August 1, 2023

New York, NY, August 1, 2023 -- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that private funds attorney Matthew Block has joined the Firm as a partner in the Asset Management Department. Matt is based in Willkie’s New York office. His practice is focused on private equity fund formation with a particular emphasis on secondaries and other liquidity solutions focused transactions.

“Matt is a talented advisor with a comprehensive set of skills in the private fund formation sector and we are delighted to welcome him to our team,” said Phil Isom, Chair of Willkie’s Global Private Funds Practice. “Our activity in the secondaries sector has been growing rapidly, representing both sponsors and investors in GP-led secondaries transactions, as well as buyers and sellers of portfolio interests in traditional portfolio sales. Matt’s significant fund formation and transactional experience in the liquidity solutions space further enhances the scale of our practice group and reflects our commitment to meeting our clients’ expanding needs.”  

Matt regularly advises fund sponsors on the formation and operation of private equity funds, real estate funds, credit funds, distressed funds and seed capital funds. He has advised on fund raises ranging from under $100 million to over $30 billion. In addition to his fund formation practice and work on GP-led secondaries, recapitalizations and investments, he has also advised clients in GP-stakes transactions and seeding arrangements. Matt was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. A certified public accountant, he is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Matt commented: “Willkie is known for its world-class asset management practice and I’m excited to join the Firm’s talented team of practitioners, adding to the depth of its global funds practice. The demand from sponsors and investors for liquidity solutions is experiencing exponential growth and the chance to continue the growth of my practice on the Willkie platform is a fantastic opportunity.”

Matt’s addition follows several other significant additions to Willkie’s Private Funds practice in the past two years. In 2022, partners Gabriel Acri and Larissa Marcellino joined in New York, and David Hong in Los Angeles. In addition, last month, partner Brian Baltz joined Willkie’s Asset Management Department in Washington.

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 110 attorneys across seven offices in the U.S. and Europe, we advise on the full spectrum of investment management matters, including fund formations, investments, restructurings, fund financings, GP stake sales and purchases, liquidity and capital solutions transactions and operational, compliance and regulatory issues. The Department’s 250+ clients include some of the world’s most prominent asset management firms. 

Willkie is ranked as a leading firm for Private Equity: Fund Formation and Hedge Funds by the 2023 editions of Chambers USA and Chambers Europe, with 12 individually ranked private equity fund and hedge fund attorneys in our Private Funds practice group. In 2022, Law360 recognized Willkie as a Fund Formation Practice Group of the Year for our notable private funds work. In addition, Willkie has one of the most experienced and multidisciplinary asset management teams in the market, 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. 

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