor but most importantly is his knowledge and practical approach to solving complex issues.’

Key clients

AllianceBernstein

Avenue Capital Group

CarVal Investors

Cerberus Capital Management

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

GoldenTree Asset Management

Pantera Capital Management

Saba Capital Management

Solus Alternative Asset Management

Trian Fund Management

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

Under the joint leadership of Stuart Freedman and Richard PresuttiSchulte Roth & Zabel LLP's M&A practice stands out in particular for its private equity and investment management focus. In addition, the New York-based team is known for advising on public and private transactions, spin-offs and joint ventures. Freedman has significant experience in cross-border transactions, while Richard Presutti's recent work has included advice on Veritas Capital's and Cambium Learning Group's acquisition of Rosetta Stone; Andrew Fadale was also involved in that matter.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Freedman; Richard Presutti

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fadale

Key clients

Acacia Research Corp.

Albertsons Companies

Cerberus Capital Management

Keane Group

Marlin Equity Partners

Oak Hill Advisors

Veritas Capital

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Working out of New York, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's 'super professional' team is known most for its CLO practice, acting as manager- and issuer-side counsel. The group is experienced in loan and portfolio total return swaps, master repurchase agreements and single-class offerings by vehicles that invest in loan portfolios. The group also handles more esoteric securitizations including structured settlements and insurance-linked securities. The finance and derivatives department is jointly led by Craig Stein ('bringing market insight and a level of professionalism to each deal') and Boris Ziser, whose practice spans ABS, warehouse facilities and commercial paper conduits. Daniel Oshinsky has a strong fund-side client base with particular expertise in liquidity facilities and structured credits. Phillip Azzollini is a CLO expert, whose 'work ethic, attention to detail and consciousness of client needs are unmatched'.

Practice head(s):

Craig Stein; Boris Ziser

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Azzollini; Daniel Oshinsky; Stephen Schauder; Thomas Weinberger

Testimonials

‘Excellent CLO team! They know the law but more importantly, they know the market.’

‘Craig Stein is very engaged with all aspects of CLOs and is happy to advise on even the smallest of requests.’

‘Craig Stein brings market insight and a level of professionalism to each deal. He is responsive and gives trusted advice when called upon.’

‘Super professional, very fast, detail oriented, and reasonable from a business perspective.’

‘Stephen Schauder has been an outstanding representative for us.’

‘Creative, thoughtful practice that consistently keeps us aware of market and document changes.’

‘Craig Stein has proven to be thoughtful and helpful working with us on our securitization platform for almost a decade. He’s our “go-to” guy.’

‘Leading CLO (issuer counsel) firm that is both creative and experienced. Helpful is structuring new products and funds for the market.’

‘Craig Stein is highly experienced, market aware, and creative in how he thinks about the documents in securitization. We’ve used him on all our CLOs to date.’

‘Focused on practical issues, avoid over lawyering and focuses on core issues.’

‘They are really good at presenting practical solutions and interpretations. They are also consistently efficient, never running up a bill with unnecessary academic analysis. They also easily move between speaking with lawyers and business teams.’

‘Craig Stein gives us a practical view on every issue. He sees the market and helps us understand what others do on various issues. He also balances his legal view and what we need to accomplish as a business.’

‘SRZ is one of the top firms for CLO manager representation, and we use them as deal counsel as well. There are a few other firms that are just as capable, but the team at SRZ with whom we work has a better client service and attention to detail.’

‘Phil Azzollini at SRZ is our go-to for CLO management work. Phil’s work ethic, attention to detail and consciousness of our firm’s needs are unmatched.’

