Brian Davis, Legal Recruitment Services New York

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Panel Offers Perspectives on Internal Compensation Arrangements for Investment Professionals (Part One of Two) March 23, 2018 A recent program hosted by Brian T. Davis and Dimi... Read More
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I am the global leader in bespoke legal recruiting in financial services, being credited as the first recruiter to focus on the hedge fund and private equity fund spaces and creating our financial services practice. I develop long-term relationships with my candidates and have changed their lives, both financially and emotionally, by providing guidance and advice inside and outside the search process.

Brian T. Davis, Partner, handles lateral partner recruiting as well as in-house searches for financial services clients and law firms. He is particularly skilled in private equity, hedge fund, corporate, corporate finance, capital markets, compliance and tax searches for major financial institutions, broker-dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and law firms, domestically and internationally. In addition to his work in the United States, Brian has extensive experience with international firms in London, the European Union, and the Middle East.

Brian is an active member of the Board of Trustees of an all girls' school in the Bronx, N.Y.

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Brian has been involved in the New York legal community for many years. He has served as general counsel to a publicly held Internet company and was a senior partner in a mid-sized New York law firm specializing in corporate, finance, tax, and securities law. He also served as that firm's hiring partner for several years. Brian became a legal recruiter in 1998 and joined Major, Lindsey & Africa three years later.


Brian placed the general counsel at many asset management companies. Included among those firms are:

  • Texas Pacific Group
  • Fortress Investment Group
  • D.E. Shaw & Co.
  • AEA Investors
  • Cowen & Company
  • H/2 Capital
  • Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Co.
  • TPG Growth
  • Bain (Asia)
  • The Church Pension Group
  • Maverick Capital
  • Commonfund
  • Pointstate Capital
  • Evercore Wealth Management
  • Blue Ridge Capital
  • GTCR Golder Rauner
  • Evercore Capital Markets
  • Alden Global Capital
  • The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Footbal ("CONCACAF")
  • Acorn Advisory Capital
  • Pergamon Capital
  • Think Equity Partners
  • Illumina
  • Gatehouse Media
  • Aircastle Investments
  • Logan Circle Partners

He has also placed:

  • Chief Legal Officer at TPG-Axon Capital
  • A partner at Cheyne Capital in London
  • Deputy General Counsel at Fortress Investments, AEA Investors, and Bank of America
  • Associate General Counsel at AIG Investments, TPG Capital, Providence Equity Partners, Magnetar Capital, Warburg Pincus, Fidelity Investments, Bain Capital, Tower Brook Capital Partners, J.C. Flowers & Co., Bank of America, Credit Suisse, CIT Capital, Newcastle Partners, Fortress Investments, Viking Global, GSC Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, D&B Corporation, TPG Special Situation Partners, New York Life Investment Management, Angelo Gordon, Ospraie Management, Honeywell, Sandell Asset Management, a major Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund, and many others
  • Chief Compliance Officers at Baupost Group, H/2 Capital, a major sovereign wealth fund, and many hedge and private equity funds
  • A portfolio analyst at Marin Capital
  • Brian also handled high-level searches for Glenview Capital Management, Octagon Capital, Blue Ridge Capital, and some of the world's largest family offices and sovereign wealth funds.

Brian has worked with global law firms in New York, London, Brussels, Frankfurt, San Francisco, and many other cities.  He has placed partners and counsel in the following international law firms: 

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Fried Frank
  • Kaye Scholer
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Mayer Brown
  • McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Paul Weiss
  • Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Proskauer
  • Sidley Austin
  • Winston & Strawn


New York University School of Law: LL.M. (in taxation)

Brooklyn Law School: J.D.

Fordham University: B.A.


Admitted to practice in New York and California