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Private Equity Forum 2012 (Thirteenth Annual)


Speaker(s): Amanda N. Persaud, Andrew J. Bowden, Bruce L. Lieb, David A. Vaughan, David S. Allinson, Edward D. Sopher, Glenn R. Sarno, Heather S. Cruz, Jennifer M. Cattier, Justin G. Hamill, Kenneth J. Berman, Marco V. Masotti, Michael Davis, Prakash Mehta, Stephanie R. Breslow, Vik Sawhney, Whitney A. Chatterjee, Yukako Kawata
Recorded on: Jul. 9, 2012
PLI Program #: 34417

Prakash Mehta is the co-leader of the firm’s investment funds and private equity practices and a member of the firm’s management committee.

Mr. Mehta regularly represents a broad range of investment management clients and advises on complex corporate transactions. He represents private equity and hedge fund sponsors; investment banks; and institutional investors, including endowments, multilateral organizations and multinational groups.

Mr. Mehta regularly advises some of the more prominent private investment fund sponsors and investment banks on all aspects of their business, from capital raising and fund formation to implementation of their business models via complex transactions. Mr. Mehta also advises clients on manager-level transactions such as seed investments in fund managers, the creation of asset managers through joint ventures, and spin-outs of existing asset management teams (including proprietary trading desks). Mr. Mehta’s representation of a broad range of asset managers and institutional investors allows him to keep abreast of emerging trends in the private equity, hedge fund and real estate industries. This knowledge and experience is particularly valuable as convergence across asset classes continues to play out in the marketplace.

Mr. Mehta’s practice includes advising clients on investment and financing transactions, with particular emphasis on complex international transactions. Mr. Mehta evaluates, structures and negotiates private equity-style investments (minority and control), exit transactions (strategic sale, recapitalization, IPO) and other M&A transactions (joint ventures, stock and asset sales). He provides ongoing counseling on investor and portfolio company matters and serves as corporate counsel to public and private portfolio companies.

Mr. Mehta has been recognized for his accomplishments in the investment management industry. Mr. Mehta is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and is on the advisory board of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. He has also been ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, as well as by Institutional Investor as one of 10 Rising Stars of Private Equity and M&A Law. In addition, he is a regular panelist at the Emerging Market Private Equity Forum and has participated as a speaker at the United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development.

Mr. Mehta received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1994 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as associate editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in 1991 from Georgetown University. Mr. Mehta also maintains an office in Washington D.C. He is a member of the New York State Bar.


Vikrant Sawhney is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York. Mr. Sawhney leads the Private Equity Group's capital markets activities and also works closely with GSO, Advisory & Restructuring Group and various other parts of the firm on credit-related matters.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Sawhney worked as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for managing the firm's relationships with Blackstone and several other large private equity firms. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Sawhney was an Associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Mr. Sawhney received a BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.


Justin Hamill

A partner in the Corporate Department, Justin G. Hamill is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and the Private Equity Group.

EXPERIENCE
Justin  advises a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, investment funds and financial institutions, in negotiated and contested M&A transactions, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures, public and private investments and restructuring transactions. He  has substantial experience across a broad array of industries, including media and entertainment, technology, financial services, consumer products, health care and real estate.

Some of his recent representations include:

  • Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG), in connection with its sale to Access Industries for approximately $3.3 billion. ("M&A Deal of the Year," The Deal Magazine, January 2012).;
  • RSC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RRR), in connection with its sale to United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) for approximately $4.2 billion;
  • Great Wolf Resorts (NYSE: WOLF), in connection with its sale to an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC for approximately $800m;
  • Emdeon Inc. (NYSE: EM), in connection with its sale to Blackstone for approximately $3 billion; and
  • TPG Capital, Oaktree Capital Management and JH Investments, in connection with their acquisition of Taylor Morrison/Monarch Homes for approximately $1.2 billion.

EDUCATION
J.D., Boston College Law School, 2003, cum laude
B.A., Dartmouth College, 2000


Bruce L. Lieb is Managing Partner of Proskauer Rose LLP and a member of Proskauer’s private equity group.  Mr. Lieb formerly served as co-Chair of Proskauer’s Corporate Department and as a member of Proskauer’s seven-person Executive Committee.  Mr. Lieb concentrates his practice on private equity transactions, including the formation of private investment funds, institutional investments and mergers and acquisitions.  He represents sponsors of, investors in and placement agents for buyout funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, funds of funds and hedge funds.

