The Team

Harry Jho, Partner

Since 2001, Mr. Jho has worked for leading buy and sell-side firms in securities finance. Throughout his career, Mr. Jho has helped define the negotiation posture taken by both hedge funds and banks with respect to key aspects of their prime brokerage and term financing relationships. At Bank of America, Mr. Jho was the lead attorney responsible for Equity Finance transactions (covering Prime Brokerage and Equity Financing Derivatives) and oversaw the Bank’s implementation of its Arranged Finance, Fixed Income PB and Portfolio Margining platforms. Mr. Jho is a frequent speaker on topics relating to derivatives and prime brokerage.

On the sell-side, Mr. Jho has advised major prime brokers in structuring their product platforms and drafted the form of prime brokerage agreement used by many dealers in the business. Mr. Jho has also advised prime brokers on both how to streamline their client on-boarding processes and matters relating to the exercise of default remedies.

On the buy-side, Mr. Jho has helped several major hedge funds implement their documentation strategy with respect to their trading platforms ensuring they have market access during times of crisis.

For the industry, Mr. Jho has drafted the form of Master Confirmation Agreement published by ISDA with respect to various equity swap and option products traded in the US and in Europe, the 2011 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions and the Equity Matrices. Most of the equity confirmation documentation used by the industry today was either drafted by our Firm or uses our language.

Mr. Jho holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with Highest Distinction, from the University of Michigan. He was formerly associated with Davis Polk & Wardwell and was a Principal and Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America. Mr. Jho is the author of An Index of ISDA Terms published in 2007 by ISDA. Mr. Jho is also a member of the bar of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

To learn more about Mr. Jho, you can listen to his appearance on the Live Your Dream podcast. Mr. Jho candidly details the story of his upbringing, career, Harry Jho LLC, as well as his media company, Sockeye Media LLC.

Karl Fey, Director and Senior Analyst

Mr. Fey is a Director with the Firm, where he started in 2008. He specializes in equity derivatives and securities finance, developing negotiation strategies for Funds and Dealer clients, and has worked with industry groups on improving documentation standards. He has been seconded to a leading $10 billion hedge fund, providing on-site support and working directly with Legal, Treasury and Operations to meet KPI metrics and manage documentation for new trading counterparties, PMs and fund launches, and the bulk acquisition of a portfolio of private debt investments. 

He also works with major banks on facilitating customer onboarding through enhanced channel management and integrating with their back-office systems to maintain institutional standards and reduce friction across departments. He is actively involved in industry working groups focused on new technologies and implementation through domain-specific languages that support robust legal contracts. Within Harry Jho LLC, he is responsible for the Firm’s new Analyst training and talent development programs. Mr. Fey is a graduate of New York University.

The Dealer Team

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The Dealer Team at Harry Jho LLC provides legal counsel to top investment banks in the prime brokerage and securities finance space. Under the supervision of experienced senior attorneys, Analysts work closely with leading sell-side clients to manage counterparty risk and negotiate a wide breadth of trading agreements, including prime brokerage arrangements, repurchase agreements and securities lending agreements.

Analysts on the Dealer Team can expect to work with a motivated and supportive team as they develop a comprehensive understanding of these financial instruments through the lens of major broker-dealers. By supporting in-house legal teams, Analysts gain valuable exposure to the front office and operations units of our clients. The Firm’s diverse roster of high-profile clients provides Analysts with a broad market perspective. With this comprehensive experience, Dealer Team alumni are especially well-positioned to launch successful careers in the legal and financial fields.

Todd Blanke, Partner

Mr. Blanke has specialized in trading products throughout his career, covering prime brokerage and both OTC credit and equity derivative products. Mr. Blanke has served as the lead attorney for fixed-income prime brokerage at Bank of America and as the senior transactional lawyer responsible for equity prime brokerage and equity financing derivatives products at both Bank of America and BNP Paribas.

Mr. Blanke is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He also holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was formerly associated with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Bank of America, and was most recently Director and Counsel at BNP Paribas.

