Hedge Fund Lawyers

In-House Hedge Fund Lawyers Review Files

Hedge fund lawyers provide a variety of legal services to hedge funds—ranging from assistance with fund formation and intellectual property, to regulatory compliance and securities regulation, tax and real estate issues, and litigation and dispute resolution. They work directly for hedge funds, as well as for the hedge fund practices of law firms. Others work for fund investors (e.g., endowment funds, high-wealth individuals, pension plans, and family trusts).

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Associates, Attorneys, Chief Legal Officers, General Counsels, Managing Attorneys
Duties Advise hedge fund firms regarding issues such as fund formation, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, tax and real estate issues, and litigation
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York City; Chicago; Greenwich, CT; Boston; San Francisco; Dallas; Stamford, CT; and in other cities with large financial sectors
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Speech
Experience Internship in alternative assets highly recommended for entry-level positions; chief legal officers need five to 10 years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Financial
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • General Counsel
  • Managing Attorney
  • Associate

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