Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) is pleased to announce the election of Peter G. Naismith and David S. Wermuth as partners. The firm also announces the promotion of Randall T. Adams, David Arnstein, Brian W. Harvey, Jae Y. Kim, Amiel Y. Mandel and Adam M. Singer to special counsel. All are resident in the firm’s New York office. The promotions became effective on Jan. 1, 2020.
“These individuals are results-driven lawyers with a strong focus on client service. We are excited to recognize their accomplishments,” said Alan S. Waldenberg, chair of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Peter G. Naismith, a partner in the Investment Management Group, focuses his practice on advising hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds and investment advisers in connection with their structuring, formation and ongoing operational needs, as well as on certain regulatory and compliance matters. He represents a wide variety of institutional and entrepreneurial fund sponsors and asset managers. He also has extensive experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, including a range of complex, high-value public and private transactions across a number of industry sectors. Prior to joining SRZ, Mr. Naismith served as in-house counsel at a privately held investment firm, where he focused on fund formation, hedge fund and private equity fund seeding and family office matters. His broad expertise includes roles with firms based in New York, London and Adelaide, Australia. Mr. Naismith received his LL.M., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, his LL.M. (commercial), with honors, from The University of Melbourne, his Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice from The University of South Australia and his LL.B., with first class honors, from The Flinders University of South Australia.
David S. Wermuth, a partner in the Tax Group, focuses his practice on the tax aspects of onshore and offshore investment funds, private equity partnerships and their investment managers. Specifically, he represents investment managers in connection with the formation and the ongoing operation of investment funds, including navigating the tax issues related to the proper documentation and international tax reporting of investors in such funds. Mr. Wermuth also represents private equity fund managers in connection with the acquisition and disposition of portfolio investments. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yeshiva University.
Randall T. Adams, a special counsel in the Litigation Group, focuses his practice on commercial and business disputes, shareholder activism litigation and securities class actions. His practice includes litigation relating to cryptocurrencies and other blockchain venture assets, executive compensation and short-swing trading disputes arising under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act. Mr. Adams received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. from Harvard College.
David Arnstein, a special counsel in the Finance Group, focuses his practice on commercial and corporate finance transactions. He regularly represents hedge funds, private equity funds, commercial finance companies and borrowers in a wide range of domestic and cross-border secured and unsecured finance transactions, including asset-based and cash-flow financings, acquisition and leveraged buyout financings, first-out/last-out, second lien and tranche B financings and liquidity facilities, including warehouse lines and leveraged finance vehicles. Mr. Arnstein earned his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Brian W. Harvey, a special counsel in the Finance Group, focuses on representing agents and lenders in a variety of financings and other credit arrangements, including acquisition financings, asset-based loans, cash flow loans and debtor-in-possession loans. He is also experienced in representing senior and junior lenders in multitiered financings, including second lien, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities, and in judicial and nonjudicial workouts, debt-for-equity exchanges, asset sales and foreclosures. Mr. Harvey earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A., summa cum laude, from The College of New Jersey.
Jae Y. Kim, a special counsel in the Finance Group, focuses her practice on commercial and corporate finance transactions. She represents private equity funds, hedge funds, commercial finance companies and borrowers in a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including asset-based and cash-flow facilities, acquisition and leveraged finance facilities, working capital facilities, secured financings, syndicated credit facilities and subordinated debt financings. Ms. Kim earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.
Amiel Y. Mandel, a special counsel in the Real Estate Group, focuses on a range of commercial real estate transactions, including financings, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and commercial leases. He has significant experience working on a variety of complex financing transactions, including mortgage, construction, mezzanine loans and preferred equity structures. Mr. Mandel’s clients include institutional lenders, developers, REITs, private equity funds and hedge funds. He earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A. from Yeshiva University.
Adam M. Singer, a special counsel in the Structured Finance & Derivatives Group, focuses his practice on asset-backed securitizations, warehouse credit facilities and swaps and other derivative products. He has represented underwriters, issuers, lenders and borrowers across a variety of asset classes, including structured settlements, litigation advances, lottery receivables, home improvements and marine and recreational vehicles, commercial, mezzanine and multi-family loans, and various types of residential mortgage loans (including fix and flip), among others. Mr. Singer has also represented issuers, underwriters, collateral managers and portfolio purchasers in public and private structured financings, including collateralized loan obligations. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Southern Connecticut State University.