Our Attorneys

[subtitle]Simon Riveles, Principal[/subtitle]

Simon represents U.S. and non-U.S. alternative investment funds, including hedge, private equity and venture capital and their respective fund managers and sponsors in all corporate and regulatory matters relating to the structuring, formation, corporate governance and operations of such funds. He provides counsel on numerous issues relating to the formation and on-going operations of alternative investment funds, both domestic and offshore, as well as separately managed accounts. His clients also include SEC and state registered investment advisers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, broker dealers, introducing brokers, and exempt reporting advisers. He has advised numerous funds pursuing and diverse range of strategies, including long-only, equity and option long-short, global macro, real estate, micro-cap, forex, futures, statistical arbitrage, quantitative, multi-strategy, emerging market, sector focused, volatility arbitrage, fixed income, cash advance, real estate tax lien, distressed and start-up companies,

Simon has counseled fund managers, private fund sponsors and institutional investors on a broad range of complex and sophisticated investment management legal issues. He has launched an array of private equity, hedge and hybrid funds, including master-feeders, fund of funds, first-loss funds, multi-class and series LLC funds as well as parallel and stand-alone funds. He has drafted and reviewed an array of documents, including offering memoranda, limited partnership agreements, limited liability company agreements, investment management agreements, subscription agreements, side letter agreements, collateralized loan agreements, third party marketer agreements, employment agreements, licensing agreements, and offshore offering and operational agreements, service provider agreements, convertible note, stock purchase agreements, investor rights agreements, indemnification agreements, and legal opinions, among others.

He has comprehensive knowledge of various compliance issues including Regulation D offerings and other capital raisings, soft dollars, fiduciary duties, performance advertising, general solicitation, new issues, policies and procedures manuals and best practices, employment issues and general corporate and securities matters. He advises on legal issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act, the Investment Company Act, the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Simon is a member of the Bar of New York and a member of the Hedge Fund Association’s government lobbying committee. Simon has lectured on hedge funds and their regulation in a variety of forums most recently at Seton Hall, moderated by Anthony Scaramucci. Simon is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and has practiced corporate and securities law since 1999.

[subtitle]Kaiser Wahab, Counsel[/subtitle]

Kaiser has represented Fortune 500 to startup clients on the range of corporate transactional issues confronting businesses competing in technology, media, brand, and intellectual property driven environments.  Beginning his career with Pryor Cashman, Sherman & Flynn LLP, he later joined Day Pitney LLP, where he handled licensing, trademark/copyright, and contractual issues for companies like Microsoft and UTC. In addition, he clerked at the US Court of International Trade and dealt with multibillion dollar anti-dumping claims involving importation of technology related goods. Kaiser counsels clients on negotiating/drafting technology, content, media agreements, in connection with outsourcing, licensing, contracting, e-commerce, social media, advertising, user relationships and other scenarios.  He negotiates cloud computing and other technology services arrangements on behalf of enterprise customers, and advises clients on privacy and data security. He also advises on corporate structuring, including partnership agreements, equity incentive plans, and investor agreements. Finally, he structures venture capital and investor rounds into early stage technology ventures, brand ventures, and film and media ventures.

He believes that being firmly committed to academia is critical to providing better client service and expanding his knowledge base.  He teaches continuing legal education seminars to other practitioners, including those featured through Lawline.com and New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA).  At NYCLA he was the chair of the Corporate Law Committee and is dedicated to providing access to other knowledgeable practitioners in the realm of corporate governance, litigation, technology via monthly seminars.  He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and adjunct faculty at NYU in the areas of media venture capital and media contracts.

Kasier also believes that legal publishing is key to rendering informed counsel to his clients.  He is published regularly in the New York Enterprise Report on the topics of data privacy, business securities, and other topics.  He has been published in Mashable and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.  In addition, he has spoken at Wikimania at the Harvard Law School, South by Southwest, Columbia University, Widener Law School, the School of Visual Arts, New York Law School, and other venues on law, policy, technology, and other topics that he has written on.

[subtitle]Peter M. Allen, Counsel[/subtitle]
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeter has experience in a broad range of investment and securities law related matters particularly in connection with the regulation of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds, hedge funds and business development companies (“BDCs”). Beginning in 2012, he worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management in the Office of Investment Company Regulation, where he reviewed ETF and mutual fund prospectuses, applications for exemptive orders and other submissions made by ETF and mutual fund applicants along with issues regarding BDCs. He obtained an LLM, specializing in Securities and Financial Regulation, from Georgetown University Law Center and has held Series 7 and 63 Licenses. At Georgetown he focused his studies on initial public offerings, private placements, M&A, hedge fund and mutual fund regulation. Peter is fluent in Japanese.

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