Daniel F. Hunter has an established practice focused on building complex credit funds across the liquidity spectrum. His clients manage sophisticated funds investing in debt, including closed-end private debt funds, direct lending funds, loan funds, distressed credit funds, opportunity funds and more. In addition, Dan has extensive experience within Schulte’s iconic fund practice, advising some of the largest hedge funds in the world. He works on ground-breaking funds and strategies with new and emerging managers, as well as hedge fund formations for prominent brand-name global leading managers. Dan also provides day-to-day regulatory, operational, M&A and restructuring advice, and advises fund managers regarding the receipt of seed capital.

Dan has been ranked by Chambers USA in the Investment Funds: Hedge Funds – Nationwide category as well as The Legal 500 United States in its Investment Fund Formation and Management – Alternative/Hedge Funds category. Chambers notes that clients praised him as “outstanding to work with,” adding that “he is very smart, very experienced and very responsive.” A sought-after speaker, Dan has spoken at the Goldman Sachs Annual Hedge Fund conference on “Succession Planning” and the Wells Fargo Prime Services conference on “Assessing Your Fund for Institutional Growth.” He also presented at the AIMA Seminar: Navigating the Landscape of Side Letter Terms and was recently quoted in the HFMWeek article “Don’t Play Favourites With Your Investors.”

Publications

Hedge Funds: Formation, Operation and Regulation (ALM Law Journal Press) (co-author)

“Don’t Play Favourites With Your Investors,” HFMWeek, April 2018 (quoted)

“Reminder: TIC SHC Reports Due by March 3, 2017,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 14, 2017 (co-author)

“Co-Investments with SRZ’s Leading Fund Formation Group,” The Hedge Fund Journal, March 2016 (quoted)

“New ESMA Guidance on European Short Selling Rules — Effective 1 November 2012,” SRZ Alert, Oct. 18, 2012 (co-author)

“New European Rules on Short Selling — Effective 1 November 2012,” The Hedge Fund Journal, September/October 2012 

“New European Rules on Short Selling — Effective 1 November 2012,” SRZ Alert, Oct. 5, 2012 (co-author)

“Paulson’s Lacoursiere Said to Leave to Start Own Hedge Fund,” Bloomberg, March 13, 2012 (quoted)

“EU Short Selling Update: France, Belgium and Spain Lift Short Selling Restrictions on Financial Companies,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 16, 2012 (co-author)

“CFTC Finalizes Significant Rule Changes Affecting Fund Managers and Investment Companies,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 10, 2012 (co-author)

“Focus On: US Investors in LatAm,” LatAm Fund Manager, February 2012 (co-author)

“CCOs Advised on Form SLT,” Compliance Reporter, Jan. 20, 2012 (quoted)

“France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Greece Extend Short Sale Bans on Financial Companies,” SRZ Alert, Oct. 25, 2011 (co-author)

“France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Other Jurisdictions Impose Short Sale Restrictions on Financial Companies,” SRZ Alert, Oct. 12, 2011 (co-author)

“France, Spain, Italy and Belgium to Impose Short Sale Restrictions on Financial Companies Effective August 12, 2011; ESMA Issues Statement,” SRZ Alert, Oct. 11, 2011

“New Treasury Department Reporting Obligations for Certain U.S. Investment Managers,” SRZ Alert, Sept. 7, 2011 (co-author)

“Private Investment Funds Sweat CFTC Oversight,” Compliance Reporter, March 21, 2011 (quoted)

“CFTC Proposes to Discontinue Widely-Used Registration Exemption,” SRZ Alert, March 10, 2011 (co-author)

“The Changing Face of Capital Introduction,” MFA Reporter, April 2006

Speaking Engagements

Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Hedge Fund Conference, Denver, May 2019

Maples and Calder Investment Funds Forum, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, February 2019

“Insurance Dedicated Funds and Related Strategies” and “Credit and Specialty Finance,” SRZ 28th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2019

“Fund Economics,” SRZ 27th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2018

Financial Executives Alliance Regulatory Hot Topics for Hedge Funds, New York, September 2017

“Succession Planning,” Goldman Sachs 20th Annual Hedge Fund Conference, Nashville, May 2017

“Assessing Your Fund for Institutional Growth,” Wells Fargo Prime Services The Institutional Road: Infrastructure and Operational Considerations to Attract Institutional Capital, New York, February 2017

“Regulatory Focus: AML, Cybersecurity and FCPA,” SRZ 26th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2017

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Strategic Capital Considerations — Hedge Fund M&A Teach-In, New York, January 2017

“Insurance-Dedicated Funds: Tax and Corporate Issues,” SRZ Webinar, September 2016

