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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 has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer every year since 2016 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


Building Consensus: Engaging Partners Around Change
Speaker, The 27th Annual Marketing Partner Forum, Thomson Reuters, January 2020

Compensation Issues and Considerations with respect to Operating and Partnership Agreements
Speaker, Private COO/CFO Conference, June 2019

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

Emerging Manager Panel
Speaker, JonesTrading 2018 Service Provider Summit, November 2018

Essentials for Funds to Launch and Grow in Today's Environment
Speaker, KPMG, October 2018

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

Aligning the Stars: Collaborative Management Strategies in Lawyer Compensation
Speaker, The 25th Annual Marketing Partner Forum, Thomson Reuters, January 2018

The Dangers of Insider Trading – A Cautionary Tale and the legal and compliance perspectives
Moderator, resented by Kleinberg Kaplan and Duff & Phelps, January 2018

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

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

Legal & Regulatory Update
Speaker, Credit Suisse Prime Services Leadership Conference, March 2017

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

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

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

Follow The Right Path When Growing Your Fund
Speaker, Cantor Fitzgerald and EisnerAmper, 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
Speaker, Thomson Reuters, 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
Speaker, Thomson Reuters, January 2015

Year End Update
Moderator, Presented by Rothstein Kass & Kleinberg Kaplan, November 2013

Starting or Growing a Hedge Fund
Speaker, Presented by EisnerAmper, November 2013

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

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

Hedge Fund Compensation Practices Conference
Speaker, Presented by UBS, 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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