Robin A. Painter

Robin A. Painter is a partner in Proskauer’s market-leading Private Funds Group and was global co-head of that practice for several years. She also previously served as co-head of the Firm's corporate department. She has a global network of clients and contacts developed over her more than 30 years of experience in the private equity and venture capital industry. She advises fund managers, institutional investors and investment advisors on a broad range of issues, including structuring private investment funds, portfolio investments, spin-outs, secondary transactions, internal governance and divestments and distributions.

The majority of Robin’s practice involves representing sponsors in structuring private investment funds and funds of funds and representing U.S. and global institutional investors and investment advisors in the private equity field. She routinely supervises teams of lawyers that represent sponsors in structuring their funds and institutional investors, or their advisors, in their investments across the alternative asset class.

Robin also represents large institutional investors, or their advisors, in connection with the acquisition and sale of secondary partnership interests, and she has been involved in several of the largest bulk purchases of partnership interests in the industry.

Over the last few years, Robin has managed teams of lawyers in fund structuring projects with capital commitments of well over $10 billion, and also has advised clients on significant secondary transactions, spin-outs and restructurings.

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Robin has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at several law and business schools, including Harvard School of Law, the Copenhagen Business School, Oxford University, MIT Sloan School, Yale School of Management and Boston College Law School. A frequent lecturer, author and industry board member, Robin takes an active role in the global private equity community. Some of her more recent lecture topics have included:

  • Nuts and Bolts of Forming a Venture Capital Fund
  • Private Equity Secondaries as an Asset Class
  • Connecting with Your Firm's Fundraising Efforts
  • Terms & Conditions: Ensuring a Successful Platform for All Parties
  • The LPs Perspective on Alternative Assets

Private Equity International named Robin one of the “30 most influential lawyers in global private equity” and she is frequently recognized as a leader in the private equity field having received some of the highest ranked awards by national and global publications, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, Private Equity International, National Law Journal, The Best Lawyers in America, amongst others.