Welcome to JW Michaels & Co.

The Premier Executive Search Firm


JW Michaels & Co. is a premier executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology, accounting and business institutions. Our clients include select investment management firms, hedge funds, investment banks, law firms, and Fortune 500 companies in every industry. We help place compliance officers, general counsel, patent counsel, IT, legal, accounting and finance, and risk management executives, thus making us one of the premiere executive search agencies.

The scope of our services is always tailored to our client's individual needs.  Our commitment to excellence has allowed us to act as a trusted advisor and partner to help our clients meet their hiring needs by sourcing the best in professional talent. Read More


February 25, 2014 | Managing Partner Jason Wachtel will be the keynote speaker at the 75,000 member Regulatory Compliance Association's General Session, where he will discuss compensation and hiring trends for compliance and legal professionals: practice-edge/compensation-trends-in-alternative-asset-management/

January 30, 2014 | Managing Parnter Jason Wachtel is quoted in a Thomson Reuters article discussing the compensation of Chief Compliance Officer in investment banks. Read More

November 15, 2013 | Lawrence Brown, Vice President of Legal, will be a speaker at The Conference Board's Council of Chief Privacy Officers meeting:

Recent Engagements

JW Michaels & Co. has placed executive officers and other senior leadership in Compliance, Legal, IT, Operations and Accounting at some of the world's most prestigious organizations. View our recent executive search placement successes here


September 11, 2014 | Managing Partner Jason Wachtel is quoted in a recent FundFire article about the compliance programs of alternative asset managers. Read More

August 21, 2014
| JW Michaels has been ranked #792 on the annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing privately held companies. Read More

August 13, 2014 | In a recent Bloomberg article, co-founder Justin Mandel discusses the trend of hiring compliance executives with Treasury experience and US sanctions expertise. Read More

July 24, 2014 | In a recent Q&A with The Hedge Fund Law Report, Managing Partner Jason Wachtel provides insight into the compensation of hedge fund GCs and CCOs. Read More