Meredith A. Haviland


I help my clients navigate complex business and transactional matters in an efficient and seamless manner.

Meredith Haviland concentrates her corporate practice on representing private investment funds and investment advisers in all matters, including formation, structuring, investments, acquisitions, divestitures and regulatory matters.

Meredith has significant expertise advising private investment funds and corporates in respect of cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on international forestry transactions.

On the transaction side, Meredith regularly advises both private equity investors and corporates in connection with strategic business transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures in the real asset space. In addition to her extensive experience with M&A transactions, Meredith has significant expertise with cross-border structuring matters. She also regularly assists venture capital investors in connection with their financings, as well as provides guidance upon exit. Meredith also provides guidance with respect to ESG matters.

On the fund formation and regulatory side, Meredith provides advice to private equity, venture capital, impact and hedge fund managers in respect of the full life-cycle of private funds, including formation, launch, ongoing compliance, liquidation and end-of-fund matters. She also advises investment advisers and private fund managers in respect of the U.S. regulatory regime applicable to such advisers and managers, including the U.S. Investment Advisers Act and CFTC matters. She has particular expertise advising non-U.S. managers about compliance with the U.S. regulatory regime.

Meredith currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee.


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2004
  • Bates College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Foley Hoag Publications

Publication 02/12/2019

Honors & Involvement

  • IFLR1000, Notable Practitioner (2019-2022) 
  • Boston College Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Charles A. Dana Scholar
  • 100 Women in Finance, Education Committee Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Women's Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association  

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “The Opportunity in Asia Today,” 100 Women in Finance (January 2020)
  • Speaker, “Lessons Learned from the US – M&A Disputes,” Lex Mundi Cross-Border Transactions Practice Group Global Meeting (January 2020) 
  • Panelist, “Coming to America – European M&A Deal Trends Increasingly Found in U.S. Deals,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2019 (September 2019)
  • Panelist, “How to Negotiate a Win-Win-Win for Everyone in a Deal,” Angel Capital Association: Annual Summit (April 2019)
  • Moderator, “Real Assets: Where are the Current Opportunities?” 100 Women in Finance (February 2018)
  • Moderator “How to Drive Growth through a Diverse Workforce,” MassTLC’s Growth Conference (October 2017)
  • Panelist, “Law 101 for Startups,” SheStarts (July 2017)
  • Panelist, “Being an Effective Board Member,” Angel Capital Association’s Annual Summit (April 2017)
  • Panelist “Preparing for the Exit,” Angel Capital Association: Celebrating Women Angels 2016 (September 2016)
  • Moderator “An Evening of Inspiration: Career Confessions & Lessons Learned from Women in Alternatives” 100 Women in Finance (June 2016)
  • "Company Culture," The View from the Top Podcast Series (May 2015)
  • "Talent," The View from the Top Podcast Series (July 2015)