Recognized leader in fund formation
The formation of private equity funds is a complex and highly specialized area. Only a handful of law firms have the required expertise to advise on these issues. Our global Private Equity Funds Group is widely recognized, by both fund sponsors and institutional investors, as leading counsel in this field. We represent fund sponsors and investors in the formation and operation of all types of investment funds, including buyout, venture capital and other private equity funds, funds-of-funds, distressed company funds, real estate opportunity and real asset funds, infrastructure funds, and hedge funds. We have the substantive knowledge, deal experience, and industry credibility to effectively guide both GPs and LPs through the entire fund formation process. We advise on structural, regulatory, and tax issues, as well as economic terms and fund governance matters. We also advise fund sponsors on fundraising issues and “upper tier” structure and planning.
We know what’s “market”
We have been active in fund formation transactions for decades. Our private equity funds practice has been ranked consistently by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst as one of the top-five most active law firms in this area. In just the last five years, we have advised fund sponsors and institutional investors in hundreds of funds involving hundreds of billions of dollars in committed capital. Our ongoing involvement in fund formation keeps us on the forefront of constantly evolving deal terms and industry trends. Our market awareness provides our GP and LP clients with significant negotiating advantages in the fund formation process.
Global breadth to handle cross-border transactions
Private equity fund formation, investments, and buyouts have become increasingly global in scope. Our global Private Equity Funds Group includes attorneys in key financial centers around the world, including San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Our multi-office teams have worked together extensively and understand the complex issues involved in cross-border transactions. The global scope of our expertise allows us to effectively advise domestic and non-U.S. sponsors and investors in cross-border fundraising and fund formation, as well as advise private equity funds on their cross-border investments.
The one-stop shop for private equity funds
We are a 1,000-lawyer, international, full-service firm with the resources and expertise to advise fund sponsors and private equity funds through all phases of a fund’s life cycle. After assisting in the formation of a fund, we advise the fund on its investments, including equity investments, public and private buyouts, debt financings, distressed company transactions, and strategic alliances. Our attorneys also guide fund sponsors through fund operational issues, including, tax, ERISA, investment management, and SEC and other domestic and foreign regulatory compliance. The breadth of our experience in these areas allows us to provide expert advice to a fund in a cost-effective manner throughout its term.