In a revealing recent interview with the Hedge Fund Law Report, Jason Wachtel, Managing Partner of JW Michaels, provided detailed insight into the structures and levels of compensation of hedge fund manager general counsels and chief compliance officers. Specifically, Wachtel discussed the “market” for compensation of GCs and CCOs; the role of manager size and candidate experience in determining compensation; compensation of junior legal and compliance personnel; compensation of dual-hatted
employees; how compensation of GCs and CCOs of hedge fund managers compares to the compensation of persons in similar roles at private equity fund managers; the relationship among fund performance, examination experience and compensation; how experience as a regulator or prosecutor affects compensation; investments by GCs and CCOs in the manager’s funds; and GC and CCO reporting lines. See also “Annual Greenwich Associates and Johnson Associates Report Reveals Trends in Compensation of Investment Professionals at Buy-Side Firms
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 48 (Dec. 19, 2013).