Private Funds

Weil’s Private Funds practice has a global footprint, with highly ranked practitioners in the United States and Europe. Our team of more than 60 full-time dedicated private funds lawyers is able to serve all of our clients’ needs, wherever they are based and wherever they are raising funds.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

Unrivalled diversity

Our top-notch client base covers a broad range of the fund sponsor spectrum, from some of the largest, most well-established players to emerging participants. We have formed funds for a significant number of clients ranging from multi-billion dollar funds, to middle-market funds, to funds for emerging clients.

Depth of Experience

Our Private Funds lawyers specialize in:

  • The formation of private investment funds of all sizes and investment strategies, including buyout funds, growth equity funds, middle market funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds, debt funds, funds-of-funds, secondary funds, special situations funds and hedge funds;
  • The establishment of investment firms (including negotiating investment professionals’ exits from prior employers) and advising on their operation, regulation and internal governance arrangements, including strategic issues such as succession planning, monetization alternatives, the admission of new firm partners and separation matters;
  • Advising on the acquisition and sale of minority and majority stakes in fund sponsors as well as spinouts of fund businesses and management teams;
  • Representing buyers and sellers of portfolios of private fund interests in secondary transactions;
  • Counseling sponsor clients who are considering “public capital” alternatives, including the creation of publicly listed private equity funds and management companies;
  • Structuring “non-fund” investment arrangements, such as managed accounts, for sponsors and/or small investor groups, as well as co-investment vehicles;
  • Creating carried interest and employee co-investment schemes and advising on executive incentivization and retention arrangements; and
  • Representing institutional investors, including sovereign wealth and major pension funds, in connection with their investments in funds and participation in co-investments and other related transactions.

Market-leading and innovative

Weil helps shape the market with novel and forward-thinking approaches to fund terms and structures. We are regularly retained by both new and existing clients to advise on transformational transactions and matters of high strategic importance to the fund managers themselves. Much of our work involves innovative solutions to complex issues and extends beyond the mere “cookie-cutter” assignments. By combining our private funds regulatory capabilities across the United States and Europe, we are able to offer clients unique insights into global regulatory and tax developments that affect their fundraisings.

360-degree coverage for clients

Weil’s Private Funds practice is fully integrated with our transactional practices, allowing us to provide comprehensive support for all our private funds clients. We also offer dedicated tax and regulatory professionals that keep clients up to speed on the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Dodd-Frank (including “Volcker Rule” provisions), and AIFMD. We provide 24/7 commercial advice to managers on the raising of capital, the deployment of capital and the realization of their investments for the entire duration of their funds’ lives. Our Private Funds practice is highly integrated with the Firm’s Private Equity execution practice and our clients benefit from seamless commercial advice across both the formation and investment processes.

Representative Clients

  • Actis
  • Affinity Equity Partners
  • Altas Partners
  • American Securities
  • Apax Partners
  • Apollo Global Management
  • aPriori Capital Partners
  • Aquiline Technology Growth
  • ARA
  • Argos Soditic
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Brookfield Asset Management
  • Castleforge Partners
  • Centre Partners
  • CLSA Capital Partners
  • Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Credit Suisse
  • Crow Holdings
  • Dalmore Capital
  • Disruptive Capital Finance
  • Genstar Capital
  • Goldman Sachs
  • The Gores Group
  • Graphite Capital
  • Incus Capital
  • InfraRed Capital Partners
  • Kainos Capital
  • Lee Equity Partners
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Lindsay Goldberg
  • Macquarie
  • Montagu Private Equity
  • New Horizon Capital
  • PAI Partners
  • Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Performance Equity Management
  • Quad Partners
  • Snow Phipps Group
  • Strattam Capital
  • Stripes Group, LLC
  • Tritium Partners
  • Whitehelm Capital
  • WL Ross & Co.
  • York Capital Management

Key Contacts

Jonathon G. Soler

Jonathon G. Soler


New York

Ed Gander

Ed Gander



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Weil Named “Law Firm of the Year” in North America (Fund Formation)

PEI 2017

Weil Named a “Leading” Firm for Private Equity Funds in the U.S. and U.K.


Ranked Tier 1 for Private Funds and Real Estate Funds

Legal 500 UK

Ranked Tier 1 Nationwide for Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Weil has “a great mix of expertise globally, both at partner and associate level,” and stands out as “a go-to law firm for high-value and complex fund formation.”

Legal 500 US

Weil has “a really global practice. Really well linked with their private equity and M&A practices, so it's an integrated experience, which is very helpful to us. We think they are top notch and are very comfortable giving them our most challenging and complex mandates.”


Weil has “the firepower, resources and expertise for the most challenging projects” and stands “at the very top of the market for fund formations.”

Legal 500 UK

Three lawyers named to “Legal Power 30” list of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers in the world today

Private Equity Manager

Consistently recognized as a top firm for Private Equity: Fund Formation global-wide, as well as in the U.S. and U.K.

Chambers & Partners

Weil’s funds team provides thoughtful and practical advice and is incredibly knowledgeable about what's going on in the marketplace.”

Chambers USA

They do high-quality work and they're generally knowledgeable about what the important things are to us and what are the less important things, which makes life easier. It's like a marriage and one that works incredibly well.”

Chambers USA

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