Michael D. Saarinen, partner and Co-chair, Fund Formation & Structuring, has been recognized by Lexology’s Client Choice Awards in the Private Funds category. Saarinen, who joined the firm in October, is the sole attorney to have received this honor each of the past four years.

Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that 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' business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel.

One client interviewed by Lexology about Saarinen commented: “Michael is well-versed in the technical aspects of investment funds and the relevant regulatory bodies that govern these operations, but also has a practical business approach, offering commercial insight and practical business advice in addition to his technical expertise.”

Another client noted: “Michael is unquestionably one of the most engaged and client-oriented lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with. He is constantly eager to learn more about our business and always possesses a keen understanding of our primary commercial objectives in any engagement.”

This year, Saarinen was also recognized again by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) as a Thought Leader in the categories of Private Funds—Formation 2024 and Private Funds— Regulation 2024.  For over nearly two decades WWL has used the recommendations of clients and private practitioners to pick out the leading experts in a wide range of practice areas around the world.

Saarinen is a recognized leader in the investment management community, with over two decades of experience advising U.S. and global fund sponsors and principals on the structuring and formation of private investment funds and related advisory businesses. Frequently working with or opposite the full spectrum of private fund investors, including family offices, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and public companies, his practice focuses on the establishment and operation of funds across all major asset classes and strategies, including buyout, growth equity, venture capital, real estate, hedge, credit, distressed debt, special situations, and fund-of-funds. His representations also include specialized arrangements such as separately managed accounts, co-investment vehicles, single-asset funds, exchange funds, rated note feeder funds, hybrid funds, and other innovative products and services.

About Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Lowenstein Sandler is a national law firm with over 350 lawyers based in New York, Palo Alto, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington, D.C. The firm represents leaders in virtually every sector of the global economy, with particular emphasis on investment funds, life sciences, and technology. Recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit and high standard of client service, the firm is committed to the interests of its clients, colleagues, and communities.