Joseph A Smith is a partner in the investment management group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Joe’s practice focuses on the formation and operation of private equity funds, as well as private equity transactions, real estate capital markets and REITs. He represents US and international private equity fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with fund formation, the acquisition and disposition of portfolio investments and the implementation of exit strategies. In this capacity, he advises clients on securities, governance, ERISA, Investment Advisers Act and structural issues. Joe has extensive experience with all alternative asset classes, including venture capital and later-stage growth equity investments, leveraged buyouts, mezzanine investments, real estate ventures and opportunity funds, as well as secondary investments and funds of funds.