Key clients

Birch Grove Capital

Cerberus Capital Management

Deutsche Bank

Diameter Capital Partners

Fortress Investment Group

GoldenTree Asset Management

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is particularly notable for mid-market fund formation work, with clients such as Hemisfério Sul Investimentos, CapitalSpring Management Company and Casdin Capital approaching the firm for advice on the formation of their flagship funds. Additionally, the firm’s deep experience in the field of hedge funds has led to a substantial practice in the hybrid space, where it advises traditionally hedge-focused managers on their moves into private equity fund structures. The firm is also strong in the digital asset space, advising fund managers on blockchain and digital currency-focused funds, a recent example of which was the formation of bitcoin investment firm Pantera Capital Management’s third venture fund, which was handled by Marc Elovitz and practice-co head Stephanie Breslow. Fellow co-heads David Efron and David Nissenbaum are both highly active across the spectrum of sponsor-side work, advising on regulatory and compliance matters, in addition to operational and fund formation issues. Owen Schmidt joined the firm in September 2020 from an in-house position with Falcon Edge Capital, while Omoz Osayimwese departed at the start of 2020 to join Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Breslow; David Efron; David Nissenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Marc Elovitz

Key clients

Black Diamond Capital Management

CapitalSpring Management Company

CarVal Investors

Cerberus Capital Management

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

LCN Capital Management

Portfolio Advisors

Stamos Capital

Westport Capital Partners

ERISA litigation Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is highly active in the field of multi-employer litigation under the leadership of New York-based practice heads Ronald Richman and Mark Brossman. The pair recently handled withdrawal liability litigation for a diverse range of pension funds before the bankruptcy court and acted in arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brossman; Ronald Richman

Key clients

Newspaper and Mail-Deliverers’-Publishers’ Pension Fund

Financial services regulation Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is well regarded in the bank regulatory space, where it handles the creation of new products and transactions and investments in the financial sector, and is also highly active in the broker-dealer space. An area of focus for the firm in 2020 was advising banking clients on rule changes promulgated under the Bank Holding Act, related to control regulations and the Volcker Rule; Joseph Vitale and Julian Rainero advised banks including UBS, Credit Suisse, and ICBC on these changes. Donald Mosher specializes in the payment and money transmission sectors, handling the regulatory aspects of transactions and investments as well as the development of new products, including in the cryptocurrency space. The team's broker-dealer work is handled by Rainero and Craig Warkol. Betty Santangelo is also recommended, having garnered particularly high praise from clients. All named lawyers are based in the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

Donald Mosher; Julian Rainero; Craig Warkol; Joseph Vitale

Other key lawyers:

Betty Santangelo

Testimonials

‘Betty Santangelo at SRZ is a go-to expert on matters relating to anti-money laundering (AML), sanctions and financial crimes compliance. She was an AML practitioner before the enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act (and before AML became a hot topic) and provides great insight into the purpose and thought-process behind each implementing regulation. As a former prosecutor, she has great investigative instincts and serves as a great resource when firms are conducting internal investigations on financial crimes matter.’

‘Betty Santangelo is uniquely qualified because she possesses a rare combination not typically found with external counsel — that is, she combines her in-depth subject matter expertise in the areas of financial crimes, with a practical understanding of how the capital markets work, how trade settlements occur and how securities firms differ from banking institutions. The result is that she offers legal advice that is on-point, practical and tailored to the institution.’

Key clients

AllianceBernstein

Ant Financial

Aventiv Technologies

Banco Santander International SA

Centerbridge Partners

Cerberus Capital Management

Credit Suisse

CSG Systems International

De Lage Landen

Fidelity/NFS

Fiserv

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Instinet/Nomura

Interactive Brokers

Jane Street

Jun Ying

Remitly

Robinhood

Societe Generale

State Street Global Advisors

Trian Partners

UBS

Virtu

Western Union

WEX Payments

WorldRemit

M&A litigation: defense Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York is best known for securities litigation but litigation group co-chairs Michael Swartz and Peter White lead a practice that is increasingly involved in high-stakes disputes arising from contested M&A transactions. Swartz, who is also head of the shareholder activism group, frequently working on behalf of private equity firms and investors looking to support new litigation finance funds. An example is his work for Veritas Capital, for which he secured a victory in class actions arising from its acquisitions of athenahealth, Cambium Learning and Navigant. William Gussman is also active in securities fraud actions, fraudulent transfer actions, M&A litigation and partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Swartz; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

