David Mainzer has been a Partner at Cohen/Mainzer since 2006. Mr. Mainzer is an experienced corporate lawyer, with more than two decades of experience advising clients in the investment management industry. He regularly advises investment managers, wealth managers, hedge fund and other private fund managers, and other industry participants regarding corporate, securities, tax, employment and regulatory compliance and reporting issues. He also publishes the client update section of Cohen/Mainzer’s website, which focuses on legal issues affecting investment advisers and private funds.
Prior to joining Cohen/Mainzer, Mr. Mainzer served as the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., an investment manager with offices in New York, San Francisco and London and $8 billion in assets under management. Mr. Mainzer was responsible for managing all of Amerindo’s legal affairs, including risk management, regulatory compliance, management of outside counsel, and the organization and legal management of the firm’s hedge funds, mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Before joining Amerindo, he served as an Associate at Buchalter Nemer in Los Angeles, where he focused on business transactions and regulatory advice related to the investment management industry. Prior to Buchalter Nemer, Mr. Mainzer was an associate at Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney, where he worked with global investment management firms, to create products for the Australian market, and assisted major banks with their Australian operations.
Mr. Mainzer attended law school at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in accounting. He earned his MBA at Columbia Business School in New York where he graduated first in his class. Mr. Mainzer was admitted to practice law in California in 1997, and in New South Wales in 1994. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army.