Willkie’s preeminent Asset Management Department leverages comprehensive subject matter experience and capabilities across all asset classes to advise virtually all types of participants in the asset management industry, including privately owned sponsors and investment managers, publicly-traded asset management firms, broker-dealers, insurance companies, wealth management platforms, and banks, among others. With more than 120 attorneys across seven offices in the United States and Europe, Willkie’s Asset Management team advises on the full spectrum of investment management matters, including fund formations, investments, restructurings, fund financings, asset management M&A, secondaries transactions, liquidity and capital solutions, fund “adoptions,” and operational, compliance and regulatory issues. 

Clients turn to Willkie’s Asset Management team not only for our industry-wide coverage, but also for our “can-do” attitude and creative, common sense approach. Our team, which includes attorneys with extensive regulatory, private practice and in-house backgrounds, has particularly deep experience in the design and launch of innovative new products and investment strategies across the regulatory spectrum. Our deep and broad market coverage positions us at the forefront of developments in the investment management sector, enabling us to provide creative, timely advice on our clients’ most important matters. Our knowledge of both regulated and private fund structures gives us extensive insight into the convergence of traditional and alternative asset management.

Ours is one of the most experienced and multidisciplinary asset management teams in the market, as evidenced by our position as one of only three firms ranked by Chambers USA 2023 for each of Registered Funds, Private Equity: Fund Formation, Hedge Funds, and Investment Funds: Regulatory & Compliance. Our Investment Funds practice is also highly ranked in France by Chambers Europe 2024. Willkie has been named as a finalist for the “Best Law Firm Award” by the 2023 and 2024 Fund Intelligence Operations & Services Awards and has been recognized as the “Law Firm of the Year” in Mutual Funds Law in the 2023 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” report. In addition, Law360 recognized Willkie in its “Practice Group of the Year” awards for 2022, honoring the firm as one of six named for achievements in the Fund Formation category. Willkie is one of only three firms ranked in Band 1 for Investment Funds: Regulatory & Compliance by Chambers USA 2023.

We regularly draw upon the extensive experience of colleagues in the Firm’s other practice areas, such as Tax, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits (including ERISA), Structured Finance & Derivatives, Finance, Business Reorganization & Restructuring and Litigation, to deliver comprehensive legal advice to our clients.


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