Seward & Kissel attorneys represent fund sponsors, their portfolio companies and their institutional investors. We provide counsel on fund formation, management company structuring, investor negotiations and portfolio company transactions. Our experience covers various strategies including private credit, venture capital/growth equity, buyout, secondaries, real estate and other real asset classes. Working closely with the Firm’s other practice areas, such as business transactions  and taxation, and as active participants in the private equity industry, we are at the forefront of the legal, regulatory and business trends affecting private equity fund sponsors.

Our attorneys have significant experience counseling private equity fund sponsors on all aspects of their business, including the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to investment advisers, as well as their underlying funds. We work with our clients throughout all phases of a fund’s life cycle – from structuring and formation to capital raising to acquisition and exit of its investments. We collaborate with our clients to help them achieve their investment objectives as we offer creative, informed perspectives on the various legal and business issues they may be facing.

Seward & Kissel regularly advises and represents private equity clients, as well as institutional and other investors, as it relates to:

  • Capital Raising and Marketing
  • Co-Investments
  • Compensation & Incentive Structuring
  • Compliance and Regulatory Matters
  • Fund Formation

  • Fund Term Developments
  • Investor Negotiations
  • Management Company and GP Structuring
  • Subscription Financing
  • Tax Structuring

With respect to Private Equity transactions, attorneys in Seward & Kissel’s Business Transactions Group have significant experience representing private equity firms on the full spectrum of transactions such as minority investments, joint ventures, buyouts and exit transactions including:

Representative Experience

Set forth below is a select list of our recent experience:

  • $1.8 billion private fund focused on investing in stage-agnostic private companies
  • $4.25 billion private equity fund investing in private and public technology companies
  • $355 million private equity fund focused on investing in mid and late stage private companies
  • $130 million private equity fund acquiring and aggregating select music rights
  • $320 million private equity fund focusing on investment in Southeast Asian online and mobile payment processing and banking companies
  • $75 million fund of funds investing in buyout, venture capital, international and real estate funds as well as natural resource focused funds