BRAD HOWARD serves as the Chicago office group head of the Investment Funds practice area. He advises alternative asset managers with respect to hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, managed accounts, private equity funds and various related structures. Brad also advises clients on managed account platforms, fund-related derivatives, special opportunity funds, co-investments and commodity pools. His advice often focuses on structuring, regulatory and compliance issues for these products.
Brad advises asset manager clients on credit facilities and financing/leverage-related derivative instruments. He also advises on the Investment Advisers Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, Regulation D and Dodd-Frank-related compliance issues. Brad has advised clients on seed deals, joint ventures, manager restructurings, manager M&A transactions and other manager-related transactions.
Representative Transactions Include:
- Manager and fund startups
- Hybrid funds
- Managed account platforms
- Manager acquisitions buy-outs and joint ventures
- Asset allocator representations
- Fund derivatives
Brad and his colleagues have been recognized as the “Best North American Law Firm” in the 2011 and 2013 Hedgeweek Awards and as “Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S.” by Chambers and Partners in 2008 and 2013. Sidley has received first-tier national rankings in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Derivatives and Futures Law. Furthermore, in 2014, 2016 and 2018, Sidley was named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Private Funds/Hedge Funds category by this publication. Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine has repeatedly named Sidley the “Top Onshore (U.S.) Law Firm” serving the hedge fund industry (2014 and 2016).
Brad has been highly ranked in Who’s Who Legal 2012–2017 and most recently in the Private Funds category as of 2017. He was also recognized in The Legal 500 US 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017 for Investment Fund Formation and Management. Additionally, Brad has been recognized in the 2014–2016 editions of IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for Investment Funds in the United States.
Brad joined the firm in 1998 out of Stanford Law School. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago.