LIZ SCHUBERT co-chairs Sidley’s OTC Derivatives Industry group and is a member of Sidley’s Investment Funds practice group, in addition to being a member of the firm’s FinTech industry group. She is widely recognized as a leader in her field, including listing as one of the world’s top lawyers in Private Funds by Who’s Who Legal since 2018. Liz’s clients include some of the world’s leading investment managers. She advises them on matters related to all types of trading relationships, including brokerage, digital assets, swaps, stock lending, futures, options, repos, and derivatives. Liz works closely with clients to help optimize profitability and manage key risks related to issues like counterparty default, leverage and liquidity, operational risks, and limiting breaches that can result in default and liquidation. She uses this knowledge to every client’s advantage in setting realistic goals and achieving commercial, efficient results. Liz spends a significant amount of time advising investment management clients investing in digital assets and cryptocurrencies. Liz helps clients adapt their approach to traditional financial assets into new mental models for assessing risk and understanding blockchain products. Liz’s 20 years of experience in traditional derivatives and trading markets informs her perspective as she partners with clients developing new products associated with digital assets. This entails counseling digital asset venture funds structuring derivatives and options contracts to enhance and hedge exposures to digital tokens issued by early-stage blockchain companies.
Liz’s clients are global in scope. They range from high-profile startup managers to multi-billion dollar hedge fund managers, many of whom have been her clients for ten years or longer. This long history of working with a rich and diverse client base gives Liz a unique perspective on the terms top-flight clients seek and obtain in their trading agreements.
Since many of the legal issues affecting trading contracts are interdisciplinary, Liz works closely with her Sidley colleagues in related practice areas like Sidley’s global FinTech and Blockchain, Securities Enforcement and Regulatory, Global Finance, Banking and Financial Services, Employee Benefits, and Tax.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Liz has been recognized as one of the world’s top lawyers in Private Funds by Who’s Who Legal since 2018.
Sidley’s award-winning Investment Funds group provides top-tier service to all aspects of the private funds industry. Chambers USA awarded the group top band rankings in Hedge Funds every year since 2008. Sidley has also been named “Law Firm of the Year” in Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law 2022 in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”.