Michael D. Friedman is Managing Director at Ocean Tomo. He currently heads Ocean Tomo Asset Management (OTAM) and is its Chief Investment Officer. OTAM creates and manages intellectual property-based public and private investment products. The public products include exchange traded funds, hedge funds and long only funds. The private products include intangible asset based financings, direct debt and equity investments into corporations and special situation investments. Mr. Friedman also heads Ocean Tomo’s Investment Banking practice (OTIB), a division that brings IP financing, monetization and capital markets solutions to corporations and other intellectual property owners.
Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Mr. Friedman founded and was Managing Partner of FHS Investments, LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund engaged in special situations trading, volatility arbitrage and convertible bond arbitrage. From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Friedman was a managing director at UBS Wealth Management and UBS Investment Bank where he was co-head of Special Situations for the O’Connor hedge fund and proprietary Special Situations trading, respectively. Mr. Friedman began his career in investment banking and trading in 1994 when he joined Swiss Bank Corporation (predecessor to UBS) and structured equity derivative products.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Friedman practiced mergers and acquisitions and securities law for six years. Mr. Friedman worked on a number of public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions – hostile and friendly, stock sales, asset sales including many cross-border transactions - as well as financing transactions through public and private securities offerings. Mr. Friedman has published in the areas of antitrust, corporate control contests and disclosure requirements under the securities laws. He is a member of the board of directors of the Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), the world’s first IP-focused financial exchange.
Mr. Friedman holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he worked as Research Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. He also holds a BS in marine engineering and nautical science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Mr. Friedman is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Third Assistant Engineer of Steam and Motor Vessels of Unlimited Horsepower, and a Third Mate of Ships of Any Gross Tonnage upon Oceans.