Memberships

Private Investment Fund Forum

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers "New York City Corporate Lawyer of the Year" 2013

Lawdragon "500 Leading Lawyers in America" 2007

Lawdragon "3000 Leading Lawyers in America" 2010

Best Lawyers in America 2007-2017

The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2011-2014

US Legal 500: Investment Fund Formation & Management 2007-2010

US Legal 500: Mergers & Acquisitions: Private Equity Buyouts 2007

New York Super Lawyers 2010-2016

Related Practices

Private Investment Funds

Private Equity

Financial Services

Mergers & Acquisitions

Finance

Education

New York University School of Law, J.D., 1979
cum laude
Order of the Coif


Drew Bowden was appointed by Chair Mary Jo White as the Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in June 2013. He joined the SEC in November 2011 and initially served as the National Associate for the Investment Adviser and Investment Company Examination Program.  In September 2012, Mr. Bowden was named Deputy Director of OCIE.

Mr. Bowden began his career as a trial attorney and partner at a major Baltimore law firm, specializing in securities related litigation, arbitration, and regulatory matters.  He later worked for seventeen years at Legg Mason in a variety of roles, including legal, compliance, operations, sales, service, marketing, and corporate governance.  He has also served on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Investment Adviser Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Loyola University Maryland and a law degree, cum laude, from The University of Pennsylvania.


Heather Cruz represents investment advisers and investment banks in connection with the structuring and distribution of U.S. and international private investment products, including private equity funds, multi- and single-strategy hedge funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, credit and distressed debt funds, as well as fund of funds. She also advises clients on the establishment, operation and sale of investment adviser and broker-dealer businesses.

With respect to private investment funds, Ms. Cruz advises clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues and considerations relating to the establishment and operation of private investment funds marketed and operated on a global basis. She also represents institutional investors seeking to invest in private investment funds and in investment advisers.

In addition, Ms. Cruz has extensive experience providing regulatory advice to broker-dealers and investment advisers, including regarding compliance with various aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act, with a particular focus on the Volcker Rule. She also advises on a range of issues relating to U.S. Investment Advisers Act, the U.S. Investment Company Act, and the rules and regulations of FINRA.

Ms. Cruz has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She also was named in Expert Guides – The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen By Their Peers, The Best Lawyers in America and as a worldwide leading lawyer in Euromoney Institutional Investor’s 2015 Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide.

Ms. Cruz received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her M.B.A. from NYU Leonard Stern School of Business. She also holds a B.S. from University of Southern California. Ms. Cruz is member of the Private Investment Funds Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


Jennifer Cattier is a Director and Senior Counsel and the Head of Alternatives Legal for Deutsche Bank Asset and Wealth Management. Prior to that she was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in the Legal and Compliance Division, overseeing legal and compliance matters for private equity funds, hedge funds, and funds of funds. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Ms. Cattier was an Associate in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell. Ms. Cattier received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Trinity College. Ms. Cattier is admitted to the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations.


Stephanie R. Breslow is a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where she is co-head of the Investment Management Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Operating Committee. Currently, Stephanie actively represents more than 50 fund complexes, and her practice includes investment management, partnerships and securities, with a focus on the formation of liquid-securities funds (including hedge funds, hybrid funds, credit funds and activist funds), private equity funds (including LBO, mezzanine, distressed, real estate and venture) as well as providing regulatory advice to investment managers. She also represents fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with seed-capital investments in fund managers and acquisitions of interests in investment-management businesses and funds of funds and other institutional investors in connection with their investment activities, including blockchain technology and virtual currency offerings and transactions.

Stephanie has received the highest industry honors. Among many other recent accomplishments, Stephanie was named to the inaugural Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the category of “Investment Fund Formation and Management: Alternative/Hedge Funds.” The Legal 500 Hall of Fame singled out Stephanie as among the select “individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.” Launched in 2017, the Hall of Fame highlights “the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession.”

Stephanie is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading LawyersChambers Global: The World’s Leading LawyersIFLR1000Best Lawyers in AmericaWho’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (which ranked her one of the world’s “Top Ten Private Equity Lawyers”), Who’s Who Legal’s “Thought Leaders,” Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers (which ranked her at the top of the world’s “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” list), Expert Guide to the Best of the Best USAExpert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Lawyers, Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law and PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook, among other leading directories. Stephanie was named the “Private Funds Lawyer of the Year” at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2014 and the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s “Best in Investment Funds” at the inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards. Stephanie is also recognized as one of The Hedge Fund Journal’s 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds.