William Gussman

Key clients

Blackwells Capital

Harbert Discovery Fund

Hudson Bay Capital

Immunomedics

Pantera Capital Management

venBio Select Advisor

Veritas Capital

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's registered funds practice advises clients on the establishment and operation of registered closed-end funds, business development companies, mutual funds, interval funds and other products regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The practice has wide experiences in 1940 Act and public markets matters. The practice takes a multidisciplinary approach, working with over 85 lawyers within the firm’s broader investment management group. Key clients include YieldStreet, Investors Diversified Realty and ArrowMark Partners. Heading the practice are Stephanie Breslow, David Efron, and David Nissenbaum. A lawyer to note is Washington DC-based registered funds lawyer John Mahon, who has been involved with more than 100 debt and equity offerings.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Breslow; David Efron; David Nissenbaum

Other key lawyers:

John Mahon

Key clients

YieldStreet

Investors Diversified Realty

ArrowMark Partners

Real estate finance Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP represents lenders and borrowers in their commercial and mezzanine lending pursuits, directing a high degree of emphasis toward capital markets and structured finance techniques aimed at maximizing investments. Department chair Julian Wise has expertise across senior and multi-tranche mezzanine financings, restructurings and loan acquisitions, in addition to a wealth of experience in co-lender, participation, intercreditor and preferred equity agreements. Seth Henslovitz operates from New York alongside Wise, and is recommended for mortgage financing, workouts and joint venture negotiations. The team is particularly accomplished in matters relating to hotel, residential, retail and industrial assets and enjoys a formidable reputation among alternative investment clients and private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

Julian Wise

Other key lawyers:

Seth Henslovitz; Ari Aranda

Key clients

Albertsons Companies

Blackstone Real Estate

Festival Companies

Fortress Investment Group

Mack Real Estate

Menlo Equities

Meritz Securities

Monday Properties

Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP frequently acts in federal and state securities claims across the country on behalf of private investment funds, corporations, securities underwriters, broker-dealers, prime and clearing brokers, accounting firms and individual defendants. Michael Swartz in New York and Peter White in Washington DC are co-heads of the litigation group and both handle a range of complex commercial litigation, antitrust, regulatory enforcement and securities fraud cases. Swartz is acting for clients in the financial services sector in short-swing cases in which plaintiffs allege the defendants bought or sold securities when beneficially owning in excess of 10% of a class of securities. White also had an impressive year, having secured a victory for Veritas Capital in a securities class action.

Practice head(s):

Michael Swartz; Peter White

Key clients

Edenbrook Capital

Hudson Bay Capital Management

Pantera Capital Management

Starboard Value

Veritas Capital

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP acts for major private equity funds and asset managers in fund formations, corporate transactions, securitizations, bankruptcy proceedings and debt financing matters. The firm’s reputation in the area of alternative investment funds sees the tax team routinely advising market-leading investment firms on the tax structuring aspects of blockchain and crypto-currency fund formations. The team is jointly led by Alan Waldenberg and Shlomo Twerski, both of whom are experienced in all manner of corporate and financing transactions, acting for trading companies and fund managers. Philippe Benedict is also recommended in the investment fund space. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Alan Waldenberg; Shlomo Twerski

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Benedict

Testimonials

‘SRZ is a very strong firm when it comes to advice hedge funds. They have a deep bench of partners with a lot of experience in this space.’

‘The firm counts with one of the most preeminent tax lawyers in Manhattan, Alan Waldenberg, who has a wealth of experience in advising hedge funds on their international tax affairs. On the corporate side of things, partner Robert Loper stands out for his clear and precise advice on any corporate or contractual issue.’

‘The tax team at SRZ has very strong connections to hedge funds and private equity firms, thus making them one of the salient experts in the taxation of these entities and their partners at US and international levels.’

‘Alan Waldenberg is a star in dealing with the international tax issues arising from the investments made by hedge funds abroad. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide variety of tax problems in different countries over the years.’

‘The SRZ tax group has a very capable team at all levels providing their advice on all tax, regulatory and business matters in the financial services industry. They have up and coming talent and expertise that I have not found in other firms providing practical and thoughtful advice.’

‘Shlomo Twerski is extremely knowledgeable in financial services tax law, in particular private equity and alternative investments. He is well versed in current legislation as well as emerging trends and issues. Shlomo has the ability to explain complicated matters in layman terms and provides practical solutions from a tax, investor and business perspective.’

