Sidley has a premier, global practice in advising private fund managers and institutional investors in connection with the formation of private equity fund formation (PEFF) and other committed capital vehicles. Sidley’s private equity funds team is part of the firm’s larger investment fund practice group, which consists of 120 lawyers dedicated to fund formation, fund regulatory and related matters worldwide with lawyers practicing in our New York, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. Our PEFF team has extensive experience in all of the areas that are relevant to PE fund clients, including: corporate, partnership and other alternative entity law; tax; ERISA; Investment Advisers Act registration and compliance; Investment Company Act structuring issues; Securities Act of 1933 and other U.S. securities law matters; pay to play, lobbying law and FCPA compliance; placement arrangements and other broker-dealer activities; Patriot Act compliance; and UK and other select non-U.S. regulatory matters.
Sidley’s PEFF lawyers have represented fund clients across a broad spectrum of private equity fund and other private fund matters, including the following:
- Fund Types: buyout; growth equity; real estate; venture capital; infrastructure credit; mezzanine; special opportunity; secondary market transactions; fund of funds; feeder funds; co-investment; distressed debt; and pledge funds/seeding arrangements
- Investment Focus/Sector: energy; financial services/banking/insurance; life sciences; healthcare; education; technology; agriculture; mining/natural resources; and consumer
- Geographic Focus: global; North America/US; Europe; Latin America (including Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico); Asia (including China); Africa; and the emerging markets
- Fund Legal Services: fund formation; investor (LP) representations; secondary market transactions; co-investment transactions; general partner/investment manager formation and structuring; fund regulatory and compliance matters; and fund administration