Mr Joseph Smith > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Investment Management, Private Equity, Real Estate Capital Markets & REITs, Energy


Joseph A. Smith represents private equity fund sponsors in connection with fund formation, the acquisition of portfolio investments and the implementation of exit strategies. In this capacity, Joe advises clients on securities, governance, ERISA, Investment Advisers Act and structural issues. He has extensive regulatory expertise, and wide-ranging experience with all alternative asset classes, including LBO funds, venture capital and later-stage growth equity funds, energy and infrastructure funds, credit funds, real estate funds and joint ventures, fund restructurings and other complex secondary transactions, and funds of funds. Joe has also represented many fund managers in connection with spinoffs and consolidations.

In addition to domestic representations, Joe has advised private equity clients in connection with the acquisition and structuring of portfolio investments throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. His representation of asset managers in the real estate sector includes advice concerning REIT offerings and privatizations, partnership roll-ups and cross-border investments. Joe’s clients include Arel Capital, Coller Capital, DRA Advisors, DuPont Capital Management, Fort Washington Investment Advisors, GE Asset Management (now State Street Global Advisors), Harbert Management Corporation, Hemisfério Sul Investimentos, Intel, Investors Diversified Realty, Kotak Mahindra Group, LCN Capital Partners, Mauá Capital, Ram Realty Services, REAL Infrastructure Partners, Royalton Partners, Value4Capital, VCFA Group, Vortus Investments and Westport Capital Partners. Joe has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers GlobalChambers USAExpert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Lawyers, The Legal 500 US and New York Super Lawyers. Most recently, Joe was quoted by Private Equity International in the article “LPAs: Finding the Right Balance” and by Private Funds Management in the article “Ringing the Changes.” Joe co-authored the “United States Fundraising” chapter in The Private Equity Review (Law Business Research Ltd.) and he contributed to the Fund Formation and Incentives Report (Private Equity International in association with SRZ). 


American Bar Association; New York City Bar Association.


New York University School of Law, JD; Columbia University, AB

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP brings its investment funds expertise to bear in the private equity space, advising market-leading hedge and private equity hybrid funds, in addition to traditional firms on all aspects of fund formation and management, encompassing structuring of funds, formation of management entities and representation of general partners in their negotiation with investors. The practice is jointly led from New York by Stephanie Breslow, who primarily advises on the formation of private and liquid equity funds, and also advises fund managers on regulatory compliance issues; David Efron, who has more that 25 years of experience of private investment fund strategies; and David Nissenbaum, who works with investment management and financial services firms on fundraising, management company partnerships, and compensation plan. Also recommended are Phyllis Schwartz, who advises sponsors and investors on fund formation, operation, and management, and Joseph Smith, who works on the sponsor side, advising on fund formation, transactions, and exit strategies. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.