Key clients

Albertsons Companies

Cerberus Capital Management

Elliott Management

Fortress Investment Group

JANA Partners

Marlin Equity Partners

Pantera Capital Management

Trian Fund Management

Veritas Capital

General commercial disputes Tier 5

Based in New York, the litigation group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is best known for its expertise in shareholder litigation and financial services litigation involving private investment funds. Among the team's recent highlights, Michael Swartz obtained a major victory for Pantera Capital Management in a high-value case against a cryptocurrency investment fund manager. Another key contact in the team is William Gussman, who is recommended for his role in securities fraud and M&A litigation. Peter White  jointly leads the practice group alongside Swartz.

Practice head(s):

Michael Swartz; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

William Gussman

Key clients

Blackwells Capital

Harbert Discovery Fund

Hudson Bay Capital

Immunomedics

Pantera Capital Management

venBio Select Advisor

Veritas Capital

Real estate Tier 5

The team at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is based in New York, but is active in property matters nationwide, representing real estate and private equity funds, institutional and non-institutional investors in transactions related to a range of property assets, namely hotel, residential, industrial, retail and commercial. Its strength in the investment space is supplemented by a dual lender and borrow real estate finance practice, as well as leasing expertise which is centered around negotiations and renewals at investment management, financial services and law firm offices. Julian Wise chairs the department and is adept in both dirt and finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Julian Wise

Other key lawyers:

Seth Henslovitz

Testimonials

‘Great partner engagement, strong market knowledge and relationships, knowhow to cut through the minor points to focus on the most important issues’

‘Julian Wise and Seth Henslovitz are super-responsive, always bring their A-Game, are strong negotiators and very commercial.’

Key clients

Albertsons Companies

Blackstone Real Estate

Festival Companies

Fortress Investment Group

Mack Real Estate

Menlo Equities

Meritz Securities

Monday Properties

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP’s white-collar defense and government investigations group advises corporations and individuals on regulatory matters, government investigations and litigation. New York-based Barry Bohrer has an active trial and appellate practice, handling criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts. Also in New York, Douglas Koff acts for financial institutions, broker-dealers, and senior executives in relation to investigations brought by government regulators. Contacts in Washington DC include Peter White, who is experienced in grand jury investigations, internal investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings, FCA matters and qui tam lawsuits; and Adam Hoffinger, who has acted for high-profile executives and members of Congress and the federal executive branch.

Practice head(s):

Barry Bohrer; Adam Hoffinger; Douglas Koff; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

Charles Clark; Craig Warkol

Key clients

Abul Huda Farouki (former chief executive of Anham)

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

Ali Alzabarah (former Twitter software engineer)

Ken Ravenell (Baltimore lawyer)

Agricultural Bank of China

Eric Dalius/Saivian

Purdue Pharma (former senior executives)

Under Armour (executives)

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Gerard Denault (New York “CityTime” case)

Maltese Capital Management

Joseph Percoco (former Aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo)

Jun Ying (former Equifax executive)

Ronald Ferguson

Crystal Grote (Tucker Companies)

Paychex

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Shareholder activism

Clients and peers alike consider Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's team in New York to be one of the top performers in shareholder activism; it acts on the side of some of the most influential activists in a full scope of activism matters. The financial services sector is among the group’s mainstays, where it has also developed additional credentials in securities law and short swing trading. Notably, the team’s recent workload reflects its capacity to represent large hedge funds in contentious proxy fights; in this space, it often acts on a cross-departmental basis with the litigation practice, where litigator Michael Swartz is the key figure for activism-related mandates. The department is spearheaded by Marc Weingarten (‘one of the godfathers of the activist investor legal business’) and Eleazer Klein (‘one of the rarest of a group of exceptionally smart lawyers’). Clients have also singled out Aneliya Crawford, whose experience includes global activism campaigns, including recent work on a cross-border mandate involving Japan.

Practice head(s):

Eleazer Klein; Marc Weingarten

Other key lawyers:

Aneliya Crawford; Michael Swartz

Testimonials

‘The SRZ activism team is knowledgeable and practical. The lawyers represent their clients’ interests with determined effort and, yet, show a practical business sense. The lawyers know the law and also know the markets. Significant for an activist practice, SRZ has a great litigation practice and full-service law firm capabilities in the regulatory and specialty areas (antitrust, tax, insurance, banking, among other areas) required to best help a client.’

