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Michael Jordan Featured in Smart Business Dealmakers Columbus: "Ice Miller's Michael Jordan: Investor Appetite for Alternatives Remains High"

Michael JordanIce Miller LLP partner Michael Jordan was featured in the Smart Business Dealmakers Columbus article, "Ice Miller's Michael Jordan: Investor Appetite for Alternatives Remains High."

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Michael Jordan didn't expect to become an expert in investor-side representation for alternative investments. He stumbled into the niche 22 years ago.

In the late 1990s, when the Ohio General Assembly removed a restriction that the five state retirement systems could only make alternative investments if there was an Ohio connection, Ice Miller started working with three of those plans. These institutional investors wanted to catch up to the normal allocation of alternatives, which is typically less than 15 percent of an overall portfolio.

"None of us expected that we would be doing this kind of work," says Jordan, a managing partner with the law firm. "Once you've done something for a couple of years and you've built up a good resume or portfolio of experience, you realize, 'We've got to go try to grow it.' So that's when we started looking outside Ohio."

Ice Miller today is one of the few law firms to specialize in alternative investments. It works with plans across the country, including state plans from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, New Mexico, Kansas, Georgia and Massachusetts, as well as investors from universities, health systems or insurance companies.


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