Recently serving as chair of the Private Investment Funds Subcommittee of the International Bar Association, Stephanie is a founding member and former chair of the Private Investment Fund Forum. Stephanie is highly sought-after speaker on fund formation and operation and compliance issues, and she regularly publishes articles on the latest trends in these areas.

Stephanie co-authored Private Equity Funds: Formation and Operation (Practising Law Institute) and Hedge Funds: Formation, Operation and Regulation (ALM Law Journal Press). She contributed a chapter on “Hedge Fund Investment in Private Equity” for inclusion in PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook 2005/06 (Practical Law Company), contributed a chapter on “Advisers to Private Equity Funds — Practical Compliance Considerations” for Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation, Volume 2 (Practising Law Institute), and wrote New York and Delaware Business Entities: Choice, Formation, Operation, Financing and Acquisitions (West) and New York Limited Liability Companies: A Guide to Law and Practice (West).

Stephanie earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and her B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University.


Whitney Chatterjee is a member of the Firm’s Investment Management and Financial Services Groups and serves as head of the Alternative Investment Management sub-practice. She counsels investment managers to public and private funds, independent directors and trustees, fund sponsors, private investment funds and financial services companies on a wide variety of matters, including transactional, fund formation, regulatory, compliance and corporate governance matters. 

Ms. Chatterjee has extensive experience providing advice regarding the Volcker Rule, the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act and other federal securities law, including advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions and the offering and operation of registered and unregistered fund products. In collaboration with clients and investment management industry groups, she has been involved in significant legislative and regulatory developments affecting the asset management industry.

Examples of Ms. Chatterjee’s recent matters include acquisitions and sales of strategic interests, and seed investments, in asset managers, private equity, managed account and alternative product fundraisings, advising on regulatory matters affecting banks, registered investment advisers and investment funds and procedures relating to conflicts of interest, material non-public information and other compliance and operational matters.

Ms. Chatterjee is a member of the Board of Directors for the Managed Funds Association. She is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance) area, by Legal 500 USA in the Investment Fund Formation and Management area and by IFLR as a Highly Regarded lawyer.


Mr. Allinson is the global Co-chair of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and the former Co-chair of the Private Equity Practice Group and the New York Corporate Department.

Profile

Mr. Allinson has broad mergers and acquisitions experience, encompassing both public and private acquisitions, dispositions, carve-outs, tender offers, going-private transactions, co-investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters, including corporate governance and takeover defense.

Mr. Allinson primarily focuses his practice on the representation of private equity firms, including ArcLight Capital Partners, The Blackstone Group, Blue Road Capital, Carlyle Power Partners, Columbus Nova Partners, Consonance Capital Partners, Irving Place Capital, One Equity Partners, Ospraie Special Opportunities Group, Panda Power Funds and Rhône Capital.

Experience

Mr. Allinson's private equity experience includes the representation of:

ArcLight Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including its US$2.1 billion acquisition with the Blackstone Energy Group of four power plants from American Electric Power, its acquisition of Associated Asphalt and Axeon Marketing, its acquisition of pipeline interests from BP, its acquisition of Hovensa’s terminal facilities, its acquisition of Leeward Renewable Energy and its acquisition of the New England hydroelectric power portfolio of TransCanada, consisting of 13 facilities.

Blue Road Capital in its acquisition of Diamond of California from Snyder’s-Lance

Carlyle Power Partners and Cogentrix Energy, Inc. in a number of transactions, including the acquisition of Rhode Island State Energy Center, the carve-out sale of 14 Cogentrix Energy power projects to Energy Investors Funds and the sale of Cogentrix Energy’s North American power generation assets and power projects development platform to Carlyle Infrastructure Partners

Shamrock Capital Advisors in its acquisition of Consolis, Inc. and Huron Legal

The Blackstone Group in its US $1.5 billion investment in Cheniere Energy

Dubai International Capital in its sale of MAUSER Group to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for US$1.7 billion

Consonance Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including its acquisition of Bako Integrated Physician Services, its acquisition of Enclara Health,its acquisition of APS Healthcare, its acquisition of The Keystone Peer Review Organization and its acquisition of excelleRx and PBH Holding 

