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One Battery Park Plaza
New York , NY  10004 US
Tel: 212-574-1261
Fax: 212-480-8421

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John E. Tavss

Senior Counsel

Main Biography

John E. Tavss is a member of Seward & Kissel's Investment Management Group. John has practiced at the Firm since 1979, and has been a partner since 1988.

John advises clients on a wide variety of securities, tax and business law matters relating to the investment management business.  John has significant expertise in the investment management area including the representation of "hedge funds," other private investment vehicles (both onshore and offshore) and private equity funds.  John is a frequent speaker on "hedge fund" and other private investment fund issues.

John is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Tax Section) and the International Bar Association (Private Funds Section).  John is actively involved with Hedge Funds Care, a not-for-profit organization supported by the hedge fund industry dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

John has been regularly recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The U.S. Legal 500, Best Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as a leading fund formation lawyer for private investment funds.

Rankings and Awards



  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1979
  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., University of Virginia, with honors, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • New York