Michael R. Suppappola

Mike Suppappola is a partner in the Private Funds Group specializing in fund formation, buy and sell side secondary transactions and restructurings, institutional investor representation, co-investments and day-to-day operational and regulatory matters.

He advises a broad spectrum of private funds clients on the structuring and operations of private funds globally, including buyout, growth equity, venture capital, private credit, distressed debt, real estate and fund-of-funds sponsors, as well as geographic and sector specific funds. After the fundraising period, Mike continues to serve as a trusted adviser to private fund sponsors throughout the lifespan of a fund, with a focus on ongoing general partner and management company internal governance and day-to-day operational issues.

Mike has particularly extensive experience in representing secondary fund managers in connection with all aspects of their business, including fund formation, secondary transactions (including secondary restructurings and private tender offers), primary investments and co-investments. He also provides ongoing advice to fund managers and other investment advisers on legal and regulatory compliance with federal and state securities laws, and is widely recognized in the industry for his special focus on the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

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An active member of the private funds community, Mike is frequently invited to lecture at industry events on business and regulatory topics. He is recognized as a top practitioner in Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds, where clients praise him as “thorough and [with] a good sense for what’s important” and commend his ability to “’get to the bottom line very quickly’” and be “’meaningful in a couple of succinct sentences.’” Mike has been published or quoted in numerous industry publications and treatises, including Private Equity International Modern Fundraiser, U.S. Private Equity Fund Compliance Companion, Secondaries Investor, Private Funds Management, PE Manager, Compliance Intelligence and Regulatory Register.