Karl Cole-Frieman is the Co-Managing Partner of Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP and serves as counsel to many of the most prominent hedge fund managers in the United States. Karl is well-known in the industry for the range of his expertise regarding this client demographic and his innovative work with managers who invest in non-traditional asset classes. Karl is highly sought after for business-oriented and practical advice stemming from his long career working as both an in-house and external adviser. He has guided hundreds of start-up managers by launching their first fund and has the breadth of experience to advise very large managers.
Karl is a trusted adviser and is nationally recognized as a leading cryptocurrency lawyer. He represents many of the largest cryptocurrency fund managers in the country.
Prior to co-founding Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, Karl was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Standard Pacific Capital, LLC (“Standard Pacific”), an SEC-registered hedge fund manager in San Francisco with offices in New York, Hong Kong, and a sub-advisor in Tokyo. In addition to managing the Legal and Compliance Departments at Standard Pacific, Karl was also responsible for Human Resources, IT, General Administration, and particular operations and strategic matters for Standard Pacific’s credit strategy.
Karl lives with his wife, Wanda, and twins, Isaac and Taylor, in Oakland, CA, where he enjoys running and biking and is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.