Sidley’s international Investment Funds Litigation practice offers our clients litigation resources to manage the unique legal and business challenges that accompany doing business in the investment funds industry. To provide truly comprehensive and client-focused representation, our investment funds litigation lawyers work closely with leading professionals from the firm’s Investment Funds, Private Equity, Advisers and Derivatives, Corporate M&A, Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory, Restructuring and Securities and Shareholder Litigation practices. This collaborative style of representation allows our lawyers to better anticipate potential risk issues, develop strategies on how to best avoid litigation and minimize disruption to our clients.
We represent some of the most prominent names in alternative and traditional asset management in civil litigation, arbitrations, and internal and government investigations, both in the United States and abroad. Specifically, our practice represents a wide range of clients in the following roles:
- Hedge fund managers
- Investment advisors
- Private equity fund managers (and their portfolio companies)
- Commodity pool operators
- Commodity trading advisers
- Mutual fund board members
Our lawyers are well versed in litigation involving investors, hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investment vehicles, including with respect to valuation and fee issues, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud, claw back claims, suspension of redemptions, shareholder derivative litigation, shareholder disputes, creditor or trustee claims in bankruptcy and enforcement actions brought by the SEC, the CFTC, FINRA, NFA and the UK’s FCA and SFO, as well as by exchanges in New York and Chicago and London.
Recognition for our practice
Our work for clients has earned us acknowledgment in numerous industry publications over the years. Most recently, Sidley was named the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in the area of Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law. The “Law Firm of the Year” designation is bestowed on one firm in each national practice area that has an impressive overall performance based on U.S. News – Best Lawyers research. According to the publication: “If you manage a hedge fund, Sidley is simply the best firm out there.”
Sidley was also named “Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S.” by Chambers & Partners in 2013 and 2008. Sidley has been recognized as a top-tier Investment Funds – Hedge Funds firm in Chambers USA from 2008-2017. In its 2017 edition, Chambers USA acknowledged the Investment Funds – Hedge Funds practice for being a “masterful hedge funds practice serving the most prominent funds and managers worldwide, and providing critical advisory capabilities across the fields of securities, derivatives, fund formation and regulations.”
The firm was also recognized as the “Top ‘Onshore’ (U.S.) Law Firm” serving the hedge fund industry in the 2014 Alpha Awards by Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine.