About Us

Claypoole Executive Search (CES) specializes in placing lawyers, compliance professionals and paralegals in the investment management industry. Our clients are investment advisers, investment companies and the alternative asset management divisions of major financial institutions. While the bulk of our business is in New York and Southern Connecticut, we also recruit internationally with placements spanning from Seattle to London and numerous cities in between.

CES is led by David Claypoole, a recruiting professional with 25 years of experience and over 500 placements under his belt and an internationally known expert on legal and compliance compensation and staffing trends in the asset management space.

CES’s business is focused on industry rather than geography, and as a result, we frequently locate candidates that our local competitors overlook. Our proprietary database contains detailed information on over 10,000 legal and regulatory professionals complied over the last 25 years. We follow industry trends, news and regulatory developments in a way that is uncommon in legal recruiting and consequently can offer guidance, particularly to clients setting up legal and/or compliance departments, with respect to common industry practices and appropriate compensation levels. The majority of our clients are hedge funds, and we have a keen understanding of the industry and its culture of confidentiality and discretion. CES specializes in recruiting for every job category and level of experience from Legal Assistant to Chief Legal Officer. When you hire CES to recruit a lawyer, compliance officer or paralegal, you know your message is being delivered to the marketplace by a discreet, knowledgeable, experienced professional.

CES has a blue chip client list and can provide excellent references.

CES offers a variety of fee structures but works primarily on an exclusive contingency basis.