Private Equity & Hedge Funds

Shearman & Sterling's Private Equity & Hedge Fund practice provides a full range of fund formation, transactional and regulatory services to hedge fund, limited and general partner private equity clients, portfolio companies and real estate investment entities. Our clients include hedge funds and sponsors, venture capital investors and funds, buy-out funds, private equity firms, funds of funds and specialized pension fund vehicles. Drawing on our asset management, merger and acquisition, finance, capital markets and employee benefits/ERISA and executive compensation groups, our Private Equity & Hedge Fund group is a comprehensive, integrated global practice with experience across all industry groups.

Shearman & Sterling has active private equity, hedge fund and venture capital clients throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our lawyers have unique strength in growing areas of the industry including large club deals. Known as a market leader in the M&A, capital markets and finance fields, our sophisticated practices are recognized by the marketplace as a resource for complex, high-profile deals.

Our practice areas include:

Private Equity

  • Fund formation, including US and non-US funds
  • Fund capitalization
  • Fund investment activity in US and non-US entities
  • Portfolio company management issues and transactions
  • Equity and asset investments
  • Deal Financing
  • Fund exits, including: sales and other M&A activity, capital market transactions including IPO, and recapitalization

Hedge Funds/Venture Capital

  • Fund formation of public and private funds in US and all non-US jurisdictions
  • Litigation, arbitrations and investigations, including SEC, NASD and stock exchange matters
  • Federal and state securities regulation compliance for investment vehicles and managers
  • Commodities futures regulatory matters
  • Tax issues
  • ERISA and IRA issues
  • Trading and Market Regulation
  • Derivatives and Prime Brokerage

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