Mark Whatley is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP's San Francisco office. He concentrates on organizing and advising managers and sponsors of hedge funds, offshore funds, private equity funds and a wide variety of other types of private investment funds. With deep experience in a wide range of securities regulation, transactional, and business counseling matters, Mark’s investment management practice includes “special situation” counseling and negotiation in such contexts as acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations of financial services companies, as well as internal and regulatory investigations.
Mark has practiced securities law in San Francisco for over 30 years. He earned his law degree in 1980 from Berkeley Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley), where he was Articles Editor of the California Law Review. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Alfonso J. Zirpoli, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in San Francisco.
Mark is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Private Funds Law and in Legal 500 in the field of Alternative/Hedge Funds. He is part of a team that consistently wins top awards in the private funds industry. In 2013, for the second time, Chambers and Partners, named Sidley’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice “Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S.” Sidley has been ranked in the top band for hedge funds by Chambers USA every year since the inception of that category in 2008. Sidley also received first-tier national rankings in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Derivatives and Futures Law. Sidley received these national rankings for the third consecutive year and each year since the survey’s inception.
Mark speaks frequently at industry events and seminars on a variety of subjects relevant to hedge fund sponsors and private fund managers generally. Recent topics include planning issues for hedge funds, investment adviser advertising, compliance procedures, and dealing with regulators.