Our Management Team
RW Law commands a seasoned and experienced professional team, including attorneys, who routinely develop and implement all aspects of private placement offerings (private placement memorandum drafting and preparation, federal and state securities compliance, Regulation D and JOBS Act (crowdfunding) compliance, and deal structure and marketing). Our team adds value not only through deep professional knowledge, but with a host of practical consulting and marketing deliverables designed to enhance our clients' likelihood of success.
Cornell University (B.S., I.L.R. 1996)
Columbia University (J.D., 1999)
Kaiser Wahab is a corporate lawyer (with the law firm of Riveles Wahab LLP ) who has represented Fortune 500 to startup clients on the range of corporate transactional issues confronting businesses with securities and capitalization driven concerns.
Kaiser represents startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies on the range of corporate, venture capital, contract, and intellectual property issues that confront businesses. Beginning his career with Pryor Cashman, Sherman & Flynn LLP, he later joined Day Pitney LLP, where he handled licensing, trademark, copyright, and contractual issues for companies such as Microsoft and UTC. He also clerked at the United States Court of International Trade, where he handled multibillion dollar anti-dumping claims involving importation of technology-related goods.
Kaiser counsels his clients on corporate structuring and securities law, including venture and investor agreements/transactions, formation, and equity incentive plans. He also negotiates and drafts a variety of agreements, including those related to technology, media, outsourcing, licensing, e-commerce, advertising, user relationships and other scenarios. Finally, he regularly negotiates cloud computing and other technology services arrangements, advises on privacy and data security, and structures venture capital and investor rounds for early stage technology, media, and film/TV ventures.
He firmly believes that a commitment to academia is critical to providing better client service and expanding his knowledge base. He frequently teaches continuing legal education seminars to other practitioners, including through Lawline.com and the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA). At NYCLA he served as the chair of the Corporate Law Committee, where he was dedicated to providing access to other knowledgeable practitioners in the realm of corporate governance, litigation, and technology via monthly seminars. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and adjunct faculty at New York University on the subjects of media venture capital and media contracts.
Kaiser has been published in Mashable, the New York Enterprise Report, and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. He has been invited to speak at South by Southwest, the Distributed Computing Industry Association, Wikimania at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, Widener Law School, the School of Visual Arts, New York Law School, and other venues on law, policy, technology, and other topics.
Outside of his legal and academic pursuits, Kaiser is strongly committed to public service. He served on the Board of the Cornell Asian Alumni Association where he worked to leverage Cornell’s infrastructure for community events (including an annual banquet to fund student scholarships) and events geared towards entrepreneurial learning. He also sits on the advisory board for Heart Gallery NYC, a nonprofit organization devoted to placing foster children with families. Kaiser has provided pro bono legal services throughout his career, including to high-profile online and social media driven ventures as a participant in Harvard Berkman Center’s Online Media Legal Network.
- Represented regional HMO in $20MM preferred unit financing.
- Represented pair of founders in $150MM acquisition of online gaming company.
- Represented founder in $50MM acquisition of exchange connectivity company.
- Represented various companies (from mid market to startup) in strategic deals, including licensing and service engagements, with Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, New York Times, Ubisoft, JetBlue, Salesforce and Gallo.
- Represented various startups in seed financings with angel investors, incubators, accelerators, ranging from $25,000 to $400,000.
- Represented various companies in up to $1,000,000 of convertible note financing.
- Represented various entertainment and film production vehicles in equity financing rounds of up to $5,000,000.
- Represented various mid-market companies in private equity financings and debt financings.
- Formed and established myriad startups.
University of Connecticut Law School (J.D., 1999, honors)
Kalamazoo College (B.A., 1995)
Mr. Riveles provides specialized representation (with the law firm of Riveles Wahab LLP) to the alternative investment community including hedge funds, off-shore funds, investment advisers, venture capital and private equity funds, broker dealers and general securities corporate law.
Simon represents alternative investment funds, including hedge, private equity and venture capital funds and their sponsors, managers and investors in a broad range of matters relating to their structuring, formation, corporate governance, operations and regulatory compliance. His clients include SEC and state registered investment advisers, commodity pool operators, broker dealers, and managers based in foreign jurisdictions. Simon is also counsel to a wide range of companies, advisors, funds and issuers in the cryptocurrency space.
Having launched in excess of 300 funds since 2011, he represents funds pursuing a diverse range of liquid and illiquid strategies including cryptocurrency/digital asset, global macro, real estate, micro-cap, forex, futures, statistical arbitrage, multi-strategy, emerging market, sector focused, volatility arbitrage, fixed income, cash advance, real estate tax lien, distressed company, as well as start-up company investments. Simon has broad experience representing issuers in private public offerings under Reg. D and Reg. A including initial coin offerings and other pre-sale token allocations. Simon also advises as to issues related to fund advertising and general solicitation, preparation of policies and procedures manuals, response to SEC and CFTC audits and general corporate and securities matters and routinely advises on legal issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act, the Investment Company Act, the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Simon is the former Chairman of the Hedge Fund Association’s government lobbying committee. He is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and has practiced corporate and securities law since 1999.
- Served as U.S. counsel to SEC registered investment adviser in establishing British Virgin Islands master feeder fund with a global macro value focus.
- Represented former Goldman trader in registering as a CPO with the Commodity Futures and Exchange Commission in connection with structuring his statistical arbitrage fund.
- Represented NYC based manager in forming and structuring first loss multi-strategy hedge fund and negotiation of side letter agreement with third party managers.
- Represented Wisconsin manager in forming and structuring venture capital fund with early stage social media company investment focus.
- Registered investment adviser in Texas and structured his multi-class REIT focused fund where no performance or management fee was payable but manager was compensated with dividends on levered investments.
- Served as US counsel to Hong Kong based manager in established of BVI registered management company and fund with global macro and options focused strategy.
- Represented NYC based manager in establishing fund and investment management entities to pursue volatility arbitrage based investment strategy.
- Represented Louisiana based CPO in connection with claims brought against manager by the CFTC for violations for Commodity Exchange Act.
- Advised client in structuring his investment management company to sell interests to seed investors and protect IP in his proprietary trading technology.
- Structured real estate focused private equity fund focused in student housing with $800 million in target commitments.
- Represented RIA in establishing “hybrid” hedge fund with a private equity fund of funds and liquid investment strategy.
- Represented manager is establishing off-exchange retail forex focused fund.
- Served as U.S. counsel for master feeder fund investing in municipal real estate tax lien obligations.