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, Help for Children
  • Board Member, New York University Law Alumni Association, Inc.
  • Member, Legal Peer Advisory Group, Global Angel and member Senior Practitioner Committee, 100 Women in Finance
  • The Hedge Fund Journal, “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” (2019)
  • The National Law Journal, “Crytptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer” (2018) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2018-2020)
  • Legal 500 (2015-2018)
  • IFLR1000 (2018-2019)
  • Chambers Global (2009-2018)
  • Chambers USA (2008-2019)
  • 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

With a career spanning more than two decades, Sarah Davidoff is a partner in the asset management group and a co-head of Ropes & Gray’s Client Program. The world’s largest and most prominent US and non-US alternative asset managers turn to Sarah for guidance on issues relating to the formation, fundraising and operation of their private equity funds, growth funds, hybrid funds, credit funds and hedge funds. In Chambers USA, Sarah’s clients have commended her as being “uniquely talented,” praising her ability “to take the legal theory and really put it into practice” and to be “a strategic advisor” that is “incredibly proactive” and able to “mobilize all the capabilities of Ropes & Gray.” As such, Sarah’s clients “very much view her as a critical partner,” recognize that Sarah “universally has the highest regard or her peers” and notice that, “of her competitors, she [is] their top referral.”

Sarah 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. Sarah’s esteemed client roster and proven track record of making an impact on fund managers, and, more recently her cutting-edge work in advising on cryptocurrencies, demonstrates she is among the top women in the industry. 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, Fintech: The Evolving Ecosystem (September 12, 2019) 
  • Panelist, “Challenges of operating across public and private funds: conflicts, side pocket fees and allocation, efficient operations etc.,” GAIM Ops Cayman (April 30, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Hedge Funds: Looking into a Crystal Ball,” Maples Investment Funds Forum (February 8, 2019)
  • 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)
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1996
  • AB, with High Distinction, University of Michigan, 1993
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