SRZ Breakfast Briefing — Current Issues Impacting Private Investment Funds, Old Greenwich, Conn., September 2016

AIMA Navigating the Landscape of Side Letter Terms Seminar, New York, September 2016

“Current Terms and Conditions for Anchor and Seed Investments for Hedge Funds,” Wells Fargo Prime Brokerage, New York, February 2016

“Evolving Terms and Considerations Across the Fund Spectrum” and “Permanent Capital and Other Registered Funds: Access to New Capital Sources,” SRZ 25th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2016

SRZ and MFA Credit Funds: Structuring & Management Panel, New York, September 2015

“Regulatory Roulette: Knowing the Rules,” Ascendant Compliance Management Compliance as Gatekeepers — NextGen Skills for Effective Compliance Management Conference, Bonita Springs, Fla., March 2015

SRZ Advanced ERISA Luncheon: An In-Depth Look at Its Impact on Private Equity and Hedge Funds, New York, March 2015

“Preserving Legal Privilege,” Goldman Sachs General Counsel Conference, New York, March 2015

“Estate Planning, Charitable Giving and Other Considerations,” SRZ 24th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2015

“AIFMD: Practical Implications for U.S. Managers,” KB Associates Global Fund Distribution: New Opportunities, New Challenges, New York, October 2014

“Managing Business Growth: Trends in Compensation, Cybersecurity, and Regulatory Risk Management,” CounselWorks SummerTime Summit 2014, Montauk, N.Y., June 2014

“Global Regulatory Issues,” IIR 3rd Annual InvestorOps, New York, June 2014

Guest Lecturer, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Introduction to Hedge Funds, May 2014

“Recent Developments in the Cayman Islands,” NYSBA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, New York, May 2014

“Swaps Update: Segregation of Initial Margin for Uncleared Swaps,” SRZ Webinar, April 2014

“A New Paradigm: Customized Solutions for Investors” and “Running Hedge and Private Equity Strategies Side by Side,” SRZ 23rd Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2014

“Regulatory Enforcement, Dispute Resolution and Asset Recovery,” IIR Fund Governance Summit, New York, October 2013

“JOBS Act and AIFMD for U.S. Managers,” HFMWeek U.S. Breakfast Briefing, New York, September 2013

“AIFMD for US Private Fund Managers,” SRZ AIFM Directive: Requirements for Private Fund Managers Webinar Series, March 2013

“Day in the Life of a Hedge Fund COO/General Counsel,” University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business Alternative Investment Management “Fireside Chat,” Ann Arbor, February 2013

“Form PF Workshop” and “Opportunities for Hedge Fund Managers in the Registered Funds Space,” SRZ 22nd Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2013

“New Private Placement Rules Under the JOBS Act,” Financial Executives Alliance, New York, October 2012

“Compliance and CFTC Issues for Brazilian Managers,” Goldman Sachs Prime Brokerage Conference, Sao Paulo, October 2012 

“FATCA and Dividend Equivalent Withholding Developments,” SRZ Investment Management Hot Topics, New York, April 2012

“Brazilian Investment Management 101: Opportunities and Challenges in Starting a Brazilian Investment Management Business,” SRZ Conference, New York, February 2012

“Form PF Workshop,” SRZ 21st Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2012

“Legal, Regulatory & Tax,” Goldman Sachs Prime Brokerage Hedge Fund Conference, Rio de Janeiro, October 2011

“TIC Form SLT,” Goldman Sachs Prime Brokerage Regulatory Reporting Overview, New York, October 2011

“The Nuts & Bolts of Managing ERISA Plan Assets,” SRZ Investment Management Hot Topics, New York, June 2011

“Managing the Unique Due Diligence Considerations for Hedge Funds & Other Alternative Investments,” FRA Due Diligence for Institutional Investors, March 2011 

“Hedge Fund Compliance,” Sage Tree Seminars, March 2011

“Running a Multi-Jurisdictional Adviser,” SRZ 20th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, January 2011

“Preparing for Compliance with the Investment Advisers Act,” Sage Tree Seminars, November 2010

“Hedge Funds — Structure and Terms,” Morgan Stanley, November 2010

“Developments in U.S. Financial Institution Regulation,” The Changing Face of Global Financial Services Regulation Webinar, The Cross Border Group, November 2009

Moderator, “Acquiring and Financing Distressed Assets,” SRZ 18th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, January 2009

“Disclosure Issues in Connection with Side Pockets and Side Letters,” West LegalWorks’ New Frontiers in Hedge Fund Due Diligence Conference, March 2007

Memberships

  • University of Michigan Honors Alumni Council

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA
  • The Legal 500 US