Serious Misconceptions and Compensation Structuring Trends in the Legal and Compliance Market (Part One of Two)

The current market for legal and regulatory personnel in the private funds space is incredibly unique. Although demand for legal and compliance personnel is high, there is a significant disconnect between managers looking to hire lawyers and those attorneys interested in taking in-house legal and compliance positions. Both sides are suffering from serious misconceptions, as managers are certain they are in a buyer’s market, while the law firm associates and other lawyers believe they are in a seller’s market. In a recent interview with the Hedge Fund Law Report, David Claypoole, founder and president of Claypoole Executive Search, addressed those and other themes relating to the market for in-house legal and compliance staff. This first article in a two-part series sets forth Claypoole’s detailed insights on legal and compliance hiring trends, as well as ways in-house compensation is being structured. The second article will explore the rates of compensation for in-house personnel and trends with respect to legal and compliance staff at digital asset managers. For additional commentary from Claypoole, see our two-part interview “Is Your Legal and Compliance Team Ready?”: How Recent Developments Will Drive Demand for In-House Staff and Increase Regulatory Scrutiny (Jan. 28, 2021); and The Effect of Industry Trends on the Legal and Compliance Market and Compensation (Feb. 4, 2021); as well as our two-part series: “How Have Industry Developments Affected the Value of Legal and Compliance Staff?” (Feb. 2, 2017); and “Will Industry Deregulation Affect the Value of Legal and Compliance Staff?” (Feb. 16, 2017).

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