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Sadis & Goldberg LLP – Best North American Law Firm

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Sadis & Goldberg LLP is one of New York's leading financial services focused law firms. Known both domestically and internationally as a dominant force in the financial services sector, Sadis & Goldberg serves clients throughout the world and was recently ranked as one of the top five law firms for hedge fund launches in the 2016 Preqin Global Hedge Fund Report. 

The Financial Services Group is headed up by partner Ron Geffner and comprised of 13 attorneys that have each spent a significant amount of their career practicing in the private fund space, providing a compelling roster of seasoned legal advisers. 

They routinely handle a diverse range of enquiries providing legal counsel to over 800 funds including domestic and international financial institutions, family offices, hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds and commodity pools. 

All of the attorneys in the group embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of the firm. "At Sadis & Goldberg, we see ourselves as businessmen practicing law. We actively involve ourselves with and often assist our clients in the development of their businesses," comments Geffner.

The firm's client base is dynamic and comprised of all sizes, backgrounds and investment sectors. This client base represents a significant percentage of the whole private fund industry's market share, providing the firm with a usual awareness of current market behaviours, favoured commercial terms and other industry trends. 

This unique access to current market information allows the firm to advise their clients with both experience legal counsel and timely business intelligence. The firm is regularly called upon by its clients and other third parties to opine on such trends and often participates in or hosts industry events where the firm, its clients and colleagues, and other market participants can exchange their collective observations and perspectives. 

Sadis & Goldberg takes pride in their collegiate team-oriented environment. Client matters are assigned to lawyers of appropriate seniority with the necessary partner supervision. 

Unlike many of their competitors, Sadis' lawyers are remunerated by performance rather than billings and collections alone. This model provides the following advantages to their clients: (i) direct access to the partners; and (ii) partners delegate the work to the appropriate level to ensure the work is done cost-efficiently. The firm places significant emphasis on training and teamwork within their group structure, thus ensuring a consistent quality to their clients.

Because of the Sadis & Goldberg's market leading practice in financial institutions and investment funds, the firm refers an exceptional number of mandates to other professionals globally. 

"We enjoy very strong relationships with leading offshore legal counsel and other professionals in leading international centres of onshore and offshore finance, such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Luxembourg, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, Malta, Mauritius, Cyprus and Hong Kong. Further, by virtue of representing several hundred alternative investment vehicles with investment managers domiciles throughout the world, our market share give us a unique perspective on the global investment funds industry," states Geffner.

On winning this year's global award, Geffner comments: "We are thrilled that Hedgeweek has recognised Sadis & Goldberg LLP as the Best North American Law firm. It is an honour to be recognised by industry professionals as the leading financial services law firm.

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