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Kleinberg Kaplan Receives High Marks from Clients in Latest Edition of The Legal 500: United States

Firm News | June 17, 2021 | Hedge Funds | Investor Activism

New York, June 17, 2021 – Premier boutique law firm Kleinberg Kaplan was recognized in the latest edition of The Legal 500: United States for its Hedge Funds and Investor Activism practices.

The Hedge Funds practice was celebrated for advising a wide range of fund managers on large capital commitment facilities, as well as spin-outs and set-up issues for new managers. Practice group chair Eric Wagner was noted for his representation of family offices and partners Jamie Nash and Jason Grunfeld were commended for their experience with capital-raising structures and for having handled much of the firm’s recent start-up and emerging manager work, respectively.

Clients described the firm’s Hedge Funds attorneys as “outstanding,” with one client saying it was so pleased that it “decided to use KKWC on all of our fund work going forward.” Another client called the group “incredibly responsive and engaging” and added, “I feel like they are part of our team.” Associate Rita Fitch was praised by clients for her “work ethic, responsibility, and professionalism” while another testimonial stated, “I really don’t think there is a law firm out there that compares.”

Kleinberg Kaplan’s Investor Activism practice was also recognized with editors lauding its representation of prolific as well as first-time activists in shareholder engagements and proxy fights. Group chair Christopher Davis was commended by clients for “exquisite judgment and calm demeanor that are invaluable in the heat of the battle.”

“If shareholder activism is war, Kleinberg Kaplan is a hydrogen bomb,” said one client. Other testimonials for the Investor Activism practice placed it at “the top tier of advisors to activist funds, in both formation as well as activism campaigns” with “experience, professionalism, and raw talent [that] is unparalleled.”

“Lawyers across our firm regularly receive praise from our clients recognizing their sophisticated work product and high quality representation. Receiving this formal acknowledgement by The Legal 500: United States, as well as other publications, honors all of the firm’s lawyers for their legal acumen and dedication to our clients’ success,” said Andrew Chonoles, Kleinberg Kaplan Managing Partner.

The Legal 500 reviews the performance of a firm or department through both qualitative and quantitative analysis, contacting more than 300,000 clients for feedback on the lawyers they instruct. Of the 31 law firms that received recognition across the Hedge Funds and Investor Activism categories, Kleinberg Kaplan was the only boutique law firm included in the 2021 rankings – another milestone achievement as the firm celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall.

In addition to The Legal 500, Kleinberg Kaplan and its attorneys have been recognized in numerous other industry outlets, including Chambers USAIFLR1000 and U.S. News & World Report’s  “Best Law Firms,” among others. The firm was also ranked as a top legal advisor catering solely to activist investors both globally and in the United States in Bloomberg’s 2020 Global Activism Market Review.

About Kleinberg Kaplan

Described as “Wall Street’s best-kept secret” (The Legal 500: United States), Kleinberg Kaplan is a premier boutique law firm that provides practical, business-minded legal counsel to investors, entrepreneurs and other industry leaders. With a national and international reputation for representation of private funds, the firm serves an impressive roster of clients, including investment funds and companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as a wide variety of real estate investors, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. Kleinberg Kaplan provides a full-service platform that combines extensive Big Law experience with the personalized attention of a boutique firm, true teamwork and an entrepreneurial culture attuned to investments, building businesses and transforming ideas into successful companies. To learn more please visit