JANELLE IBELING is a partner in Sidley’s Investment Funds practice. Janelle’s practice focuses on advising investment managers and institutional investors with respect to the structure, formation and ongoing operational needs of alternative investment products, including domestic and offshore hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds and “access funds.” She has also advised with respect to leveraged products, credit facilities and side pocket issues. Janelle has substantial experience in connection with single relationship/investor funds, managed accounts, investor negotiations and co-investments. She provides ongoing advice to investment managers on SEC registration and compliance obligations and best practices.
Janelle advises institutional investors in connection with structuring their investments in hedge funds and private equity funds. She has also advised with respect to family office investment-related and regulatory matters, including family office formation, SEC and CFTC registration, exemptions and related regulatory advice.
Janelle also advises asset managers on life cycle events, including formation and agreements among principals and employees, seeding capital, spin-outs of funds/teams of employees, revenue shares, and acquisitions/sales of equity.
Janelle was honored at Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 2022 Salute! Top Women in Law Awards which recognizes her work advancing other women in the profession, her professional achievements, and her leadership in the community.
Janelle was named to The Hedge Fund Journal’s 2023 “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” list. She has been ranked by Chambers Global (2023) and Chambers USA (2022–2023) for Investment Funds: Hedge Funds – USA, where clients have indicated she is “a great lawyer who is a pleasure to work with.” Clients have also highlighted her “outstanding legal skills” and “cutting-edge knowledge.” Clients commented in the 2021 edition that she “handles extremely important and sensitive negotiations with our high-profile clients.” She has also been described as “extraordinarily talented” in the client comment section of The Legal 500 USA. Janelle has also been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds (2018–2023).
Sidley’s award-winning Investment Funds group provides top-tier service to all aspects of the private funds industry. Chambers USA has awarded the group top band rankings in Hedge Funds every year since 2008. Sidley has also been named “Law Firm of the Year” in Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2022 “Best Law Firms.”