Institutional Investors

Overview

Stradley Ronon provides practical, high-quality service tailored to the specific needs of our institutional investor clients.

In particular, during this time of heightened regulatory oversight, our attorneys provide institutional investors sophisticated and effective guidance on issues related to investing in private investment funds. We provide comprehensive services, including legal due diligence, advising on market practices and SEC areas of focus and actions, and negotiating side letters.

Institutional Investors

Comprehensive Integrated Service

Our private fund professionals understand the needs of our institutional investor clients. We offer not only advice on investing in private funds but also the resources of our nationally recognized investment management practice. Taking an integrated, multidisciplinary approach, we work closely with other Stradley attorneys who specialize in securities, commodities, derivatives, corporate, real estate, structured finance, tax and ERISA matters to provide seamless service across the board.


Multifaceted Experience

In addition to providing high-quality legal work, our attorneys leverage their wealth of experience in the private fund space, including prior regulatory and in-house roles with the SEC and CFTC, as well as in risk, legal compliance and operations. Far from an “ivory tower” approach, our attorneys have operated in the trenches at both institutional investors and private funds – for example, serving on an investment committee of a bank, as a director of offshore funds, and as chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and/ or chief operating officer for private funds – and provide practical advice on investing in private funds honed by years of experience in this area.

We represent a wide array of institutional investors, including banks, trusts, endowments, foundations, corporations and family offices seeking guidance on their investments in various types of private funds.

We provide guidance to our clients on the unique attributes of hedge funds, private equity funds, funds-of- funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds, and similar vehicles, and have successfully negotiated investments in excess of $4 billion for our institutional investor clients, including:

  • Reviewing and analyzing offering memoranda, governing and organizational documents, subscription documents, and any related documents proposed by the fund or the manager.
  • Analyzing market terms, providing insight into terms and conditions, and advising on developments throughout the world.
  • Creating an issues list with an emphasis on each client’s particular sensitivities. 
  • Preparing and negotiating side letters resulting in more favorable terms for our clients’ investments.
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Publications

  • CFTC and SEC Registration Considerations for Private Fund Managers
    NIBA Journal
    September 20, 2016
    Publications

  • NFA ByLaw 1101: Application of NFA ByLaw 1101 in Various Common Scenarios
    NIBA Journal
    July 30, 2015
    Publications

  • CFTC/NFA/CME Regulatory Updates
    NIBA Journal
    March 20, 2015
    Publications

  • Annual Compliance Obligation Reminders
    VP Newsletter
    February 23, 2015
    Publications

  • Housekeeping, Reminders and Updates
    VP Client Alert
    October 23, 2014
    Publications

  • CFTC, NFA and CME Regulatory Updates
    VP Thought Leadership
    September 24, 2014
    Publications

  • CFTC and NFA Regulatory Updates
    VP Client Alert
    June 13, 2014
    Publications

  • Housekeeping Compliance Updates: CFTC/NFA/SEC/FINRA/International
    NIBA Journal
    May 13, 2014
    Publications

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