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Zinovy is responsible for business development and acquisition activities focused on identifying high-quality RIAs to join the Focus partnership. Zinovy also works closely with several Focus partner firms providing strategic guidance and support on organic and acquisition-based growth initiatives.
Prior to joining Focus, Zinovy was a Vice President with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. (KBW), a top-ranked M&A boutique focused on financial institutions. At KBW, Zinovy worked in the investment banking division where he executed numerous M&A, equity and debt transactions. Additionally, Zinovy worked in KBW’s private equity arm where he focused on identifying, structuring and executing growth capital investments for financial services firms. Prior to KBW, Zinovy was an Analyst in the investment banking division of UBS covering financial institutions and began his career in a corporate rotation program with Bank One (a predecessor of JPMorgan Chase) having worked in various functions including corporate development, finance and marketing.
Zinovy received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from Lehigh University. Zinovy lives in New York City with his wife and enjoys skiing, traveling and cooking.
Ernest S. Wechsler counsels strategic businesses and private equity and hedge funds in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments and corporate restructurings, as well as in general corporate matters. Mr. Wechsler advises companies in a range of industries, including financial, technology, and manufacturing.
Mr. Wechsler’s recent transactions include representing:
Mr. Wechsler routinely represents private equity funds, hedge funds and other asset managers in joint ventures and investment transactions. His representative clients in these areas include BlackRock and MSD Capital.
Mr. Wechsler has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2011-2015), Chambers Global (2011-2017) and Legal 500 US (2010, 2013-2017). In 2015, Chambers USA said he is “respected by sources for his ability to ‘understand the business aspects of deals in a way that other lawyers don't.’” Legal 500 reported in 2015 that he “stands out” as a “highly experienced adviser.”