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K&L Gates’ Hedge Fund, Venture Fund, and Private Fund practice represents a full range of U.S. domestic and non-U.S. funds in all aspects of their organization, funding, operations, and extraordinary transactions. Approximately 20 of our partners and of counsel, and a substantial number of associates, devote a significant portion of their time to hedge fund, venture fund, and other private fund matters. Our clients include general partners, managing members and managers of hedge funds, venture funds, private equity funds (including leveraged buyout funds and distressed securities or “vulture” funds), offshore mutual funds, U.S. domestic and non-U.S. equity and debt funds, arbitrage funds, real estate funds, “principal-protected” funds, and various other private funds, as well as the funds themselves and significant fund investors. We work with fund sponsors, advisers, distributors, key investors, and similar participants, as well as custodians, administrators, prime brokers, and other private fund service providers.

Our work involves virtually all aspects of the fund business.  We advise on organization, structuring, fund-raising, compensation, distribution, trading, e-commerce, and other issues.  We are also frequently called on to assist clients with various “business” issues, such as identifying current market and best practices, evaluating fee and distribution structures, evaluating agreements with service providers, and operational matters. In addition, we often assist managers in structuring employment and compensation arrangements both for themselves and their employees and advise them on tax planning.

We counsel fund managers on the regulatory aspects of their businesses and operations. We help our clients to address the many issues presented in the rapidly evolving regulatory environment in the United States, Europe and Asia, including investment adviser registration and regulation, the effects of other securities laws, futures and derivatives regulation, and ERISA and tax issues.

We represent all segments of this industry and evaluate fund documents for institutional investors seeking alternative investments. Our clients include major fund managers, Wall Street and international investment banking firms, brokerage firms, mutual fund and institutional management firms, banks and bank holding companies, insurance companies, family offices, government agencies, pension funds, universities, and endowments. 

Our clients come to us from across the United States. We have also represented fund managers with respect to funds offered, sold, and/or organized in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.  Our London office advises London-based hedge fund managers and those looking to market funds into the U.K. and EU and/or domicile funds in an EU jurisdiction. We regularly assist non-U.S. managers to establish London operations. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, we regularly counsel money managers in fund structuring and distribution issues, including obtaining authorizations for onshore and offshore funds, advisers, and distributors, or the availability of exemptions.

As a full-service law firm, we offer resources in a number of areas that may be important for private funds, from employment law to tax to telecom.

Areas of Practice

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Partner
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Partner
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Counsel
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Chairman of the Management Committee
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Partner
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Of Counsel
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Partner
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Associate
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Of Counsel
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Partner
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Partner
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Of Counsel
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Partner
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Associate
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Associate
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Senior Associate
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Associate
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Counsel
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Associate
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Partner
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Associate
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Of Counsel
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Administrative Partner
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Associate
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Associate
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Partner
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Practice Area Leader - Corporate & Transactional
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Partner
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Partner
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Domestic Funds Investing in U.S. Securities
A limited liability company advised by an unregistered investment adviser that invests in small capitalization U.S. companies focusing on emerging industries and “turn-around” companies.
A limited liability company advised by a state registered investment adviser investing in small capitalization U.S. securities.
An onshore fund-of-funds that invests in funds using alternative investment strategies (for example, direct lending to small and middle-market companies; investments in direct reinsurance risk; investments in weather derivatives; energy trading; premium finance; trading in foreign exchange markets; investing in PIPE transactions; and trading greenhouse gas emissions credits).
Delaware limited partnership that invests in hedge fund and private equity fund interests and side pocket investments purchased in secondary market transactions, and an associated feeder fund formed as a Cayman Islands limited partnership.
Multiple funds organized as series limited liability companies, for a bank-affiliated investment adviser, that parallel that firm’s U.S. registered mutual funds, invest in money market securities and S&P 500 futures, or invest in other private funds.
Funds designed for taxable and tax-exempt investors that invest in timberlands, some of which were sponsored by a timberland management company and others of which were sponsored by a regional bank.
Leveraged and unleveraged funds-of-funds designed for insurance company segregated accounts.
A limited partnership and a limited liability company advised by a large institutional money manager investing in large capitalization U.S. stocks.
A multiple-series limited partnership investing in small capitalization U.S. stocks in various industry sectors.
Limited liability companies and collective trust funds sponsored by a bank-affiliated investment adviser to invest in fund-of-funds products sponsored by an unaffiliated adviser.