Mr David Nissenbaum > 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, Energy, Financial Institutions, Hedge Funds, Private Equity


David Nissenbaum is co-head of the Investment Management Group. He primarily represents institutional and entrepreneurial investment managers, financial services firms and private investment funds in all aspects of their businesses. He structures investment management and financial services firms along with credit, hedge, private equity, hybrid, distressed investing, activist and energy funds, co-investments, funds of funds and scalable platforms for fund sponsors. David also advises on fundraising, management company partnerships, compensation plans, succession plans, seed and strategic investments and spinoffs of investment teams. His work includes counseling clients on finding practical solutions to regulatory and compliance requirements, including the Volcker Rule, and managing conflicts of interest with an emphasis on reducing legal risk to the business.

Clients often seek David’s advice on business matters and strategy and to assist on difficult negotiations. For many years, he has been named a “Leader in His Field” by Chambers Global and Chambers USA and recognized by The International Who’s Who of Private Funds LawyersPLC Cross-border Private Equity HandbookThe Legal 500 US and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Lawyers. A past member of the Advisory Board of The Financial Executives Alliance and the Banking Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, David is a sought-after writer and speaker. Works he has authored or co-authored include the chapter “Management Company Structures and Terms” in Hedge Funds: Formation, Operation and Regulation, published by ALM Law Journal Press; “Just Like Starting Over: A Blueprint for the New Wall Street Firm,” published by The Deal; and “Succession Planning,” published by SRZ. He has spoken at conferences and seminars on a range of topics, including fundraising, merchant bank structures, liquidity events, credit and lending funds and co-investment vehicles. David received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.


American Bar Association; Alternative Investment Financial Executives Association, Advisory Board; NYC Bar Association, Banking Law Committee.


Brooklyn Law School, JD; State University of New York at Albany, BA.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds

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.

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.