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Schulte Roth & Zabel
Schulte Roth & Zabel logo.jpg
Headquarters New York (NY)
Number of Offices 3
Number of attorneys 360
Schulte Roth & Zabel Pay Scale
(all numbers in thousands of dollars)
First year salary180
Second year salary190
Third year salary210
Fourth year salary235
Fifth year salary260
Sixth year salary280
Seventh year salary300
Eighth year salary315
Ninth year salary325
Tenth year salary

Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP (often shortened to "SRZ") is a full service law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and London.

Serving the financial services sector, the firm has approximately 375 attorneys who advise clients on investment management, corporate and transactional matters, as well as providing counsel on regulatory, compliance, enforcement and investigative issues.[1]

The firm represents nearly half of the 100 largest hedge funds and more than 3,000 investment funds globally. The firm's investment management group comprises 80 attorneys focused exclusively on representing investment funds and their managers.

The firm's practices include investment management; regulatory & compliance; securities & capital markets; bank regulatory; business reorganization; distressed investing; distressed debt & claims trading; mergers & acquisitions; employment & employee benefits; environmental; finance; individual client services; intellectual property, sourcing & technology; litigation; real estate; shareholder activism; structured products & derivatives; and tax.[2]


The firm was founded in 1969 by seven attorneys under the age of 35. William D. Zabel, Daniel S. Shapiro and Paul N. Roth met as associates at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Roth had worked on a transaction with Stephen J. Schulte, who was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and through Schulte, the others met Charles Goldstein, also an associate at Fried Frank. Additionally, Schulte connected the group to Thomas Baer, who was in private practice; and John G. McGoldrick, who was a partner at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. Burton Lehman, the eighth partner in the new firm, joined the original seven from Cleary Gottlieb shortly after they opened their doors.[3]

The firm's first name was Baer & McGoldrick.[4] In 1977, the name of the firm was changed to Schulte & McGoldrick following Baer's departure. Following McGoldrick's departure in 1981 to become counsel to then-Governor Hugh Carey, the name of the firm was changed to Schulte Roth & Zabel.[3]

The firm's London office, offering American and English law capabilities, launched in 2002.[5] The firm opened its Washington, D.C. office in 2008.[6]

Practice areas

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Schulte Roth & Zabel's New York headquarters at 919 Third Avenue, New York, NY


Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP has offices in London, New York City (919 Third Avenue), and Washington, D.C.

Recognitions & rankings

Chambers Global ranked SRZ as a Band 1 law firm in Investment Funds (Hedge Funds, Global-wide).[7] Chambers USA recognized SRZ in Investment Funds (Hedge Funds, Nationwide), Capital Markets (Structured Products, Nationwide), Bankruptcy/Restructuring (New York), Corporate/M&A (New York), Real Estate (Mainly Corporate & Finance, New York) and Tax (New York).[2]

It was also named "Best Onshore Law Firm – Client Service" at the HFMWeek US Hedge Fund Services Awards[8] and its hedge fund practice was recognized for its "commercial significance" by the Hedge Fund Insight "The Hedge Fund Hot 100" list in 2013.[9]

Pro Bono

SRZ works on behalf of pro bono clients, including Partners In Health – provision of health care in underdeveloped countries such as Haiti, Peru and Rwanda,[10] The Innocence Project – exonerating the wrongfully convicted,[11] Sanctuary for Families – defending battered women[12] and Hedge Funds Cares – raising money to support abused children.[13] The firm also represents immigrants in asylum cases. The non-litigation support ranges from business transactions to intellectual property, real estate, tax, employment and general corporate matters.[14]

The firm received the 2013 Beacon of Justice Award from The National Legal Aid & Defender Association for its work with the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NYCLU).[15]

Notable representations

The firm advised Albertsons LLC, Cerberus Capital Management LP and the investor group, which includes Kimco Realty Corporation, Klaff Realty LP, Lubert-Adler Partners LP, and Schottenstein Stores Corporation in the $9 billion acquisition the Safeway Inc. SRZ also advised Cerberus Capital Management LP when SUPERVALU INC. unveiled a $3.3 billion deal to sign over its five biggest store chains and a stake in its remaining business to a group of investors led by Cerberus.[16]

The firm represented the joint venture, The Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, in developing Hudson Yards, a $15 billion project, in closing nearly $1.4 billion in equity investments and debt financing for the center's first tower on New York City's West Side.[17]

