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Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP

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Schulte Roth & Zabel is a full-service law firm with offices in London, New York and Washington DC. The leading law firm provides its services to the financial services industry, with particular focus on investment management, corporate and transactional matters, regulatory compliance, enforcement and investigative issues.

The firm: Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel is a multidisciplinary firm, with offices in the US and the UK. The firm's clients include a large array of institutional, entrepreneurial and individual clients, including public and private companies, investment banks, hedge and private equity funds, as well as domestic money centres and foreign commercial banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, private investment partnerships, venture capitalists and pension funds.

The firm is one of the leading law firms serving the financial services sector, and regularly advises clients on investment management, corporate and transactional matters, as well as providing counsel on securities regulatory compliance, enforcement and investigative issues. Schulte Roth & Zabel is recognised for its expertise in the hedge fund sector in both London and New York, representing over half of the world's 100 largest hedge funds and more than 3,000 investment funds globally. The firm specialises in complex deals, involving multitudes of lawyers working across practice areas. Its lawyers aim to build long-term relationships with clients by delivering a high level of client service. The London office, which was established in 2002, has a focus on investment management and especially hedge funds and related areas, servicing clients in the United States, United Kingdom, continental Europe, the Middle East, Southern Africa, Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan) and Australia.

Types of work undertaken: Hedge funds: Schulte Roth & Zabel advises managers and fund sponsors on the formation, launch, operation and management of hedge funds and funds of hedge funds.

Private funds: the firm offers advice to fund sponsors on the formation and launch of venture capital, hybrid private equity funds, hybrid funds and other closed-end funds, and provides advice on carried interest and other compensatory arrangements.

Regulated funds: Schulte Roth & Zabel works alongside managers and fund sponsors on the structuring, launch and operation of UCITS funds (including Irish and Luxembourg funds), UCITS platforms and other European- and US-regulated funds.

Co-investments: the firm's lawyers are experts in structuring and advising on co-investments and co-investment vehicles.

Single investor funds/managed accounts: Schulte Roth & Zabel represents managers and asset allocators on single investor funds, managed account agreements and managed account platforms.

Seed capital and investor relations: the firm's lawyers have extensive experience in working with managers and investors to achieve the optimal structure with most, if not all, major seed providers and anchor investors. The firm regularly negotiates side letters with some of the most significant hedge fund investors.

Regulatory issues: Schulte Roth & Zabel provides focused 'buy-side' advice on UK, US and EU regulatory issues affecting investment management businesses, including registration requirements, marketing and compliance reporting mandates. In particular, the firm provides specialised advice on FCA, SEC, CFTC, AML, bank regulatory and ERISA issues.

Prime broker and SDA derivatives and structured products: the firm's lawyers provide expert advice on derivative products, including bespoke structures and high-volume products, and on exchange-traded and over-the-counter products, such as repurchase agreements.

Tax and other issues: Schulte Roth & Zabel's lawyers advise on UK and US tax and other issues relevant to investment management businesses, including compensation plans, alternative structures and intellectual property.

Distressed debt and claims trading: the firm handles a wide range of global debt and claims trading matters, including structuring, preparing and negotiating deal-specific transaction documentation.

Hedge fund manager mergers and acquisitions and corporate: Schulte Roth & Zabel handles the sale, divestment and restructuring of portfolio companies, asset management companies and interests.

Shareholder activism: the firm has one of the top-rated activist practices, and advises activists and 'occasional activists', as well as companies, boards of directors and shareholders.

  • Number of UK partners: 6
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 15

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