Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP Welcomes John T. Araneo as Partner to Head New York City Office

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Investment management law firm expands to East Coast

Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, a leading boutique investment management law firm, is proud to announce the opening of its New York City office and the addition of John T. Araneo as partner to the firm. Cole-Frieman & Mallon has maintained a large east coast client base since inception and has continued its expansion based on both the firm’s commitment to client service and its reputation for providing excellent work product swiftly and efficiently. Mr. Araneo has previously worked with a number of prominent New York and east coast based clients with respect to fund formation, structuring and compliance, as well as more generalist matters.

“John’s practical approach to the practice of law within the investment management industry complements our firm’s commitment to client service,” said Bart Mallon, co-founder of the firm. “His generalist background, connections throughout the industry and prior engagements fit well with our firm’s belief that understanding of a client’s business is paramount to tailoring legal services in a practical manner.”

“Cole-Frieman & Mallon has a strong fund formation practice as well as a depth of experience and market knowledge to provide legal solutions for a wide range of financial services matters. While I will continue to focus my practice on formation and structuring matters, the firm’s generalist focus will allow me to provide a wide array of legal services in a variety of settings,” said Mr. Araneo.

Mr. Araneo has more than 17 years’ experience practicing law and serving the investment management and other industries. His practice includes a focus on corporate and transactional work, compliance, employment law issues, litigation/disputes/regulatory proceedings, and other general business issues germane to investment managers and allocators. “We are excited to have John leading the firm’s expansion in New York City and believe his skill-set and reputation will be a strong asset for the firm and accretive to the practice,” added Karl Cole-Frieman, co-founder of the firm.

The firm manages over 70 private fund launches annually and counts among its 600+ clients some of the country’s largest fund managers. Cole-Frieman & Mallon’s office will be centrally located in Manhattan at 535 Fifth Avenue. Mr Araneo is also shortly to host a charity poker tournament to benefit Help the Children on September 21, 2016 at the Yale Club.

About Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP

Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP is a premier boutique investment management law firm, providing top-tier, responsive and cost-effective legal solutions for financial services matters. Headquartered in San Francisco, and with an office in New York City, Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP has an international practice that services both start-up investment managers, as well as multi-billion dollar firms. The firm provides a full suite of legal services to the investment management community, including: hedge fund, private equity fund, venture capital fund, mutual fund formation, adviser registration, counterparty documentation, SEC, CFTC, NFA and FINRA matters, seed deals, hedge fund due diligence, employment and compensation matters, and routine business matters. The firm also publishes the prominent Hedge Fund Law Blog which focuses on legal issues that impact the hedge fund community. For more information please visit us at:

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