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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mutual Funds Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Mutual Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Regulation Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mutual Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Banking and Finance Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Regulation Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Law Mutual Funds Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Financial Services Regulation Law Derivatives and Futures Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law Venture Capital Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Regulation Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Banking and Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    East Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law International Mergers and Acquisitions Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Mutual Funds Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Regulation Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

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Practice Area Definition

Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Definition

Practitioners who represent hedge funds coordinate multiple legal disciplines in order to counsel sponsors and investors concerning all aspects of hedge fund operations and investments. As hedge funds themselves come in a variety of sizes with diverse aims and goals, the exact mix of legal skills required varies from fund to fund. For instance, funds that focus on investing in distressed entities might require more specialized legal counsel in area of restructuring. By and large, however, most funds will require specialized legal counsel in the areas of fund formation, investment transactions, tax law, and securities regulation.

The fund formation aspects of advising hedge funds include how funds are structured and documented, often with an eye toward facilitating the fundraising function. Specific tasks include preparing partnership agreements between the general partner and investors, establishing how the general partner of the fund will be compensated, and preparing the fund’s offering materials.

The investment objectives of hedge funds vary a great deal; therefore, the degree of sophistication they require in executing transactions can vary. While there are a large number of hedge funds that primarily are focused on liquid trading strategies, many hedge funds make illiquid investments, including participating in large, complex leveraged buy-outs or take-private transactions, PIPE transactions, and activist investing.

Hedge funds operating in the U.S. are subject to the full spectrum of securities disclosure and compliance rules and regulations. Regulation of hedge funds has also recently undergone a major overhaul with the passage of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which places new or heightened regulations on hedge funds.

Hedge funds have long been cauldrons of financial innovation, and practitioners advising hedge funds by necessity must be capable of addressing the legal and regulatory issues that impact hedge funds in what can be a quickly evolving business and legal landscape.

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Practitioners who represent hedge funds coordinate multiple legal disciplines in order to counsel sponsors and investors concerning all aspects of hedge fund operations and investments. As hedge funds themselves come in a variety of sizes with diverse aims and goals, the exact mix of legal skills required varies from fund to fund. For instance, funds that focus on investing in distressed entities might require more specialized legal counsel in area of restructuring. By and large, however, most funds will require specialized legal counsel in the areas of fund formation, investment transactions, tax law, and securities regulation.

The fund formation aspects of advising hedge funds include how funds are structured and documented, often with an eye toward facilitating the fundraising function. Specific tasks include preparing partnership agreements between the general partner and investors, establishing how the general partner of the fund will be compensated, and preparing the fund’s offering materials.

The investment objectives of hedge funds vary a great deal; therefore, the degree of sophistication they require in executing transactions can vary. While there are a large number of hedge funds that primarily are focused on liquid trading strategies, many hedge funds make illiquid investments, including participating in large, complex leveraged buy-outs or take-private transactions, PIPE transactions, and activist investing.

Hedge funds operating in the U.S. are subject to the full spectrum of securities disclosure and compliance rules and regulations. Regulation of hedge funds has also recently undergone a major overhaul with the passage of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which places new or heightened regulations on hedge funds.

Hedge funds have long been cauldrons of financial innovation, and practitioners advising hedge funds by necessity must be capable of addressing the legal and regulatory issues that impact hedge funds in what can be a quickly evolving business and legal landscape.