ING U.S. in its sale of private equity limited partnership investment interests to Pomona Capital

Ospraie Special Opportunities Group in a number of transactions, including the creation of the Fermaca Global joint venture, Fermaca Global’s acquisition of Mexican pipeline assets, Fermaca Global’s development of the Chihuahua Pipeline and the sale of pipeline assets to Partners Group

US Power Generating Company in its sale to Tenaska Capital Management


Mr. Davis is a member of Davis Polk’s M&A Department. He advises U.S. and international corporate and private equity clients on a full range of transactions, both domestic and cross-border, including mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and collaborations, spinoffs and restructurings, special committee representations and defensive and corporate governance advice.  Recent representations include:

Lightyear Capital on various matters including its pending sale of RidgeWorth to Virtus, its sale of Clarion Partners to Legg Mason, its investment in Wealth Enhancement Group, its investment in Pathlight Capital, and on the sale of Swett & Craword by its portfolio company, Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford, to BB&T Metalmark Capital on various matters including its investment in Kissner and Worldstrides and Kissner on its acquisition of Central Salt Crestview on various matters including its investment in Arxis Capital and on its sale of Key Safety Systems Anacor on its sale to Pfizer Biotie on its sale to Acorda Prosensa on its sale to BioMarin Baker Hughes on its proposed combination with GE’s Oil & Gas business Warner Chilcott on its merger with Actavis Heinz on its sale to 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Bertelsmann on the formation of Penguin Random House.

Michael is currently based in Davis Polk’s New York office.  He worked at Davis Polk’s London office from 2003-2004.  Michael is recognized in several legal industry publications, including: Chambers USA: Corporate/M&A, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.  He speaks regularly as a panelist on a variety of topics, including most recently at the Japan Society’s seminar on Activism, Independence, Stewardship – Current Trends in U.S. and Japanese Corporate Governance, The Trout Group’s Private Company Showcase, and the 9th Annual Wall Street Unplugged seminar for life science companies.


Ms. Kawata is co-head of Davis Polk’s Investment Management/Private Funds Group. She advises clients on the formation and operation of private investment funds and other investment vehicles exempt under the U.S. Investment Company Act, including private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds, fund of funds and funds investing in particular sectors or countries. She also advises clients on the establishment and operations of private fund managers, including private equity and hedge fund firms.

In the private funds practice, Ms. Kawata advises clients on the full spectrum of legal and marketing considerations involved in establishing private funds with diverse investment strategies that are marketed to investors on a worldwide basis, including institutional investors and high net worth individuals. She also advises fund sponsors seeking to establish “carried interest” plans and other profit-sharing arrangements for their employees, as well as various types of after-tax and phantom employee investment programs. In addition, her practice includes the representation of institutional investors seeking to invest in private funds, such as private equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds.

She advises numerous private funds and private fund sponsors and advisers as to the regulatory considerations applicable to their ongoing operations and investment activities, including compliance with the U.S. Investment Advisers Act and the U.S. Investment Company Act. Her practice includes compliance reviews of hedge fund managers and private equity fund managers under the Investment Advisers Act, as well as advice on the effect of a private fund’s investment activities on the ongoing operations of other businesses affiliated with the private fund. In addition, Ms. Kawata has obtained exemptive relief from the SEC for employee investment funds as “employees’ securities companies” under the Investment Company Act.

RECOGNITION

Ms. Kawata was named one of the "Lawyers of the Year" for Private Fund - Regulatory at the 2016 Who's Who Legal Awards.

She is consistently recognized as a leading private equity fund formation lawyer in various industry publications:

Chambers Global – Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation: USA, Band 1, 2017

Chambers USA – Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation: Nationwide, Band 1, 2016

IFLR1000
Legal 500 U.S.

Who’s Who Legal–International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal–International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers

Cross-Border Private Equity Handbook and Cross-Border Investment Funds Handbooks

Expert Guides: Private Equity Lawyers, Lawyers–Best of the Best and Investment Funds Lawyers


Amanda N. Persaud is a Partner at Ropes & Gray. Her practice focuses on the organization, fund raising and operation of private investment funds, including private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, credit funds and other asset classes such as special situations, secondary and hybrid funds.

Ms. Persaud has led numerous fund raises for prominent U.S. and international sponsors.  She has significant experience advising sponsors in structuring and reorganizing private investment funds as well as advising sponsors with their internal governance and economic arrangements.  Ms. Persaud regularly advises on strategic investments in, and sales of, alternative asset management businesses, including purchasing minority stakes in asset managers.

