Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1985
magna cum laude
Law Firms With Large Hedge Fund Practices
June 13, 2012 -- Hedge Fund Alert
Herrick, Feinstein is listed among the top 30 firms with significant hedge fund practices. The article indicates that Herrick specializes in "niche strategies such as energy and real estate lending." Irwin Latner is noted as the contact for Herrick.
A Bill to Loosen Hedge Fund Marketing
March 30, 2012 -- The New York Times
Irwin Latner, head of Herrick's hedge fund practice, analyzes a provision in pending legislation that would allow investment firms to market themselves more easily to the public. Irwin takes the position that the change, which is tucked into legislation that would alter the Securities Act of 1933 and which would allow more marketing and advertising by funds, might not represent a massive change because funds and prospective investors have always operated under the notion of caveat emptor.
Legal Mechanics of Converting a Hedge Fund Manager to a Family Office
December 1, 2011 -- The Hedge Fund Law Report
Irwin Latner looks at legal, regulatory, practical and operational reasons that a hedge fund might consider converting to a family office. Irwin says that by restructuring as family offices, the funds can avoid registration in general plus ominous reporting requirements. Irwin adds that managing so-called family money tends to be less stressful than managing capital invested by arms-length investors, which holds particular appeal to previously successful managers who are struggling with unfavorable macro-economic forces.
Hedge fund stars plummet to earth
October 31, 2011 -- Crain's New York Business
Irwin Latner says that recent poor performances may cause some investors to withdraw money from large, name-brand hedge funds, but he says the overall industry will not shrink because those investors are likelier to put their money in other funds rather than in cash or equities. He says the primary difference between the recent drop in fund performances and the drop in 2008 is that, in the earlier one, liquidity was an issue.
Hedge Funds Look To Pare Back Primes
August 9, 2011 -- Traders Magazine.com
Irwin Latner helps examine the phenomenon of hedge funds' consolidating their trading activities with one or two prime brokers, much as they did before the financial collapse in 2008 and 2009. Irwin explains that at the height of the financial crisis, no single bank could be perceived as risk free, and investors demanded that funds use multiple prime brokers. With fear of bank failure abated, the hedge funds -- particularly smaller and mid-sized funds -- scaled back the number of prime brokers, for more efficiency and cost savings.
Smaller Hedge Funds See More Assets Headed Their Way
August 1, 2011 -- Traders Magazine
Irwin Latner says all highly regarded hedge funds -- not just the largest ones -- are attracting an influx of investment dollars. Irwin says that before this trend began, many investors generally considered only funds with a billion or more dollars in assets. This article, which stems from Irwin's appearance as a panelist on hedge fund operations, attributes the shift in large part to the smaller funds' instituting security measures and systems redundancies.
Law Firms With Large Hedge Fund Practices
June 15, 2011 -- Hedge Fund Alert
Our hedge fund practice -- and Irwin Latner's leadership of it -- is included in this publication's listing of 30 law firms nationwide with significant practices in that industry. It notes that as to hedge funds, Herrick specializes in "working with start-ups and mid-sized managers, both onshore and offshore, across all asset classes and strategies" and on operational issues.
SEC Reviews Examiner Credentials
May 4, 2011 -- Hedge Fund Alert
In an article that describes how the SEC is considering instituting a certification process for its examiners who deal with managers of hedge funds, Irwin Latner notes that the quality of examiners has increased over the last year and a half. He adds, however, that because it is dealing with a sophisticated, well-financed industry, the SEC is typically playing catch-up and "fighting yesterday's battles."
Industry Waking Up to CFTC Plan
March 30, 2011 -- Hedge Fund Alert
Irwin Latner discusses the hedge fund industry's last-minute attempts to derail a proposal by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission's plan that would require that many funds register with the CFTC in addition to with the SEC. Irwin says the SEC has tried to keep registration issues simpler for smaller funds, but the CFTC's proposal is burdensome and potentially costly, particularly for smaller, non-institutional funds that engage in limited futures trading.
Federal Probe Prompts Compliance Reviews
December 1, 2010 -- Hedge Fund Alert
In this article about what hedge funds are doing -- and should be doing -- in response to the government's recent activity in enforcing statutes that prohibit insider trading, Irwin Latner says chief compliance officers should dig deeply into the relationship between the funds and independent research networks and how information gleaned from the research is being used in trading.
The HFBOA Newsletter: September 2010 Edition
September 2010 -- Hedge Fund Business Operations Association
Irwin Latner is interviewed and quoted as a panelist in the September 2010 edition of the Hedge Fund Business Operations Association Newsletter, in which he discusses reactions to and expectations for the latest regulatory initiatives affecting hedge funds.
Structuring for launch: Getting of on the right foot
June 2010 -- Hedge Funds Review
Irwin Latner says transparency and liquidity are two key issues for managers to consider when starting a hedge fund. He opines that lock-ups are generally unnecessary in a garden-variety long-short fund, where managers can temporarily halt redemptions during market turbulence anyway. Lock-ups and gating provisions are more appropriate when the fund invests in illiquid investments, such as distressed debt, he says.
Herrick -- Committed to Its Clients' Success
April 2010 -- Corporate INTL
Herrick's Corporate Department is profiled in Corporate INTL's article "Herrick -- Committed to Its Clients' Success." The article highlights the sophisticated transactions Herrick handles and discusses Herrick's commitment to helping clients achieve their goals.
A Pequot Postmortem: What is Headline Risk and How Can it be Avoided or Mitigated?
June 17, 2009 -- The Hedge Fund Law Report
Hedge funds with media-driven image problems -- even those where wrongdoing hasn't been proven or even formally alleged -- face the possibility of increased redemptions and difficulty in recruiting new investors and employees, Irwin Latner says. And unlike most corporations with "headline risk," hedge funds cannot or should not use traditional crisis management techniques, such as apologizing and releasing all relevant facts quickly, he points out.
MassMutual Burned by Madoff
December 22, 2008 -- The Wall Street Journal
Irwin Latner is quoted regarding MassMutual's investments with Bernie Madoff through Tremont Group Holdings, Inc.
Congress’ War on Wealth
July 11, 2007 -- CNBC
Irwin Latner discusses, on live network television, the merits and pitfalls of various levels of government regulation of hedge funds.
Raising The Bar
November 20, 2006 -- Alternative Universe
Irwin Latner is quoted regarding the possibility of raising the limits for hedge fund investors and the likely implications.