Daniel J. Arbess

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Daniel J. Arbess
Born (1961-01-23) January 23, 1961 (age 53)
Nationality American
Alma mater Osgoode Hall Law School
Harvard Law School
Organization Perella Weinberg Partners
Title Partner

Daniel J. Arbess is an American hedge fund manager, and a partner at the financial services firm Perella Weinberg Partners who has been professionally involved in policy analysis and global opportunities since the mid-1980s. He started his career as a lawyer and eventually the youngest-ever partner and head of global privatization at the international law firm White & Case, where he advised European and other emerging markets on economic transition, industrial reorganization and privatization. Mr. Arbess has been a principal investor since the mid-1990s. He launched the Xerion hedge fund in 2003, which pursues an opportunistic, multi-asset class investment strategy, primarily targeting transformative corporate events (such as financial restructuring), pivotal business trends, and changes in government policy affecting the macro environment.[1]


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Arbess was born on January 23, 1961 in Montreal, Canada and is a United States citizen. He received an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and an LLM from the Harvard Law School. He was an affiliate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government,[2] developing an interest in East-West political and economic relations and the economic transition of the former-communist world.[3] During his law school years, he published on legal, political and moral aspects of nuclear weapons and arms control.[4][5][6][7][8]

Arbess joined the international law firm White & Case in 1987 and was among the first Western lawyers on the ground in Eastern Europe,[9][10] moving to Prague in 1990 to advise the Czechoslovak government on its economic transition, principally on privatization policy and transactions.[11] In 1992, at 31, he became the youngest partner in the history of White & Case and Head of its Global Privatization Group. Arbess was known as one of the leading practitioners of emerging markets restructuring and privatization during the early 1990s.[12] Among his advisory transactions included the restructuring and sale of Skoda to Volkswagen.[13]

Arbess became an investment principal in 1995,[14] first pursuing restructuring-oriented private transactions in Europe, and later managing portfolio workouts and distressed debt investments for a New York-based asset manager. He launched Xerion Capital Partners in 2003 with backing from Paloma Partners. Arbess sold Xerion to Perella Weinberg Partners and became a partner of Perella Weinberg Partners in 2007.[15]

Arbess is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council, and writes,[16][17][18][19][20][21] and is a frequent media commentator[22][23][24] on investing and global markets.


  1. ^ "2013 Milken Institute Global Conference". Milken Institute. April 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Arbess, Daniel J.; Moravcsik, Andrew M. "Lengthening the Fuse: No-First-Use and Disengagement". In Nye, Jr., Joseph S. Fateful Visions: Avoiding Nuclear Catastrophe. Cambridge: Ballinger. pp. 68–91. 
  3. ^ Arbess, Daniel J.; Marlene Greenberg (13 March 1989). "Moscow's Puzzle Is How to Motivate the Soviet Worker". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Daniel J. Arbess (1984). The International Law of Conflict in Light of Contemporary Deterrence Strategies: Empty Promise or Meaningful Restraint?. Volume 30:1. McGill Law Journal. pp. 89–142. 
  5. ^ Daniel J. Arbess; William Epstein (May 1985). The Disarmament Role for the United Nations?. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. pp. 26–28. 
  6. ^ Daniel J. Arbess (October 1985). Star Wars and the Outer Space Law. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. pp. 19–22. 
  7. ^ Daniel J. Arbess (1987). Reykjavik and Beyond: The Democrats and Strategic Policy. Harvard Law School. 
  8. ^ Daniel J. Arbess; Hal Harvey (1 June 1992). Alternative Security: Beyond the Controlled Arms Race. Farrar Straus & Giroux. ISBN 978-0-8090-8051-9. 
  9. ^ "White & Case’s Man in Prague," The American Lawyer, March 1991.
  10. ^ Karen Dillon (June 1992). "Infiltrating the East". The American Lawyer. 
  11. ^ Echikson, William; Ricardo Sookdeo (17 October 1994). "Young Americans Go Abroad to Strike it Rich: From Budapest to Beijing, record numbers of ambitious entrepreneurs and pioneering professionals are staking claims--and finding rich rewards". Fortune. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Prague’s Late Night Corporate Lawyer," Financial Times, June 12, 1995.
  13. ^ Speizer, Irwin (25 August 2009). "Dan Arbess: to Chrysler from Skoda". Institutional Investor. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Weinstein, Michael M. (11 January 1998). "The Capitalist; Giving Russia The Business". The New York Times. p. 16. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Michael J. de la Merced (October 2, 2007). "Perella Weinberg acquires Xerion Capital amid credit market turmoil". The New York Times. 
  16. ^ Daniel J. Arbess (May 14, 2013). "Bring on the 'Helicopter Money'". The Wall Street Journal. 
  17. ^ Arbess, Daniel (January 6, 2011). Perella Weinberg's Arbess Interview. Interview with Betty Liu. In the Loop. Bloomberg Television. New York. 
  18. ^ "When Past Performance Is a Guide: Using History to Make Sense of the Post-Crisis World". Milken Institute Panel. May 1, 2013. 
  19. ^ Daniel J. Arbess (August 12, 2011). "How to Win in the New Economic Framework". Institutional Investor. 
  20. ^ Daniel J. Arbess (June 2010). "Managing the Debt Crisis Means Rebalancing Global Consumption and Leverage,". Institutional Investor. 
  21. ^ Ira Sohn (May 24, 2011). "Ira Sohn: Which 2010 Tips Did the Best". ”Hedge Fund Intelligence”. 
  22. ^ Arbess, Daniel (April 4, 2012). Money Masters: Perella Weinberg's Dan Arbess. (Interview). Money Masters. Bloomberg Television. 
  23. ^ Arbess, Daniel (May 20, 2013). Bring on the 'Helicopter Money. (Interview). Squawk Box. CNBC. New York. 
  24. ^ Arbess, Daniel (May 3, 2013). Doll, Arbess on Stocks, ECB, Berkshire Hathaway. (Interview). Bloomberg Television. 

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