We help managers, sponsors, and limited partners of mid-market investment funds navigate the full scope of the legal challenges they face, from formation and capitalization to operations and acquisition and disposition of fund assets. With a rapidly expanding international investment fund management practice, we help our clients to form and operate funds with complex structures that meet the needs of both domestic and foreign investors. We advise on the structuring and formation of all kinds of funds, including CVC funds, seed funds, angel funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, ESG funds, opportunity zone funds and cryptocurrency funds. We advise all players in the space, from first-time fund sponsors, to experienced fund managers and institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds and government pension plans.
Our attorneys are well versed in the regulatory factors that fund sponsors and managers must take into consideration, including under the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act and the Securities Act. We advise on U.S. securities law matters, pay to play, lobbying laws, FCPA and AML compliance, placement agent arrangements, and other broker-dealer activities. We understand the complex ways in which regulatory issues intersect with tax considerations, especially for our clients with managers or investors located outside of the United States. Our attorneys have significant experience advising our multinational investment fund clients in the design and implementation of tax-efficient global finance and trading/distribution structures, and in connection with U.S. and foreign tax audits and controversies.
For many of our clients, we serve as trusted counsel, representing them on an ongoing basis in sequential fund formations, and following formation, in the deployment of the funds’ capital. We also frequently leverage our connections in the startup and investor communities to connect companies and their founders with investors looking for new opportunities.