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Richard L. Shamos is Counsel in the Firm’s Financial Services Group. He has extensive experience advising financial services companies on the formation and distribution of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, fund of funds and registered funds. Mr. Shamos also has expertise in cases involving hedge fund fraud.

Prior to joining the law firm, Mr. Shamos was Director of International Legal at AllianceBernstein L.P.  While at AllianceBernstein, he 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. He has experience with Luxembourg, Irish and Cayman-based companies, including UCITS and AIFs, and has advised on regulatory and compliance concerns with the distribution of funds in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Mr. Shamos has counseled investment advisers and financial services companies on a variety of transactions, including complex cross-border fund mergers, corporate acquisitions, fund restructurings and asset-backed securitizations. In addition, he has advised companies in connection with international regulatory issues, including the conversion of alternative funds to AIFs, the structuring of multi-manager and multi-strategy products, cross-border regulatory compliance and tax planning.

Before joining AllianceBernstein, Mr. Shamos was an associate at Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP in the Investment Management practice, where he advised on the formation of hedge funds and private equity funds, and at Clifford Chance US LLP in the Structured Products and Derivatives practice.

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