Mr John Mahon > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
901 Fifteenth Street,
NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
United States
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Work Department

Investment Management, Regulated Funds, Hedge Funds, Regulatory & Compliance


John J. Mahon represents private equity firms and other financial sector participants in a wide range of capital markets and securities law matters. He regularly assists clients in connection with the establishment and operation of business development companies (BDCs), registered closed-end funds and other similar public and private vehicles that comply with complex regulatory structures, including the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Dodd-Frank Act. With more than a decade and a half of experience, John has been involved with more than 100 debt and equity offerings, including over 20 initial public offerings (IPOs), reflecting an aggregate of over $10 billion in total proceeds. His work in securities law and mergers and acquisitions includes providing guidance to many New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq-listed companies in connection with ongoing corporate governance and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting and compliance matters. John routinely handles issues involving tender offers, proxy solicitations, going-private transactions and beneficial ownership reporting obligations.

John is listed in The Legal 500 US and Washington, DC Super Lawyers. A recipient of the SEC Capital Markets Award, he serves as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and is the former chair of the Corporate Finance Committee of the Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar. He speaks and writes on topics ranging from SEC regulations and disclosure obligations to public and private capital raising structures, 1940 Act regulated funds and M&A issues. John was interviewed for The Hedge Fund Journal article “BDC and RIC Research and Issuance Proliferating” and he was quoted in the S&P Global Market Intelligence article “BDCs Step Into Spotlight With Moves on Leverage, Fees.” John recently spoke on “Specialty Activism: REITs, Banking, Litigation and ‘40 Act Funds” at SRZ’s 9th Annual Shareholder Activism Conference.


Former Chair, Corporate Finance Committee, Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section, District of Columbia Bar; Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association.


Georgetown University Law Center, JD; University of Richmond, BSBA, cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds

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.