Steve LaRose is deputy chair of the Private Investment Fund Disputes team. He is a skilled commercial litigator who works with clients to resolve their business problems, particularly where disputes arise in the areas of private equity and hedge funds, the securities laws and SEC investigations, corporate governance, partnerships, tax credit investments and financial services. Steve also leads the pro bono initiative for the firm’s Boston office.
What do you focus on?
My practice focuses on solving clients’ business problems. While new issues consistently arise, I currently focus on four key areas.
Investment Fund and other Partnership Disputes
I represent private equity funds, hedge funds and managers and institutional investors to resolve disputes concerning fund management, compliance issues, redemptions and valuation matters. Currently, I am working on a client matter involving an SEC investigation and a separate matter involving a challenge to a fund’s valuation.
Private Equity Operating Company Disputes
More and more, I see a trend involving private equity funds’ involvement in disputes at the operating company level, generally over management of the operating company or its dealings with third parties. Recently, I defended a private fund sued in its capacity as decision maker for one of its portfolio companies.
Tax Credit Funds
I work with the firm’s first-in-class Tax Credit Syndication group, and I help clients protect their tax credit investments by resolving disputes between partners, working out problems at the operating partnership level and attending to tax credit compliance issues.
Securities and Shareholder Issues
Whether in large corporations, partnerships or closely held corporations, disputes continue to arise over corporate governance, fiduciary concerns, alleged violations of the U.S. securities laws, and corporate control matters. I regularly provide advice and counsel on these matters to clients in the financial, pharmaceutical, technology and food and beverage industries.