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Private Investment Funds

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Our Private Investment Funds Group is a dynamic, interdisciplinary team of lawyers offering a complete package of services to private investment funds and institutional investors globally. We are consistently ranked as a top-tier practice in leading industry publications, including as one of the top five "most active law firms" for sponsor-side fund formations. In 2015, we represented sponsors in closing more than 100 funds with over $26 billion in committed capital, and closed more than 140 investments in all types of funds representing over $5.7 billion in committed capital. The group also advised on over 60 secondary transactions and sales with an aggregate value of more than $12 billion.

Valuable insight into market trends. With over 300 GP and 100 LP clients across the globe, our experience in representing both sponsors and institutional investors across the alternative asset class on a daily basis gives us unparalleled insight into trends, developments, and terms and conditions. We advise on transactions of all types, including fund formations, primary investments, co-investments, secondary transactions and restructurings.

Sponsor representation

  • Buyout funds

  • Growth capital funds

  • Funds of funds

  • Debt, credit, mezzanine and distressed funds

  • Venture funds

  • Secondary funds

  • Real estate funds

  • Natural resources and energy funds

  • Hedge funds

  • Spinouts and restructurings

  • Co-investments

Investor representation

  • Public and private pension funds

  • Funds of funds

  • Private foundations

  • Endowments and universities

  • Sovereign wealth funds

  • Family offices

  • Global asset managers

  • Special-purpose vehicles

  • Public charities

  • Co-investments

Strength and depth of team. We have one of the largest teams, with over 100 lawyers globally. Members of our core team have worked together for many years. Our lawyers include members of Proskauer's financial services regulation, tax, employee benefits, executive compensation and employment groups, all of whom focus on these specific areas as they relate to private investment funds.

Best in class for secondary transactions. Our lawyers have extensive experience with the complexities involved in structuring and negotiating secondary transactions and fund restructurings. We regularly counsel a significant segment of the secondary market and have experience acquiring and selling portfolios of partnership interests, including some of the largest bulk sales of interests in securities on the secondary market.

Relationship driven. We work in collaboration with our clients. Our lawyers take a long-term, hands-on approach and actively work with clients to achieve their business goals.

Client endorsement. The most resounding endorsement of our skills comes from the clients who choose us year after year:

  • "This group offers an impressive depth of US and European capabilities, representing major investors and sponsors in a variety of private equity work…" (Chambers Global)
  • "'Every partner has a very good insight into the way the market is moving. The firm's sole aim is to provide you with a service: you get more attention and a greater sense of urgency in their response times.'" (Chambers UK)

  • "'We consider the Proskauer team an integral part of our own.'" (Chambers USA)