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Michael Saarinen is a recognized leader in the investment management community, with over two decades of experience advising U.S. and global fund sponsors and principals on the structuring and formation of private investment funds and related advisory businesses. Michael’s practice focuses on the establishment and operation of funds across all major asset classes and strategies, including buyout, growth equity, venture capital, real estate, hedge, credit, distressed debt, special situations, and fund-of-funds. His representations also include specialized arrangements such as separately managed accounts, co-investment vehicles, single-asset funds, exchange funds, rated note feeder funds, hybrid funds, and other innovative products and services.
In addition, Michael counsels sponsors on key legal and business matters, including investment management M&A, lift-outs, spin-outs, seeding arrangements, strategic initiatives, and complex regulatory issues. He also advises clients on internal management company arrangements such as governance, compensation, talent acquisition, employment, separation, and succession planning.
Michael frequently works with or opposite the full spectrum of private fund investors, including family offices, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and public companies.
Prior to joining Lowenstein, Michael was a partner in the investment funds practice of another leading New York law firm. Earlier in his career, he served as general counsel and chief compliance officer of a global investment advisory firm.
Michael has represented a number of pro bono clients in financial matters. In 2021, he advised The Nature Conservancy in the world’s largest debt restructuring for marine conservation to date.