‘Marc Weingarten brings more knowledge and expertise to this practice than most people will ever hope to gain. He is one of the godfathers of the activist investor legal business and his reputation as a go-to lawyer is well deserved.’

‘Ele Klein is one of the rarest of a group of exceptionally smart lawyers I have ever met; he also has a sense of humor, practicality and compassion. I would never hesitate to recommend Ele to a client. He works hard, he works smart, and he cares about what he does.’

‘Aneliya Crawford knows how to get things done for her clients in a manner that makes her effort almost seem effortless. You know she is there for you. You know she goes the extra mile. And yet, she makes her clients feel like her efforts are no bother at all and the results are top-notch.’

‘Michael Swartz is a great litigator. In the many years I have known him, he has always done what great litigators do: learned the matter at hand better than the practicing experts and found ways to ask the right questions to get the upper hand in a court bound matter.’

‘Few associates deserve mention for skill and knowledge on this area the way Brandon Gold does. Brandon is a rising star.’

Key clients

Blue Lion Capital Management

Colony Capital

DE Shaw

Edenbrook Capital

Elliott Management

Eminence Capital

Harbert Management

Impala Asset Management

Jana Partners

KKR

Luminus Management

Saba Capital Management

Starboard Value

Voce Capital Management

Trian Fund Management

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
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Mr Robert Abrahams  photo Mr Robert Abrahams Robert M. Abrahams concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, including securities,…
Mr Ari Aranda  photo Mr Ari Aranda Ari Z. Aranda focuses his practice on a variety of real estate transactions.…
Mr Phillip Azzollini  photo Mr Phillip Azzollini Phillip J. Azzollini focuses his practice on private offerings of collateralized loan…
Mr Philippe Benedict  photo Mr Philippe Benedict Philippe Benedict focuses his practice on the tax aspects of investment funds, mergers…
Mr Barry Bohrer  photo Mr Barry Bohrer Barry A. Bohrer is co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government…
Ms Stephanie Breslow  photo Ms Stephanie Breslow Stephanie R. Breslow is co-head of the Investment Management Group and a member…
Mr Michael Cook  photo Mr Michael Cook Michael Cook served as a partner in the New York office for…
Ms Aneliya Crawford  photo Ms Aneliya Crawford
Mr Brian Daly  photo Mr Brian Daly Brian T. Daly advises hedge, private equity and real estate fund managers…
Mr Harry Davis  photo Mr Harry Davis Harry S. Davis focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters for…
Ms Jennifer Dunn  photo Ms Jennifer Dunn Jennifer M. Dunn focuses her practice on advising hedge funds, private equity funds (including…
Mr David Efron  photo Mr David Efron David J. Efron is co-managing partner of the firm. He serves as co-head…
Mr Daniel Eisner  photo Mr Daniel Eisner Daniel Eisner has represented private equity firms and other corporate clients in…
Mr Marc Elovitz  photo Mr Marc Elovitz Marc E. Elovitz is co-managing partner of the firm. He serves as…
Mr Stuart Freedman  photo Mr Stuart Freedman Stuart D. Freedman serves as co-chair of the firm’s M&A and Securities…
Mr Michael Gilligan  photo Mr Michael Gilligan Michael E. Gilligan focuses his practice on public and private merger and…
Mr David Griffel  photo Mr David Griffel David S. Griffel concentrates his practice on tax issues related to the…
Mr William Gussman  photo Mr William Gussman William H. Gussman, Jr. focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities fraud…
Mr Peter Jonathan Halasz  photo Mr Peter Jonathan Halasz Peter Jonathan Halasz is educated in both law and business, and his…
Mr Adam Harris  photo Mr Adam Harris Adam C. Harris is chair of the Business Reorganization Group. His practice includes…
Mr Seth Henslovitz  photo Mr Seth Henslovitz Seth R. Henslovitz concentrates on real estate transactions, including representing lenders and…