Ms. Persaud is listed as a leading private funds lawyer in Law Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers and Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers and Expert Guide to Women in Business and The Legal 500 U.S.

Ms. Persaud has written numerous publications and speaks regularly at industry and professional conferences on a wide-range of topics affecting private investment funds.


David A. Vaughan focuses his practice on investment management, primarily private funds.

David Vaughan has been practicing in the private fund space for well over two decades, including serving for two years as the senior private fund policy adviser in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, advising on all aspects of legal and regulatory policy related to private funds. During that period, he played a leading role in advising on Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the rules implementing those provisions, the Volcker Rule, and the European Union Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, among other things.

Mr. Vaughan works with hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds and unregistered traditional funds. He represents managers with respect to fund formation, distribution and compliance issues, as well as enforcement matters. He has also represented both insurance companies and fund sponsors with respect to privately placed and offshore variable insurance products.

Mr. Vaughan is a former Director of the Managed Funds Association. In 2010, he received the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s Law and Policy Award, and the Federal Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee’s Philip A. Loomis, Jr. Award. He has been recommended as a leading lawyer for investment funds by both Chambers Global and Chambers USA. According to the most recent edition, market sources describe him as “one of the best technical lawyers and note that he has a great understanding of the laws that impact our industry. He displays intimate knowledge of AIFMD, the Volcker Rule and the Dodd-Frank Act, among other matters.” Past editions state that “the ‘wonderful’ David Vaughan handles an impressive range of structuring and compliance matters for large and small hedge managers alike. He brings particular insight to regulatory policies concerning private funds.” Mr. Vaughan is recommended by The Legal 500 (US), which states that he “is noted for his knowledge of algorithmic trading issues.” He was also listed by Institutional Investor as one of the “Top 20 Hedge Fund Rising Stars,” and as a leading lawyer in the category of U.S. investment funds by IFLR 1000. He was recently a recipient of Dechert’s “Exceptional Teachers Award,” selected by lawyers in the firm for encouraging individual thinking and creativity, and giving associates opportunities to learn and gain experience in many areas.

Mr. Vaughan is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including:

  • European Hedge Fund Investment Forum
  • European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA, formerly FEFSI)
  • The Alternative Investment Management Association (Hong Kong and Singapore)
  • Investment Adviser Association Annual Compliance Conference
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Hedge Fund Roundtable
  • Investment Company Institute Conference on Mutual Funds & Investment Management in Asia
  • MAR Hedge International Conference on Hedge Fund Investments in Bermuda
  • Investment Company Institute Mutual Funds & Investment Management Conference
  • 13th Annual Global Private Equity Conference
  • IA Compliance Best Practices Summit
  • NICSA’s 25th Anniversary Annual Conference & Expo
  • IIR Soft Dollar Practices Forum

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1990, cum laude
  • Bowling Green State University, B.A., 1987, cum laude

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


Edward D. Sopher is a corporate partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Mr. Sopher is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Investment Funds Practice Group.

Mr. Sopher’s practice focuses on the establishment and operation of private investment funds, including private equity funds, funds of funds, hedge funds, distressed investment funds and real estate funds.  He has extensive experience representing the investment managers and sponsors of these funds, as well as institutional investors, seed investors, placement agents and joint venture partners.  His clients include AE Industrial Partners, Argonaut, Credit Suisse, GoldPoint Partners, GCM Grosvenor, Hamilton Lane, Investcorp, Neuberger Berman, Ottawa Avenue, Sheridan Production Partners, StepStone Group, Strategic Partners Fund Solutions and Third Point, among others.

Representing his investment fund clients in their investment activities, he has been involved in a wide variety of investment, private equity and financing transactions.  He regularly represents secondary investment funds in their investment activities.  His experience also extends to transactions involving investment management firms, including spin-outs, acquisitions, financings and joint ventures.

Mr. Sopher also represents financial institutions in connection with their partnership and employee profit participation arrangements.  In addition to fund servicing and transactional work, he also advises his clients on SEC regulatory compliance and other general corporate matters.

Mr. Sopher is consistently featured in various publications as a leading lawyer in the area of private fund formation, including The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The International Financial Law Review, The Legal 500 United States, Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global:  The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers, the Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers and the PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook.  Chambers notes that Mr. Sopher is “an outstanding expert in his field” and that he “provides fantastic cross-border support.”

