DAN SPIES is a partner in Sidley’s Investment Funds practice. He has close to 20 years of experience focusing on private investment funds and their investment advisers in connection with formation, corporate, regulatory, and compliance matters. Dan regularly advises clients on the formation and operation of hedge funds, private equity funds, private credit funds, hybrid funds, commodity pools, funds of funds, managed accounts, and single investor funds. He also assists his clients with the formation and operation of their management entities, including compliance with the Investment Advisers Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. Dan has deep experience advising clients on seed capital and acceleration capital arrangements as well as minority stakes transactions involving asset management firms. Dan's clients range in size from startup managers to large institutional asset management firms.
Dan is ranked in the 2021 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers USA for Investment Funds: Hedge Funds. Chambers notes that Dan is described as “fantastic,” “very practical,” and providing “outstanding” client service. Dan has also been recognized by IFLR1000, The Legal 500, and Legal Media Group for Investment Funds, and named as one of the “29 people to know when launching a hedge fund” by Business Insider.
Dan joined the firm in 2003 after having served as a law clerk for Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb of the Delaware Court of Chancery. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated cum laude and his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he graduated summa cum laude. Dan is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.