Mr Daniel Hunter  photo Mr Daniel Hunter Daniel F. Hunter has an established practice focused on building complex hedge…
Ms Taleah Jennings  photo Ms Taleah Jennings Taleah E. Jennings has served as lead counsel on various complex commercial…
Mr Jason Kaplan  photo Mr Jason Kaplan Jason S. Kaplan concentrates on corporate and securities matters for investment managers…
Mr Eleazer Klein  photo Mr Eleazer Klein Ele Klein is co-chair of the global Shareholder Activism Group and serves…
Mr Douglas Koff  photo Mr Douglas Koff Douglas I. Koff is co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government…
Mr Dan Kusnetz  photo Mr Dan Kusnetz Dan A. Kusnetz concentrates on tax planning for complex transactions, including mergers and…
Mr Jeffrey Lenobel  photo Mr Jeffrey Lenobel Jeffrey A. Lenobel was a longtime member of the firm’s Executive Committee…
Mr Robert Loper  photo Mr Robert Loper Robert Loper concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions,…
Mr Donald Mosher  photo Mr Donald Mosher Donald J. Mosher, co-head of the firm’s Bank Regulatory Group, focuses his…
Mr Robert Nash  photo Mr Robert Nash Robert S. Nash focuses his practice on commercial leasing (on behalf of…
Mr David Nissenbaum  photo Mr David Nissenbaum David Nissenbaum is co-head of the Investment Management Group. He primarily represents…
Mr Daniel Oshinsky  photo Mr Daniel Oshinsky Daniel V. Oshinsky represents hedge funds, private equity funds, asset managers, specialty…
Mr Martin Perschetz  photo Mr Martin Perschetz Martin L. Perschetz concentrates his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense,…
Mr Richard Presutti  photo Mr Richard Presutti Richard A. Presutti is co-chair of the M&A and Securities Group, chair…
Mr Julian Rainero  photo Mr Julian Rainero Julian Rainero is co-chair of the Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement Group. He…
Mr Ronald Richman  photo Mr Ronald Richman Ronald E. Richman is co-head of the Employment & Employee Benefits Group. His…
Mr Paul Roth  photo Mr Paul Roth Paul N. Roth is a founding partner of the firm and former…
Mr Edward Sadtler  photo Mr Edward Sadtler Edward H. Sadtler is head of the Intellectual Property, Sourcing & Technology…
Ms Betty Santangelo  photo Ms Betty Santangelo Betty Santangelo focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense and securities/bank enforcement. A…
Ms Phyllis Schwartz  photo Ms Phyllis Schwartz Phyllis A. Schwartz focuses her practice on the structuring, formation and operation of…
Mr Joseph Smith  photo Mr Joseph Smith Joseph A. Smith represents private equity fund sponsors in connection with fund…
Mr Craig Stein  photo Mr Craig Stein Craig Stein is co-head of the Structured Finance & Derivatives Group. His practice focuses…
Mr Gary Stein  photo Mr Gary Stein Gary Stein focuses on white collar criminal defense and securities regulatory matters,…
Mr Michael Swartz  photo Mr Michael Swartz Michael E. Swartz, co-chair of the Litigation Group and head of the…
Mr Shlomo Twerski  photo Mr Shlomo Twerski Shlomo C. Twerski, co-head of the firm’s Tax Group, focuses his practice…
Mr Joseph Vitale  photo Mr Joseph Vitale Joseph P. Vitale is co-head of the Bank Regulatory Group. He represents…
Mr Alan Waldenberg  photo Mr Alan Waldenberg Alan S. Waldenberg is co-head of the firm’s Tax Group. His practice…
Mr Robert Ward  photo Mr Robert Ward Robert J. Ward focuses his practice on commercial and securities litigation. Bob has…
Mr Craig Warkol  photo Mr Craig Warkol Craig S. Warkol is co-chair of the Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement Group.…
Mr Paul Watterson  photo Mr Paul Watterson Paul N. Watterson, Jr. concentrates on structured product and derivative transactions, the formation…
Mr Marc Weingarten  photo Mr Marc Weingarten Marc Weingarten focuses his practice on shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts,…
Mr Julian Wise  photo Mr Julian Wise Julian M. Wise is co-chair of the Real Estate Group. He has…
Mr Boris Ziser  photo Mr Boris Ziser Boris 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