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551 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10176




Jason Grunfeld is the Head of Business Development for Kleinberg Kaplan and focuses his practice on the financial services industry. Jason advises private investment funds as well as registered and unregistered investment advisers on regulatory and strategic issues related to their formation, structure and operation. He structures agreements among the principals of management companies as well as helps the firm's clients with marketing agreements, investor presentations and advises them on general securities matters. Jason also drafts and negotiates seed deals and strategic investments as well as side letters. In addition, he deals with employment issues, including drafting employment agreements and termination/separation agreements for executives, both within the financial services area as well as in other sectors.

Jason was named a New York Metro Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017 and was also recognized in the 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal in the “Private Funds” category.


George Washington University (J.D., 2001)
University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1998)


2002, New York


“Divergent Designs: The New Responsibilities of the Relationship Partner - Part II,” The 26th Annual Thomson Reuters Marketing Partner Forum, speaker, January 2019

“Emerging Manager Panel,” JonesTrading 2018 Service Provider Summit, speaker, November 2018

"Essentials for Funds to Launch and Grow in Today's Environment," Presented by KPMG, speaker, October 2018

"Structuring, Tax & Regulation," Emerging Manager Forum New York 2018, speaker, April 2018

"Investment Funds: Hot Topics," AIMA Fund Manager Training Session, speaker, October 2017

"Issues to Consider when Negotiating Vendor Contracts," Private COO/CFO Seminar, speaker, September 2017

“Legal & Regulatory Update,” Credit Suisse Prime Services Leadership Conference, speaker, March 2017

"The Road Not Taken: Assessing Competitive Threats to Firm Differentiation," The 24th Annual Marketing Partner Forum, Thomson Reuters, speaker, January 2017

"The Art of the Seed Deal," presented by Kleinberg Kaplan and EisnerAmper, speaker, January 2017

“Legal & Compliance – Setting Up For Success,” Bloomberg Hedge Fund Startup Conference, speaker, October 2016

“Follow The Right Path When Growing Your Fund,” presented by Kleinberg Kaplan, Cantor Fitzgerald and EisnerAmper, speaker, June 2016

"Employment Related Disputes," Private COO/CFO Conference, moderator, June 2016

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Investing in Junior Partners for Business Development," The 23rd Annual Marketing Partner Forum: Transforming Value into Profitability, Thomson Reuters, speaker, January 2016

"Legal - Getting It Right From The Start," Bloomberg Hedge Fund Startup Conference, speaker, September 2015

"Employee Compensation & Restrictive Covenants: The Structures & Pitfalls to Consider," GAIM Ops Cayman, speaker, April 2015

"Starting a Hedge Fund," presented by SS&C, speaker, February 2015

“Stormy Weather: The Law Firm Rainmaker Redefined,” The 22nd Annual Law Firm Marketing Partner Forum: Building Collaborative Strategies Across the Firm and with Clients, Thomson Reuters, speaker, January 2015

“Year End Update,” presented by Rothstein Kass & Kleinberg Kaplan, moderator, November 2013

“Starting or Growing a Hedge Fund,” presented by EisnerAmper, speaker, November 2013

"Taxageddon 2013," presented by Merrill Lynch and Kleinberg Kaplan, moderator, October 2012

Operational risk and employment issues for hedge funds - Roundtable, presented by Kinetic Partners, speaker, March 2010

“Hedge Fund Compensation Practices Conference,” presented by UBS, speaker, June 2009


To Seed or Not to Seed,” EisnerAmper Asset Management Intelligence (Q1 2017)


New York City Bar Association

Texas Hedge Fund Association

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