The firm secured a reorganization plan for Quigley Co. in an asbestos-related Chapter 11 case that discharged at least $5.6 billion of current and future asbestos liability.[18]

The firm represented Wayzata Investment Partners in the formation of Wayzata Opportunities Fund III, which closed with approximately $2.7 billion of committed capital.[19]

The firm represented Marlin Equity Partners in its $891 million all-cash acquisition of Tellabs and also represented Marlin Equity Partners in its acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks' optical networks business to form Coriant.[20]

The firm secured dismissals on behalf of Tullett Prebon plc in a series of lawsuits and data cases brought by affiliates of rival inter-dealer broker BGC Partners Inc.[21]

The firm represented Cerberus Capital Management LP in its sale of Chrysler Financial to TD Bank Group for cash consideration of approximately $6.3 billion. TD Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of TD, acquired Chrysler Financial in the U.S. and Canada.[22] The deal was named the biggest deal of 2010 in The Globe and Mail's list of "Biggest Canadian Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings."[23]

The firm represented the estate of the late philanthropist Jeffry Picower, who was the target of various civil suits,[24] in reaching a landmark settlement with the Department of Justice and the trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC relating to claims arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme. The $7.2 billion settlement allowed Barbara Picower, the executor of her husband's estate, to return all monies her husband received from the Madoff Ponzi scheme and donate the vast bulk of his remaining fortunes to charity.[25]

The firm represented figures connected to the Madoff investment scandal, including J. Ezra Merkin, the financier and money manager targeted in various civil lawsuits by investors and Irving Picard, the trustee of Bernand Madoff Investment Securities LLC.[26]

Notable attorneys

  • Richard A. Davey, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation
  • Beryl A. Howell, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Brian P. Kavanagh, member of the New York State Assembly
  • James M. Peck, Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (retiring)[27]
  • Sung-Hee Suh, Criminal Division Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice [28]
  • Ben Quayle, Member of the United States House of Representatives (former)


  1. Schulte Roth & Zabel Law firm Overview,
  2. 2.0 2.1 Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP,
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harper, Timothy Sprouting Law Firm Keeps Spirit Lively, Legal Times of New York  (April 1984)
  4. Tom Baer,
  5. Schulte Roth & Zabel: New London hires, (April 2013)
  6. Schulte Roth & Zabel to Open Office in D.C., (July 2, 2008)
  7. Investment Funds - Global-wide,
  8. US Hedge Fund Services Awards 2012,
  9. The Hedge Fund Hot 100,
  10. Partners in Health Major Supporters,
  11. New Evidence Suggests Cameron Todd Willingham Prosecutor Deceived Board of Pardons and Paroles About Informant Testimony in Opposition to Stay of Execution,
  12. Sanctuary honored by Schulte Roth & Zabel,
  13. Local Supporters,
  14. Pro Bono,
  15. Beacon of Justice Award Winners Announced Today,
  16. Cerberus in $9 Billion Deal for the Safeway Grocery Chain,
  17. Company of the Month: Schulte Roth & Zabel's real estate group celebrates landmark year: Behind some of New York's significant developments and acquisitions,
  18. Quigley Co.,
  19. Wayzata Investment Partners Closes Fund with $2.716 billion, (May 21, 2013)
  20. Marlin Equity Partners Completes Acquisition of Tellabs, (May 21, 2013)
  21. Schulte Roth Preserves Arbitration Award in Broker Trade Secrets Fight, (November 20, 2013)
  22. Simpson Thacher Reps TD Bank In $6.3B Chrysler Deal, (December 21, 2010)
  23. Mergers are back in a big way, (March 3, 2011)
  24. Brian Baxter, 'Lawsuits Against Picower Will Move Forward,' Am. Law Daily, October 26, 2009. Accessed November 1, 2009.
  25. The Man Behind the $7.2 Billion Madoff Settlement, (December 17, 2010)
  26. Merkin’s Lawyers Are Still Waiting to Be Paid, (March 27, 2009)
  27. Checkler, Joseph Bankruptcy Judges Peck and Gropper to RetireThe Wall Street Journal  (December 17, 2013)
  28. Ensign, Rachel Louise People Moves: Exiger, Justice Department, MilbankThe Wall Street Journal  (September 9, 2014)

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