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Managing Partner: Andrew M Chonoles
Number of partners: 41
Number of lawyers: 63
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
Kleinberg Kaplan is a premier, award-winning boutique law firm that provides practical, business-minded legal counsel to investors, entrepreneurs and other industry leaders. With a national and international reputation for representation of private funds, the firm’s clients include an impressive roster of investment funds and emerging companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as a wide variety of public companies, real estate developers, financial services companies, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. Kleinberg Kaplan provides a full-service platform that combines extensive Big Law experience with the personalized attention of a boutique firm, true teamwork and an entrepreneurial culture attuned to investments, building businesses and transforming ideas into successful companies.

Bank Debt/Claims Trading,
Continuity Planning,
Emerging Companies and Venture Capital,
Estate Planning & Administration,
Executive Compensation,
Hedge Funds,
Investor Activism,
Litigation & Risk Management,
Mergers & Acquisitions,
Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations,
Private Equity Funds,
Real Estate,
Securities & Corporate Finance,

Main Areas of Practice:

Hedge Funds:

21 partners
For over 45 years, Kleinberg Kaplan has been a trusted advisor to the hedge fund industry. The firm has developed a national and international reputation for representing hedge funds and hedge fund managers, including pioneers and leaders in the industry with many billions of dollars under management. Kleinberg Kaplan advises its fund manager clients on all aspects of their businesses, including fund structuring and formation, partnership and employment agreements, seed deals, investments, trading, and regulatory matters. The firm provides comprehensive legal services for fund managers and their funds and remains uniquely committed to helping hedge fund managers from inception through all stages of growth of their business.
Contact: Eric S Wagner
Tel: +212 880 9845
Email: [email protected]

Private Equity Funds:
19 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan represents domestic and offshore private equity funds and their portfolio companies covering a wide range of investment strategies and asset classes, including real estate funds, venture funds, country-specific funds and industry-specific funds. A key aspect of private equity fund formation and operation is the negotiation of term sheets and side letters. With over 45 years in the private fund space, the firm has significant experience in these matters having negotiated against some of the largest institutional and sovereign investors in the world. Kleinberg Kaplan has also devised many hybrid private investment vehicles that have elements of private equity together with elements of a more open-ended, hedge fund product. The firm believes this is a unique strength it brings to the private equity arena because the firm does not view every issue through the same private equity lens.
Contact: Eric S Wagner
Tel: 212 880 9845
Email: [email protected]

Securities & Corporate Finance:
13 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan’s securities and corporate finance practice assists private investment funds and other clients engaged in active securities trading with securities and compliance issues. The firm also represents investors making private investments in the debt and equity securities of US and foreign companies, both public and private. Additionally, Kleinberg Kaplan represents secured lenders, as well as buyers and sellers of distressed bank debt, bonds and trade claims, under LSTA and LMA documentation.
Contact: Eric S Wagner
Tel: +212 880 9845
Email: [email protected]

7 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan’s litigation practice represents privately held and public companies as well as high-networth individuals in a broad spectrum of corporate, business and commercial litigation. The firm has particular experience in hedge fund and financial services litigation, regulatory investigations and defence, and employment law matters. The firm handles litigations – including “bet-the-company” disputes – in state and federal courts around the country, in domestic and international arbitration forums and before regulatory authorities and administrative agencies.
Contact: Marc R Rosen
Tel: +212 880 9897
Email: [email protected]

4 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan has a broad and sophisticated tax practice. The firm advises clients on taxation (federal, state, local and international) of hedge funds and private equity funds, including domestic funds, offshore funds, funds-of-funds and real estate funds. Kleinberg Kaplan also counsels clients on structuring (and restructuring) funds, structuring investment managers and general partners, compensating managers and employees, investing in funds and seeding managers, and on the taxation of financial instruments.
Contact: Philip S Gross
Tel: +212 880 9828
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
4 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan’s real estate practice is sophisticated and national in scope. The firm represents national and local real estate developers, owners, lenders, joint ventures and tenants in capital raising, development, acquisition, financing, joint ventures and leasing of large-scale commercial, office, retail, industrial and mixed-use projects. Kleinberg Kaplan also provides comprehensive legal services to sponsors of private equity funds and hedge funds that focus their investments on real estate and real estate-related assets. Additionally, the firm represents clients engaged in the development, acquisition, sale, leasing and financing of medical office buildings.
Contact: Ross L Yustein
Tel: +212 880 9848
Email: [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions:
6 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan represents private investment funds, corporations and entrepreneurs in a full range of purchase, sale and investment transactions. The firm has particular experience in representing investment managers in sales of their management companies and other strategic transactions. The firm also represents activist investors in developing and implementing so phisticated and creative strategies to achieve their goals, from the initial analysis of available options through the conclusion of an activist campaign.
Contact: Christopher P Davis
Tel: +212 880 9865
Email: [email protected]

Estate Planning & Administration; & Tax Exempt Organizations:
4 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan has an extensive estate planning and administration practice. In both planning and administering estates, the firm’s objective is to help its clients achieve their goals with respect to the disposition of their assets with the least tax cost while minimising the risk of potential claims of creditors. Kleinberg Kaplan represents a wide range of tax-exempt entities, including national and international public charities; private foundations; arts and cultural organisations; and social clubs. The firm provides sophisticated, multidisciplinary advice to these organisations on matters of critical importance such as corporate governance and compliance; exempt organisation tax issues; tax controversies; strategic planning; mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions.
Contact: Jeffrey B Kolodny
Tel: +212 880 9864
Email: [email protected]

Emerging Companies and Venture Capital:
3 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan offers a broad range of services to emerging companies and investors. The firm provides practical, business-minded counsel for companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as advising a wide variety of emerging company investors — venture capitalists, family offices, traditional private equity firms and other strategic and financial investors.
Contact: Jonathan A Ain
Tel: +212 880 9869
Email: [email protected]

5 Partners
Kleinberg Kaplan’s Bankruptcy/Workout Practice spans both transactional and litigation work. The firm represents clients in their capacities as secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, debtors, lenders, landlords, investors and buyers of distressed companies in connection with chapter 11 reorganizations and outof-court workouts.
Contact: Eric S Wagner
Tel: +212 880 9845
Email: [email protected]