ProfessionalsLaura T. Schnaidt
Laura Schnaidt is counsel in the Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Private Funds Group. Laura’s practice focuses on the formation and operation of a variety of private investment funds, including private equity funds, credit funds, hedge funds, hybrid funds, direct lending funds, real estate funds, funds-of-funds, funds-of-one and separately managed accounts. She also regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance issues related to SEC regulations.
Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Laura spent over five years as in-house counsel at various multibillion-dollar private fund managers, including most recently as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Blue Torch Capital. During her time in-house, Laura oversaw all legal, compliance and regulatory issues, including creating best-in-class compliance programs and dealing with regulators (including the SEC). She was also responsible for negotiating private investment transactions, designing and managing cybersecurity and ESG programs, monitoring contractual obligations and private funding rounds, and working with investors and investment professionals on a variety of operational, legal and transactional areas.
While in-house, Laura developed a deep understanding of capital raises, tax and ERISA structuring, global regulatory considerations, investor negotiations, co-investment arrangements and structures, topics arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, public trading and MNPI issues, trade documentation, and class action shareholder litigation and litigation funding.
During law school, Laura completed a legal externship with the Asset Management Unit, Private Funds Unit, of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.
Laura is the founder of Women in Funds, a social and philanthropic community for female leaders working in the private investment funds industry, including hedge, private equity, venture, credit, crypto and real estate funds. Laura is also a member of the Private Investment Funds Committee for the NYC Bar Association.