Karen Boyer is a former hedge-fund executive who studied art history at the Sorbonne and later turned her love of New York’s galleries and emerging art scene into a successful art advisory business, Elements in Play. Working with both beginning and experienced collectors, Karen facilitates the development and refinement of her clients’ styles and tastes through her expertise in the art market and knowledge of blue-chip and emerging artists. She is sought after for her skill in successfully blending both scholarship and investment in building an art collection. A background in finance and law gives her familiarity and comfort in working with high-net-worth buyers and sellers. Karen has been featured and interviewed in publications covering the market, including The New York Times, Barron’s, Private Asset Management, Worth, artnet News and Artspace. Karen is based in New York City and covers the market internationally.
Amelia K. Brankov is Counsel to the Litigation Group and the Art Group, focusing on commercial dispute resolution, intellectual property law and art law.
Ms. Brankov represents businesses and executives in the advertising, art, entertainment, fashion and media industries, resolving disputes over copyrights, trademarks, motion picture rights, right of publicity claims and false advertising claims. Additionally, she serves as outside general counsel to art galleries, antiquities dealers, art advisors, and conservators.
Ms. Brankov also has extensive experience in legal malpractice, financial, corporate and insurance coverage and liability cases. She has appeared in federal and state trial and appellate courts around the country and has represented clients in mediations and arbitrations nationwide.
Ms. Brankov received her JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law (2002), where she was a member of the Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. She also has an LLM degree with first-class honors from the University of Cambridge, Clare Hall (2006). She holds a BA in Government from the University of Texas (1999, highest honors). Ms. Brankov is admitted to practice in New York and Texas.
Yehuda M. Braunstein practices in the firm’s Financial Services, Family Office and Corporate Groups. Mr. Braunstein’s practice focuses on investment funds, securities, family offices, joint ventures, regulatory compliance and investment advisers. He regularly structures and organizes hedge funds, private equity funds (including real estate, distressed and lending funds), funds of funds, separately managed accounts and hybrid funds. Additionally, he advises private fund managers on structure, compensation, employment and investor issues, and other matters relating to management companies. Mr. Braunstein also counsels family office clients in connection with all aspects of their operations, including formation and structuring, governance and compensation matters, transactional and day to day advisory work, as well as compliance issues. He also structures and negotiates seed investments, joint ventures and operating agreements. Mr. Braunstein’s practice also involves providing ongoing advice to investment advisers on securities law issues, including SEC filings, counseling clients in SEC regulatory and compliance matters, as well as conducting mock audits.
Prior to joining Sadis & Goldberg, Mr. Braunstein was Special Counsel in the Investment Management Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel where he represented numerous private investment managers and various types of investment funds and an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton where he primarily represented private equity funds and their investment advisers.
- Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1999, magna cum laude; Senior Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review)
- Touro College (B.S. in Accounting, 1994, summa cum laude)
- New York
- “Will Jewish Prisoners be Boerne Again? Legislative Responses to Boerne v. Flores,” 66 Fordham L. Rev. 2333 (1998)
Corporate, Financial Services, Family Office
Henry Bregstein is the global co-chair of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Financial Services practice and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Henry is frequently mentioned in the media and lauded by clients and colleagues alike for his work representing fund clients. He has been recognized by a number of hedge fund and investment industry rankings and publications, including Chambers Global and Chambers USA, where clients commented that he is “commercially driven and technically strong,” has “a wealth of experience in hedge fund matters,” and is “one of the smartest lawyers in the business.” Henry also was recognized by The Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for Investment Funds. Additionally, he was named the “Distinguished Business Law Practitioner in Residence” at Widener University Commonwealth Law School and serves on the advisory board of Mercury iFunds™.
Largely considered an innovator in his field, Henry holds two patents and has one patent application pending. He was granted a patent for a multi-level leverage account structure, allowing multiple classes of investors with differing leverage objectives to establish an investment structure that takes advantage of both the master-feeder structure and the reverse master feeder structure. Henry’s pending patent application involves a taxdeferred fund (TDF) in which variable annuities and life insurance policies can be sold as hedge funds (or private equity funds) with income tax deferment or elimination. Private Placement Insurance and Variable Annuities Related to his private placement insurance and annuities practice, Henry advises US and non-US hedge and private equity funds and their advisers and principals, life insurance companies, banks, broker-dealers, insurance-dedicated fund platforms, high net worth individuals, other law firms, registered investment advisers (RIAs), wealth advisory firms and family offices on regulatory, securities, insurance, tax, finance, licensing, corporate and other legal matters. Henry provides guidance on fund formation and regulatory compliance and advice related to domestic and offshore insurance-dedicated hedge funds and funds of funds (IDFs), IDF platforms and TDF platforms—including those related to bank-owned (BOLI), corporate-owned (COLI) and insurance company-owned (iCOLI) life insurance products. In this capacity, he counsels clients on the structure and documentation of IDFs (including on diversification under section 817(h) of the US internal Revenue Code, the “investor control doctrine” issues and other tax matters), privately placed variable life insurance (PPLI) and annuities (PPVA), insurance-dedicated swaps (IDSs) and on other
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Education JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, magna cum laude BA, University of Pennsylvania
Bar Admissions New York
insurance-related products, as well as on regulatory matters such as compliance with state and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules concerning the offer and sale of PPLI/PPVA.
Stephen M. Breitstone leads the 24 attorney Private Wealth & Taxation Group at the firm. His practice focuses upon high net worth clients and their businesses, with a special emphasis on real estate. His clients include private domestic and international real estate owners and developers, closely held businesses, public companies, private equity funds, trusts, estates and charitable organizations. Stephen has the rare combination of skills as a transactional income tax attorney and as an estate planner. This combination enables him to effectively advise his private clients on their individual needs and those of their businesses. Stephen also serves as general counsel and financial and business advisor to a number of clients.
Stephen currently teaches as an adjunct professor a course in Tax and Business Planning for Real Estate Transactions at Cardozo Law School.