Robert G. Sawyer

Co-Chair, Private Funds Practice Group

I am an experienced private funds lawyer, delivering knowledgeable, practical and efficient solutions to private fund managers.

Robert Sawyer’s practice focuses on investment advisers and private investment funds, including private equity, venture capital and hedge funds. Client services also include fund formation, structuring of management entities and regulatory compliance matters, including registration and reporting requirements under the Investment Advisers Act, exemptions from the Investment Company Act of 1940 and private offering regimes under the Securities Act of 1933.

Robert has significant experience in formation and structuring of domestic and offshore private funds and management vehicles across a variety of asset classes and investment strategies. Robert works closely with clients to deliver knowledgeable, practical and efficient fund formation and compliance solutions to private funds managers amidst the evolving legal landscape governing private funds. In addition, his financial counsel includes advising funds and managers in structuring and negotiation of investments and financing transactions.

For private equity managers seeking to operate a small business investment company (SBIC), Robert advises as to all aspects of fund formation, licensure with the U.S. Small Business Administration and compliance with applicable regulations governing SBICs.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 1997

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Foley Hoag Publications

Publication 06/10/2020

Honors & Involvement

  • Boston Bar Association, Member 
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Speaking Engagements

  • “Summary of the Volcker Rule Amendments to Covered Fund Exclusions” Small Business Investor Alliance Webinar (August 2020) 
  • “Cannabis Investor Considerations for Private Fund Managers” Foley Hoag Webinar (December 2019)
  • “Small Business Investment Companies - Now is the Time” Foley Hoag and RSM Seminar (May 2016)
  • “Final Passage of SBIC Advisers Relief Act” SBIA Webinar (January 2016)
  • “Key Compliance Priorities” Hedge Fund Association Symposium (February 2014)
  • “The JOBS Act: What Fund Managers Need to Know” Operational Risk Breakfast Club (September 2013)
  • “What You Need to Know About CFTC Registration and the JOBS Act” Operational Risk Breakfast Club (September 2012)
  • “What You Need to Know About the JOBS Act and Form PF” Operation Risk Breakfast Club (June 2012)
  • “New Pay-to-Play Rules, the Dodd-Frank Act and Other Hot Topics Related to Investment Advisers” Operation Risk Breakfast Club (March 2011)