Myriam Jean-Baptiste, Director and Senior Analyst

Ms. Jean-Baptiste joined Harry Jho LLC in 2010. Since then, she has specialized in sell-side negotiations and has spearheaded key training and infrastructure projects at the Firm. In her role as Director, she manages a team of Analysts supporting industry-leading investment banks in areas of compliance, securities finance, equity derivatives and related trading agreements.

Ms. Jean-Baptiste has worked with industry groups on drafting improved documentation tools across the derivatives space. She has supported various large-scale efforts at major dealers to audit and synthesize historical and current trading relationships to meet internal and regulatory mandates. Ms. Jean-Baptiste holds a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Fordham University. She is fluent in French and Spanish.

Analysts:

Thomas Robb

Thomas joined the firm in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree, with general honors, from the University of Chicago ’15 in Political Science.

Jonathan Savicky

Jonathan joined the firm in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont ’17 in Music.

Selena Ponio

Selena joined the firm in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame ’18 in International Economics.

The Funds Team

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The Funds Team at Harry Jho LLC provides legal counsel to hedge funds of various sizes and investment strategies. The Funds Team helps clients establish and manage trading facilities in an ever-evolving regulatory and financial landscape, primarily by negotiating trade agreements with broker-dealers, maintaining document libraries and answering urgent interpretive questions.

Funds Team Analysts work closely with attorneys and each other to develop solutions tailored to each client’s individual concerns and preferences. Analysts can expect to become familiar with complex instruments used throughout the finance industry (as well as hedge funds’ reasons for entering them), gain legal drafting experience and cultivate client management skills necessary for service industries like law and finance. Historically, Funds Team alumni have moved on to top law schools after leaving the Firm.

Lawrence Wu, Partner

Mr. Wu has worked in equity derivatives since 2001, and specializes in secured finance products for hedge funds, covering prime brokerage, OTC equity derivatives, repurchase agreements, stock lending and cleared derivatives (and related documentation).

Mr. Wu is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. He attended college at SUNY Binghamton, where he graduated summa cum laude. After graduation from law school, he clerked for Senior Judge Eugene Nickerson of the Eastern District of New York. After clerking, he was an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and then covered equity derivatives as a Vice President and Counsel at Deutsche Bank.

Hadar Sayfan, Managing Associate

Ms. Sayfan is a Managing Associate with the Firm. Since 2011, she has specialized in drafting, negotiating and advising buy-side clients on prime brokerage, repurchase, foreign exchange, stock lending, triparty custody and equity derivatives documentation. 

She has been seconded to a leading $10 billion hedge fund, during which time she worked closely with Legal, Treasury and Operations groups to negotiate documentation necessary to effect fund launches and new trading relationships.

Additionally, she has worked with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association to develop documentation standards and assisted a leading $10 billion hedge fund in resolving their derivative and prime brokerage creditor claims against Lehman Brothers.

Ms. Sayfan also has led training sessions for new analysts and attorneys, both within the Firm and at the request of a client. Ms. Sayfan graduated from Boston University School of Law and earned a BA cum laude from Brandeis University.

Analysts:

David LaZebnik

David joined the firm in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from New York University ’12 in Chemistry.

David Lee

David joined the firm in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan ’07 in Economics.

Paul Johnson

Paul joined the firm in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas ’14 in Finance.

Corey Branch

Corey joined the firm in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College ’17 in English Literature.

Victoria Sivco

Victoria joined the firm in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College ’18 in Political Science.

The Admin Team

The Admin Team at Harry Jho LLC ensures operational effectiveness within the organization. The Admin Team oversees finances, human resources and information technology. They gain unique exposure to all facets of small business management. 

Sarah Mandell

Sarah joined the firm in 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University ’13 in Music History and Classical Voice and is currently pursuing her MBA at Fordham University.

Alyson Goodson

Alyson joined the firm in 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University ’15 in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies.

Gabrielle John

Gabrielle joined the firm in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University ’15 in Linguistics.

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