Jamil French is a securities lawyer whose clients include emerging and established Hedge/Private Equity fund managers and private deal sponsors as well as institutional investors seeking exposure to the late stage pre-IPO “secondaries” market. French began his career as a Wall Street corporate lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and later at Seward & Kissel LLP, where he represented private funds, blue chip companies, investment banks and other institutions. He later served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Sandell Asset Management Corp., a mid-sized, multi-strategy hedge fund manager, and as Director and Senior Counsel at Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company. French has taken away from each of these positions a deep understanding of the challenges facing private fund managers and institutional investors with the ability to help business partners find effective solutions. He received an A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University in 1997 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001. Institutional Investor Magazine named French a 2018 Hedge Fund Rising Star, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association named him a 2015 Rising Star....

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  • Corporate Experience
    • Sandell Asset Management Corp., Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
    • Credit Suisse Securities (USA), Inc., Managing Director and Chief of Staff
    • Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, Director and Senior Counsel






New York
United States Supreme Court


Harvard Law school, J.D., 2001
Princeton University, A.B., 1997

Prior Law Firm Experience

Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP
Seward & Kissel LLP

Practice Areas