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Practice Areas

Investment management, private funds, investment advisers, and regulatory investigations and enforcement.

Professional Memberships

New York State Bar Association (Tax Section); International Bar Association (Private Funds Section).


Mr. Tavss was a partner for 30 years and is now Senior Counsel in Seward & Kissel's Investment Management Group. He advises clients on a wide variety of securities, tax and business law matters relating to the investment management business. Mr Tavss has significant expertise in the investment management area including the representation of "hedge funds," other private investment vehicles (both onshore and offshore) and private equity funds. He is a frequent speaker on "hedge fund" and other private investment fund issues. Mr Tavss is actively involved with Hedge Funds Care, a not-for-profit organization supported by the hedge fund industry dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.


Mr Tavss received a BA Degree (with honors) from University of Virginia in 1976, a JD Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1979, and an LLM Degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He has practiced at Seward & Kissel since 1979.