David Schwartz is a corporate partner and Head of the Investment Management Group and a leader in the firm’s Alternative Asset and Secondary Investments Group. He is also a member of the Private Equity Group. Mr. Schwartz represents sponsors of, and institutional investors in, private investment funds, including buyout, emerging markets, funds of funds, infrastructure, real estate and venture capital funds, as well as separate and other managed accounts. He also advises sponsors and investors in connection with complex secondary transactions, including traditional sales and purchases of fund interests, listed fund transactions, secondary direct transactions, “manager for hire” arrangements, synthetic secondaries, “stapled” primary and secondary transactions and fund recapitalizations and restructurings. Mr. Schwartz represents numerous private equity clients, including Capital International, Ford Foundation, HarbourVest Partners, Morgan Stanley, Och-Ziff Capital Management and major sovereign wealth funds.
Mr. Schwartz is recommended as a leading funds lawyer by Chambers Global (2020) and Chambers USA (2020), where sources have noted that he is “very smart,” “a very detail-oriented, very pragmatic person who provides sound advice,” and that he is “excellent at recognizing what is reasonable to push for and isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved.” He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 US (2020) and included in its Hall of Fame. Mr. Schwartz is listed in the IFLR1000 (2020) and Who’s Who Legal Private Funds: Formation, Law Business Research (2017).
Mr. Schwartz’s publications include “Private Equity’s Long Tail – Considerations For Private Equity Managers And Investors Facing Fund Life Extensions,” Credit Suisse Group AG (January, 2015) and “Acquiring Listed Funds of Funds,” Secondaries Investor (October, 2014).
Mr. Schwartz attended the University of Michigan where he received his J.D magna cum laude in 1979 and his A.B. with high distinction in 1975.