We are pleased to announce today the merger of our respective firms to form Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, a law firm focused on the hedge fund industry. Below is our press release announcing the merger. We look forward to continuing to provide top-tier legal services to both large and start-up managers and will continue to focus on bringing useful information to the hedge fund community through the Hedge Fund Law Blog.
Many thanks to everyone who has supported this website and our practices over the years.
– Karl Cole-Frieman & Bart Mallon
Cole-Frieman LLP & Mallon P.C. merge to form 3rd largest hedge fund practice based in San Francisco
– Combined firm has over 200 hedge fund industry clients
San Francisco, July 27th, 2011 – Two fast-growing San Francisco based law firms, Cole-Frieman LLP and Mallon P.C., today announced an agreement to combine businesses. The combined firm, known as Cole- Frieman & Mallon LLP, will be a boutique generalist firm focusing on hedge fund managers and hedge fund investors. Karl Cole-Frieman and Bart Mallon will be Co-Managing Partners of the eight person firm, which is headquartered in San Francisco and has a satellite office in New York. With 215 clients in the hedge fund industry, the firm also managed over 100 hedge fund launches in the last two years.
Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP provides advice on a broad range of corporate, regulatory and litigation matters including hedge fund formation, adviser registration, CFTC and NFA matters, ISDAs and counterparty documentation, loan trading and distressed debt transactions, seed deals, employment and compensation matters and regulatory inquiries.
The firm will also manage the widely read and highly influential Hedge Fund Law Blog (http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com), which focuses on legal issues that impact the hedge fund community.
“This merger will create an industry leading firm that provides a full suite of services to hedge funds and others in the alternative investment community,” says Karl Cole-Frieman. Mallon notes, “Many larger managers are opting to bifurcate their legal work between our firm and a large law firm. Whether the client needs start-up support or more tailored advice, we are able to provide high level, cost-effective services which consider the manager’s needs from a business as well as a legal perspective.”
“There are few firms that can provide an institutional quality product at a reasonable price point. With Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP we get the benefit of top notch expertise, as well as the personalized service and attention of a boutique firm” said Dennis Carlton, General Counsel of WMD Asset Management, LLC.
Bruce Wilson at North Creek Advisors, LLC adds “Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP bring to the table a deep understanding of the hedge fund business and hedge fund operations. They are business partners, as well as counselors, who engineer the solutions for their clients.”
About Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP
Informed by significant in-house and private practice experience at some of the most prestigious Wall Street firms, hedge funds, and law firms Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP has the business acumen and market knowledge to
provide legal solutions for a wide range of financial services matters. With offices in San Francisco and New York, Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP has a nationwide practice that services both start-up managers as well as multi-billion dollar firms. Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP provides a variety of services including: hedge fund formation, advisor registration and counterparty documentation, CFTC and NFA matters, seed deals, internal investigations, operational compliance, regulatory risk management, hedge fund due diligence, marketing and investor relations, employment and compensation matters, and routine business matters. For more information please visit us at: http://www.colefrieman.com/.
Karl Cole-Frieman can be reached at 415-352-2300.
Bart Mallon can be reached directly at 415-868-5345.