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Margaret A. Niles

Fax +1.206.370.6143

Ms. Niles has a domestic and international business transactions practice centering on alternative investments, acquisitions and joint ventures. She focuses her work on representing public pension funds, university endowments, and other institutional investors in private equity funds, hedge funds, strategic partnerships and a broad range of investment and other matters. She also provides on-going advice on general corporate and business matters to clients of various sizes.

The emphasis of Ms. Niles’ international work is with clients engaging in trade and investment projects involving Russia, and in particular the Russian Far East. Ms. Niles has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law teaching courses on Soviet and Russian law. She speaks Russian and has worked and traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union.

Ms. Niles is a frequent speaker on alternative investments and international business matters.

Professional Background

  • Trustee (Member, Investment Committee) for the Church Pension Fund, a multi-billion dollar fund for employees of the Episcopal Church, 2009-present
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Eugene A. Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1983-84
  • Law Faculty, Moscow State University, U.S.S.R., 1984-1985


  • Best Lawyers in America, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law (2010-2016)
  • Seattle Business Magazine, Best Lawyers in the Business, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law (2016)
Investment Partnerships
  • Represented Cascade Investment LLC in its investment in Invention Science Fund, L.L.C.
  • Represented Microsoft in its structured investment in Invention Investment Fund, L.P.
  • Represented CalPERS in its investment in Yucaipa America Funds, L.L.C.
  • Represented CalPERS in the formation of Health Evolution Partners, LLC and six other proprietary funds in the past year.
  • Represented Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund in its investment in Oregon Investment Fund, L.L.C.
  • Represented CalPERS in its acquisition of an interest in Bentall Kennedy real estate group.
  • Represented a public pension fund in a billion dollar program to facilitate asset rebalancing.
  • In addition, Margaret represented investors in over 350 funds in the past decade, including the following since 2011:

    • Alpha Private Equity Fund VI, L.P. 
    •  Bain Capital Venture Fund 2012, L.P.
    • Canyon Structured Assets Fund
    • EleganTree Fund, SPC
    • Harvest Franchise Fund
    • Industry Ventures VI
    • Marathon Asset Management European Credit Opportunity Fund
    • Oaktree Value Opportunities Fund, L.P.
    • Parmenter Realty Fund IV, L.P.
    • Proa Partners IMA
    • Sentient Global Resources Fund IV, L.P.
    • Sigma West Partners IX, L.P.
    • Turkish Private Equity Fund III, L.P.
Joint Ventures And International Transactions
  • Represented Marine Resources Company International in obtaining debt and equity financing from The U.S.–Russia Investment Fund.
  • Represented Tyson Seafoods, Inc. in its potential establishment of a joint venture seafood processing plant in Russia and other activities in Russia.
  • Represented Sound Ocean Systems, Inc. in its formation and ongoing operation of a joint venture with Central Marine Geological and Geophysical Expedition, a Russian research institute.
  • Representing Mercy Corps in its micro–lending project in Kazakhstan.
  • Represented the Foundation for Russian–American Economic Cooperation in various projects in Russia.