Michael Saarinen, a partner in Alston & Bird’s Investment Management Group, has been honored by Lexology as the exclusive winner of its 2020 Client Choice Award for Private Funds in New York.
One of only four private funds attorneys in the United States to receive a Client Choice Award this year, Saarinen is described by his clients as “extraordinarily client focused” and “very knowledgeable on what is going on in the market across all asset classes.” Saarinen’s clients also highlight his “on point legal expertise and ability to think outside the box,” ability to “tailor his work to focus on the areas most important to his clients,” and strength at “articulating all aspects of the case.”
Established in 2005, the Client Choice Awards recognize partners around the world who stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients’ businesses above and beyond other attorneys in their practice area. Uniquely, partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel and are selected based on assessments submitted by clients.
Saarinen represents clients in the asset management industry across a range of key matters —including the establishment of investment management businesses, private fund formation, asset manager acquisitions and joint ventures, spin-outs and restructurings, internal compensation and governance arrangements, and compliance and enforcement.
The 2020 Client Choice Award for Private Funds is the most recent accolade received by Saarinen. He has also been named one of the “30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40” by Private Funds Management and recognized for private fund formation by The Legal 500 United States and Who’s Who Legal.