Sarah Davidoff

Partner

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  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1996
  • AB, with High Distinction, University of Michigan, 1993

Qualifications

  • New York, 1997
  • Board Member, New York University Law Alumni Association, Inc.
  • Member, Legal Peer Advisory Group, 100 Women in Hedge Funds
  • The National Law Journal, “Crytptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer” (2018) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2018-2019)
  • Legal 500 (2015-2018)
  • IFLR1000 (2018-2019)
  • Chambers Global: “Leading practitioner in hedge funds” (2009-2018)
  • Chambers USA: “Leading practitioner in hedge funds” (2008-2018)
  • Expert Guides’ Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (2014-2016)
  • US Legal 500: “Leading lawyer in investment fund formation and management” (2009-2014)
  • Who’s Who Legal (2013, 2016)
  • Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law (2013)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Investment Funds Lawyers: “Leading investment funds lawyer” (2010)

Sarah Davidoff

Partner

Sarah Davidoff is a partner in the firm’s asset management practice and a co-head of Ropes & Gray’s Client Program. The world’s largest and most well-known alternative asset managers turn to Sarah for guidance on issues relating to the formation, structure and operation of their funds and firms. Clients have noted in Chambers USA that they value her ‘nuanced, commercially-relevant guidance” and commend her for being “exceptional at providing recommendations based on market experience.” She has particular expertise with spinouts, reorganizations, asset management M&A transactions, seed arrangements, high net worth access products, structuring internal compensation programs, designing bespoke and hybrid investment vehicles, and launching innovative fund products. In addition, Sarah has carved out a niche developing first-of-their-kind funds for clients focused on investing in cryptocurrencies, a ground-breaking investment strategy. Sarah regularly advises clients at the forefront of the constantly evolving regulatory and compliance landscape, is a frequent speaker at conferences, forums and other seminars in the private funds industry, and has contributed to a number of well-known legal publications.

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Launching & Running a Cryptocurrency Fund,” CoinAlts Fund Symposium (April 19, 2018) 
  • Speaker, “Funds in Crisis: When the Regulator Calls,” Maples Investment Funds Forum (February 23, 2017)
  • Panelist, “A View From Washington”, SIFMA Private Funds Roundtable (February 8, 2017)
  • Moderator, “3 CCOs and a Prosecutor: The Next Frontier In Implementing, Managing And Reacting To The Demands Of Operating An Effective Compliance Program,” GAIMOps Cayman (March 6, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Dodd-Frank, AML, FATCA, and AIFMD: Regulatory and Compliance Challenges and Their Impact on Operations and Investor Relations,” Operations for Alternatives 2016 Conference (February 1, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Hybrid Funds,” IBA’s 16th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds (March 2015)
  • Moderator, “The Regulatory & Political Economy Panel: Dodd-Frank, Investment Advisors, Tax & Policy and Other New Legislation & Enforcement,” IMN 2nd Annual Real Estate General Counsel Forum (September 2012)
  • Speaker, “Current terms: Hedge Funds,” IBA’s 13th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds (March 2012)
  • Panelist, “Preparing for New and Anticipated Legislation and Regulation: Hedge Fund Adviser Registration, the Custody Rule and Beyond,” ACI's 6th National Advanced Forum on Regulation and Enforcement of Hedge Funds & Investment Advisers, New York, NY (June 2010)
  • Speaker, “Structuring Onshore Versus Offshore Funds,” GAIM Ops Cayman (March 2010)
  • Speaker, “Political, Legal, Regulatory and Tax Issues,” Maples Investment Funds Forum (February 2008)
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