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Josh Dambacher

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

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Investment Management, Financial Institutions, Hedge Funds, Private equity, Shareholder Activism


Josh Dambacher is a partner in the Investment Management Group and co-head of the London office. He focuses his practice on corporate, securities and regulatory matters and primarily represents institutional and entrepreneurial investment managers, financial services firms and private investment funds in all aspects of their business. Josh's experience includes structuring investment management firms, hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds and funds of funds; and structuring and negotiating seed and strategic investments. He also regularly advises investment management firms and their principals on US and UK regulatory compliance, acquisitions and reorganisations of investment management firms, and restructuring proprietary trading desks into independent investment management firms.

In addition to The Legal 500 UK, Josh is listed as a leading investment management lawyer by Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers, and is listed in the Financial News 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds 2012 and Financial News 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Legal Services 2013. Recently, Josh received an “Outstanding Contribution” award for his services to the hedge fund industry at The Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2018. He is also a frequent speaker and author on issues facing the investment management industry including, most recently, on the current regulatory landscape for hedge funds, the proposed EU Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers and the US Dodd-Frank Act. Josh previously led the US Financial Reforms Working Group for the Alternative Investment Management Association. Josh holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA in finance from Purdue University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.


University of Michigan Law School, JD; Purdue University, MBA, Phi Beta Kappa; University of Missouri, BBA, with distinction.

London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds

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Josh Dambacher - Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP

Within: Hedge funds

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP handles a range of hedge fund launches, many of which using traditional Cayman Island structures, and also advises fund managers on spin-outs and on day-to-day operational issues. Christopher Hilditch, who 'is prepared to offer practical solutions to issues rather than just stating the law', advised Cantab Capital Partners on forming a new master-feeder hedge fund, the client's first since its acquisition by GAM in 2016, and separately advised Orchard Global Asset Management on creating a new structure with Cayman and Delaware feeders. Josh Dambacher advised Cevian Capital on a capital-raising, including negotiating side letters with sovereign wealth funds, and separately advised Lancaster Investment Management on the launch of a new structure to be managed by a team led by a new hire from Greenlight Capital. Cathy Weist is also recommended, as are Nick Fagge and Anna Maleva-Otto, for tax and regulatory issues respectively. Other clients include Marshall Wace, which the team advised on launching several sub-funds to its Irish and Delaware funds, and Securis Investment Partners, which the team advised on a hurricane-related risk insurance fund. Also in the insurance space, Hilditch also advised Credit Suisse ILS on structuring a hybrid fund, structured as a segregated portfolio of a Cayman company, investing in reinsurance in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose.

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Private funds

Within: Private funds

'Excellent across the board', Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP handles a range of work, often involving fund structures at the intersection of hedge and private equity. Jim McNally advised LCN Capital Partners on forming LCN North America Fund II and LCN European Fund II, which both closed in March 2017 with commitments totaling $500m. Josh Dambacher  also handles complex mandates. Other clients include Sprints Capital Management, which McNally advised on subsequent closings of Sprints Capital International II, and TriSpan.

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