Hedge Funds

We have been a leader in the hedge fund industry for nearly half a century.

Along the way, we developed a national and international reputation for our advocacy. Hedge fund managers—knowledgeable and inventive clients—value us as much for our creativity and thoughtfulness as for our legal acumen. It’s no accident that we represent several of the industry’s pioneers.

Our client list is as lengthy as it is impressive: we represent hundreds of managers including domestic and offshore funds and fund-of-funds with billions of dollars under management. The depth of our involvement in the industry is an endless source of competitive advantage for our clients.

One particular area of our innovation is our significant experience with insurance dedicated funds, including launching these specialized investment products, creating related compliance policies and procedures and negotiating with the platform providers and insurance carriers integrally involved in these vehicles.

Our Hedge Fund practice has been designated as a leader in its field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500: United States and the IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Firms. The firm has been repeatedly named a finalist in HFMWeek’s annual US Services Awards for Best Onshore Law Firm, and has received the top award in two categories – Client Service and Hedge Fund Start-Ups.

We represent fund managers in every facet of their businesses, from inception through the life of the fund, including:

  • Preparing offering and subscription documents
  • Fund and management company formation and structuring
  • Seed deals
  • Incubation and strategic investor arrangements
  • Side letters
  • Establishing foreign offices
  • Tax and estate planning for management team
  • Office lease and technology license agreements

  • Investment adviser registration and exemption filings
  • CFTC registration and exemption filings
  • Preparing compliance manual and code of ethics
  • Developing and instituting compliance programs
  • Commodities compliance issues
  • Regulatory and securities filings

  • Investor activism
  • Hedge fund manager mergers and acquisitions
  • Derivatives and collateralized debt obligations
  • Real estate and other private equity investments
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (including acquisitions, disputes, proxy contests, emerging markets)
  • Joint ventures
  • Secured lending
  • Securities offerings, including private placements
  • Insurance dedicated funds and private placement life insurance

  • Employment and compensation issues (including phantom equity and other equity compensation arrangements)
  • Prime brokerage documents and other financing agreements
  • Trading questions and issues
  • Securities law issues and compliance
  • ‘34 Act compliance (Schedules 13D and G, short swing profit issues, large trader reporting under Section 13H)
  • Protection of proprietary information
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Licensing and technology agreements
  • Agreements with administrators and other service providers, consultants and third-party marketers
  • Capital raising and investor relations, including placement agent issues and agreements
  • Tax
  • ERISA
  • Estate planning
  • Business continuity planning for fund managers
  • Personal tax, deferred compensation and asset protection planning for fund managers
  • Litigation, investor rights enforcement and risk management
  • Distressed assets
  • Real estate

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JAMIE L. NASH

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Recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for hedge funds, Jamie Nash has become one of the true go-to lawyers for hedge funds and…

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