Mr. Sopher is a member of several bar committees and a frequent speaker on matters relating to private investment funds.

Mr. Sopher was born in London, England, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and his Master of Arts in 1985 from Cambridge University.  He is a member of the New York Bar and is also a solicitor in England and Wales.


Kenneth J. Berman is a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and a member of the firm’s Investment Management and Financial Institutions Groups. His practice focuses on investment management regulatory issues and related corporate and securities law matters. Prior to joining Debevoise, Ken was Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers, Subcommittee on Private Investment Entities), the District of Columbia Bar and the New York City Bar Association (Investment Management Regulation Committee). Ken was the co-editor of International Survey of Investment Adviser Regulation (3rd ed.).  He is an adjunct professor of law in Georgetown University’s LLM program.  He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review; he received his B.A. from Dickinson College.


Marco V. Masotti is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. For over two decades, Marco has led and built the firm’s private funds group into one of the elite practices in the marketplace. He has also served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Marco’s clients include a “who’s who” of alternative asset managers, including Apollo, Avenue, Blackstone/GSO, General Atlantic, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., KPS, Oak Hill, Reservoir, Roark, Silver Point and Värde. He also counsels many founders and partners of private equity and hedge fund businesses on their strategic initiatives. Marco represented former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in connection with his joining a major private equity firm.

Over his career, he has assisted with numerous multi-billion dollar fundraises and last year led Apollo’s record-breaking fundraise of $24.7 billion for its flagship buyout fund. Ranked Band 1 in Chambers, Marco is described as a “spectacular private funds practitioner who brings deep industry insight to the mega capital-raising mandates” and clients “trust his judgment completely.” In 2016, he was named one of four lawyers in the nation as an Asset Management MVP by Law360. Marco has been featured by The Deal as one of the ‘Movers & Shakers’ in the industry named by Crain’s New York Business to its annual “40 Under 40” list, and profiled by the New York Observer as one of New York’s top corporate lawyers. Private Equity International named Marco one of “The 100 Most Influential of the Decade.”

Marco was awarded a Fulbright Placement Award upon graduating from the University of Natal Faculty of Law.

EDUCATION

  • LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992
  • LL.B., University of Natal Faculty of Law, 1991 cum laude
  • B.A., University of Natal, 1988

CLERKSHIP

  • Hon. Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa


Glenn practices in the Corporate Department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, focusing on private investment funds and other facets of “alternative asset management.” He has represented some of the largest and most well-known private fund sponsors on a global basis, in many different asset categories, including traditional private equity, real estate, energy, infrastructure, debt, RMBS, CMBS, CDOs, food and agriculture, healthcare, education, manager stakes, seed capital, co-investment and secondaries.

Glenn also has extensive experience with fund-of-funds, feeder funds, separately managed accounts, employee securities companies, minority stake investments in firms, and listed fund products. He has represented numerous hedge fund sponsors as well. Glenn has represented sponsors in global “house-team” arrangements and has also worked on minority stake sales, “spin-outs” of private equity and hedge fund businesses and the creation and expansion of numerous boutique firms as well as the creation of alternatives platforms within larger institutions.

Glenn practiced in the Firm’s London office for two years, where he lead international fund formation matters, including country-focused funds investing in Italy, Eastern Europe, Russia and Hungary as well as those with a pan-European or Asian regional focus.

Glenn served for three years as the Chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Private Investment Funds, a 43-member committee comprised of leading in-house and external counsel practicing in the alternatives industry. He is also a member of the Private Investment Fund Forum, a group comprising New York City attorneys practicing extensively in the private funds area.  Glenn serves as a member of the Corporate and M&A Advisory Boards of Practical Law, a service of Thomson Reuters, and was for several years a member of the Advisory Board of the Private Equity CFO Association. He has lectured extensively and published on alternative asset management topics in the United States and abroad.

Glenn is listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers’ Global and USA Guides to the World’s Leading Business Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Private Fund Lawyers and other similar publications.

Glenn received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Connecticut in 1989, where he was a University Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D., with honors, from the Duke University School of Law in 1992, where he was the winner of the Hardt Cup moot court competition and the Best Judge award in the Dean’s Cup competition. Prior to joining Simpson Thacher in 1993, Glenn clerked for the Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey.