Willkie’s preeminent Asset Management Group provides legal services to a wide array of clients in the asset management industry, including independent investment advisers, publicly traded investment managers, broker dealers, insurance companies and banks. We regularly advise asset managers on subjects ranging from operations, to fund formations, to compliance and regulation. We provide insight and knowledge into the legal needs of sponsors of public and private funds alike, allowing us to bring a practical, efficient approach to analyzing issues and solving problems. The group is Chambers rated in both regulated and private funds and was named “Investment Funds Firm of the Year” at the 2014 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence. Ours is one of the most sophisticated and respected teams in the Asset Management industry.
Our practice is multidisciplinary and closely integrated within the Firm. The group’s lawyers are regularly supported by many of the Firm's other department and practice groups such as Tax, ERISA, Derivatives, Corporate Finance, Bank Finance, Bankruptcy, Real Estate and Litigation to deliver comprehensive legal advice to our broad range of clients.
We represent a full spectrum of asset management companies of all sorts from investment banking firms, insurance companies and alternative asset managers, to small boutiques and family offices, on all aspects of their business.
Our diverse regulated fund client base includes some of the largest fund complexes in the United States as well as smaller and specialty fund groups.
We advise an ever increasing number of hedge funds (including some of the largest and best know), hedge funds of funds, hybrid funds, reinsurance-related private funds and their advisers, managers and general partners on all aspects of their business.
Private Equity Funds
The group represents a broad spectrum of private equity sponsors, from boutique sponsors and emerging managers to bulge-bracket alternative asset managers, advising on structuring and formation of domestic and international investment funds, funds of funds, managed accounts, pledge funds, investment management arrangements, carried interest plans, management company arrangements, co-investment arrangements, and related regulatory compliance.
We are active in the area of commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs), advising them on structuring matters, registration and all applicable regulations.
We represent broker-dealers, bank holding company affiliates, and other securities professionals in their dealings in the U.S. and foreign capital and derivative markets. We advise them on all aspects of U.S. securities regulation, including regulation by the SEC, national securities exchanges, and self-regulatory organizations.