Practice

Private Fund Formation

Experience, insight and, when circumstances require, creativity

Our private funds team is composed of seasoned professionals who possess the full range of knowledge needed to represent private funds. We’ve guided hundreds of funds through the formation process. We’ll work with you every step of the way, from structuring of manager and general partner vehicles, seed financing, governance and regulatory and compliance matters, including SEC examinations. Our counsel also extends to advising non-U.S. fund managers on U.S. regulatory and tax issues, and the marketing of private funds in the U.S.  

Finally, we work in tandem with our complementary active investor-side practice, which affords us with deep market intelligence and insights into investor concerns. 

Our clients can depend on a stable bench to offer creative and efficient client driven results. Our team is widely known as best in class, and in 2021 we were recognized by MITIMCo as a recommended law firm in the U.S. and Canada for our private funds practice in representing emerging managers. 

Areas of Focus

We help our private fund clients efficiently and effectively navigate through the fund formation process. We provide practical, tailored advice regarding closed or open funds, whether formed on or off shore, following a wide range of strategies, including private equity, venture capital, private debt, hedge, SBICs, energy, real asset, and funds of funds. Clients often turn to us for:
  • Structuring of complex transactions involving multiple tiers of equity and debt participation, joint venture relationships, tax-incentive structures, and partnerships between international and in-country investors
  • Representation of institutional investors in reviewing fund documentation, negotiating investment management contracts, and negotiating side letters
  • Specialized guidance on managing legal issues for investment funds and investment transactions located outside the United States, through working with in-country law firms and tax advisers to create virtual legal teams that maximize our respective strengths and minimize duplication of effort all to the benefit of our clients

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