Ms Phyllis Schwartz > 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, Regulatory & Compliance


Phyllis A. Schwartz focuses her practice on the structuring, formation and operation of private equity funds, including buyout funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, distressed funds, litigation financing funds and real estate funds. She represents both fund sponsors and investors in her practice. In addition to assisting fund sponsors with their internal management arrangements, succession planning, capital call borrowing facilities and formation of co-investment vehicles, she has extensive experience with institutional investors and regularly advises clients on market terms of investment funds. Phyllis also advises private equity funds in connection with their capital call credit lines and investments in, and dispositions of, portfolio companies.

Phyllis is listed in The Legal 500 USThe Best Lawyers in AmericaNew York Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Private Funds LawyersExpert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Lawyers (Investment Funds, Private Equity) and the Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (Investment Funds). A member of New York’s Private Investment Fund Forum, Phyllis frequently shares her insights on effective fund formation strategies at industry conferences and seminars. She recently discussed compliance concerns for co-investments and issues related to fund restructuring and secondary transactions. Interviewed by Private Funds Management in the article “Ringing the Changes,” Phyllis is also the co-author of Private Equity Funds: Formation and Operation (Practising Law Institute), which is considered the leading treatise on the subject. In addition, she contributed to the Fund Formation and Incentives Report (Private Equity International in association with SRZ), as well as a chapter on “Advisers to Private Equity Funds — Practical Compliance Considerations” in Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation, Volume 2 (Practising Law Institute). Phyllis received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her A.B. from Smith College.


Private Investment Fund Forum.


Columbia Law School, JD; Smith College, AB

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

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.