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Richard L. Shamos is Counsel in the Firm’s Financial Services Group. Mr. Shamos advises financial services firms on the structuring and distribution of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, registered funds and sub-advised products. Mr. Shamos specializes in bespoke investment fund structures involving alternative asset classes, cross-border fund structuring and distribution, and international taxation and securities law issues.

Mr. Shamos has extensive experience with the operation and design of U.S. partnership vehicles, as well as European and offshore fund structures, including Luxembourg, Irish, Dutch, Cayman, BVI and Bermuda-based companies. He has also advised companies in connection with international regulatory issues, including UCITS fund structuring, the conversion of alternative funds to AIFs, the structuring of multi-manager and multi-strategy products, and cross-border regulatory compliance arising from the distribution of funds in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

In addition, Mr. Shamos has counseled investment advisers and financial services companies on a variety of transactions, including cross-border fund mergers, corporate acquisitions, securities offerings, fund restructurings and asset-backed securitizations. Mr. Shamos has also advised banks and investment managers in connection with bankruptcy law, regulatory enforcement and securities litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shamos was Director of International Legal at AllianceBernstein, where advised on the development of new investment products for the firm’s international funds platform, including equity, fixed-income and multi-asset funds, as well as fund of funds and multi-manager fund structures. Mr. Shamos previously was an associate at Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP and at Clifford Chance US LLP in New York.

Mr. Shamos is a classically trained pianist, is fluent in German and also speaks Spanish.


  • Columbia University’s School of Law (J.D.)
  • Vassar College (B.A. with honors)


  • New York

Practice Areas

Financial Services