Michael S. EmanuelPartner

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Michael Emanuel represents private and public investment funds, commodity advisors, hedge funds, fund sponsors, investment managers, family offices and other financial institutions in legal, regulatory and compliance issues. He advises clients in connection with the structuring and distribution of investment funds and products.

As the former general counsel, chief compliance officer, chief operating officer and senior vice president at leading investment management firms, Michael leverages his experience and in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding financial institutions to provide practical business-minded solutions. He advises clients in matters relating to fund and advisor structuring, formation, executive management, operations and risk, the development of internal compliance programs and best practices, regulatory reviews, relationship and infrastructure management and client and investor contract negotiations.

In addition, Michael has represented issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private offerings and restructurings, and has advised on underwriting and financing agreements, public disclosure documents and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Stroock, Michael worked for nearly 20 years at leading investment management firms, family offices, global banks and other financial services firms. He also served in private practice at an international law firm where he specialized in representing investment advisors, family offices and broker-dealers.

Speeches & Events

Michael regularly speaks at industry events and conferences sponsored by organizations such as HFM Global, Regulatory Compliance Watch, the Regulatory Compliance Association and the Private Funds Committee of the NYC Bar Association.

His most recent engagements include:
  • Moderator, Corporate Counsel’s Hedge Fund General Counsel and Compliance Officer Summit, “Post GDPR: Evaluating Implementation Processes and Considering Lessons Learned,” New York, NY, September 26, 2018
  • Speaker, Financial Planning’s Invest: Innovations in Investing, Saving & Advice Conference, “Customer Acquisition * Growth Strategies * Fueling Customer Acquisition,” New York, NY, July 10-11, 2018
  • Speaker, The Legal Intelligencer’s In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, “Security and Privacy: Assessing Your Organizational Competence and Risk in a Data-Driven World,” Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2018
  • Webinar presenter, Bloomberg’s 30 minutes on KYC and Beyond, “Managing a Regulatory Exam,” June 13, 2018

Admitted To Practice

New York; New Jersey


B.S.B.A., Washington University, 1989

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1995