Neesa Patel Sood

Partner

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1232
F 202 303 2232
nsoodwillkie.com

Neesa Patel Sood is a partner in the Asset Management Department. She counsels registered funds and their independent board members, as well as investment advisers, across a wide range of regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. She regularly provides advice regarding the structuring, launch and operation of registered funds and fund governance. Additionally, she advises on the full range of issues facing funds, their boards and advisers, such as compliance, disclosure and activist matters as well as fund restructurings and merger and acquisition transactions.

Chambers USA (2022) recognizes Neesa as an Up and Coming Practitioner in the area of Registered Funds (Nationwide), where she is commended by clients for “always looking for ways to strengthen our processes while giving suggestions to solve problems.”

In The Legal 500 U.S. (2021) she is praised by clients for her continuing "to stand out in her understanding of investment company regulations and industry practices.”

Highlights

Neesa Patel Sood is a partner in the Asset Management Department. She counsels registered funds and their independent board members, as well as investment advisers, across a wide range of regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. She regularly provides advice regarding the structuring, launch and operation of registered funds and fund governance. Additionally, she advises on the full range of issues facing funds, their boards and advisers, such as compliance, disclosure and activist matters as well as fund restructurings and merger and acquisition transactions.

Chambers USA (2022) recognizes Neesa as an Up and Coming Practitioner in the area of Registered Funds (Nationwide), where she is commended by clients for “always looking for ways to strengthen our processes while giving suggestions to solve problems.”

In The Legal 500 U.S. (2021) she is praised by clients for her continuing "to stand out in her understanding of investment company regulations and industry practices.”

Selected Significant Matters

  • Represented independent trustees of a large fund complex, consisting of open-end funds and closed-end funds, including through a change of control transaction involving their investment adviser and on fund governance matters.
  • Represented multiple sponsors in connection with launching their first publicly-traded ETFs (including ESG focused ETFs).
  • Represented various fund managers in the organization and offering of several unique "alternative" mutual funds.
  • Represented multiple fund sponsors in negotiation of service and advisory arrangements with third parties.
  • Represented several major fund sponsors in the consolidation of their fund products.
  • Represented investment advisers and registered fund complexes in seeking exemptive orders from the SEC.
  • Represented a closed-end fund sponsor in one of the first shelf registrations of a closed-end fund as a well-known seasoned issuer.
  • Represented multiple sponsors in closed-end fund initial public offerings.
  • Advised several closed-end funds and their sponsors in shelf-offerings of rights to acquire common stock.
  • Advised closed-end funds in actions to address discounts and responding to activist shareholders.
  • Represented adviser in connection with adoption of interval fund.
  • Represented clients in asset management M&A transactions, including Victory Capital in its acquisition of USAA Asset Management Company.

Prior Experience

Neesa was a Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Law Fellow in 2006.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Neesa serves on the Advisory Committee for the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Greater D.C. Community Foundation, which supports educational and enrichment programs and initiatives for underserved youth in the greater Washington DC area. She serves as the liaison to Horton’s Kids, the Foundation’s current principal grantee.

Neesa is also a member of the DC Chapters of Women in ETFs and 100 Women in Finance.

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Up And Coming - Registered Funds (Nationwide), Chambers USA 2022
  • Rising Star, Mutual Fund Industry and ETF Awards, Fund Intelligence (2021)
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll – High Honors, D.C. Courts (2021)
  • Rising Star in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers (2018-2020)
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, D.C. Courts (2020)
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree, recognition for pro bono contributions (2017)
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll – High Honors, D.C. Courts (2016)

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Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Up And Coming - Registered Funds (Nationwide), Chambers USA 2022
  • Rising Star, Mutual Fund Industry and ETF Awards, Fund Intelligence (2021)
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll – High Honors, D.C. Courts (2021)
  • Rising Star in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers (2018-2020)
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, D.C. Courts (2020)
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree, recognition for pro bono contributions (2017)
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll – High Honors, D.C. Courts (2016)
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