Barton’s hedge fund practice combines the traditional strengths of the firm with attorneys who have significant industry experience, including the former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for a leading private equity firm, and a former FINRA Compliance Examiner. This combination provides clients with experienced, practical advice and access to a plethora of disciplines.
Our lawyers’ industry experience provides an invaluable perspective on the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing participants in the hedge fund industry. This perspective adds to our expertise in the negotiation, structuring and documentation of complex relationships between hedge funds and their investment managers, trading counterparties, investors and third party service providers. These relationships are often underpinned by increasingly complex and often dynamic cross-border legal, tax and regulatory regimes.
The firm’s lawyers have significant experience launching hedge funds across the spectrum of investment strategies. They have also assisted hedge fund managers in a broad range of business ventures, such as the negotiation, modification, and termination of seed capital arrangements; acquisition of new investment strategies through employment, business, business acquisitions and joint ventures; and private equity investments in advisory entities.
Our lawyers have advised hedge funds in the full range of their investment activities. Much of this advice has been transactional, leveraging the firm’s capabilities in such areas as M&A, capital markets and energy. In other instances, our lawyers assist in the establishment of prime brokerage and other trading relationships, as well as structuring and documentation of derivatives transactions. Of current significance, Barton attorneys also represent funds in the legal analysis and due diligence of distressed companies, their credit facilities, and the myriad of issues that arise from any corresponding bankruptcy filing. We represent hedge funds’ distressed asset, debt and claims acquisitions and divestitures.
In addition to the representation of hedge funds and their managers, Barton represents institutional investors, service providers and others for whom hedge funds are increasingly significant. Here, too, our lawyers’ industry experience equips the firm to generate creative and effective solutions to today’s challenges.