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Capital Fund Law Group advises emerging and established hedge fund managers on all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations. Our attorneys have spent their legal careers structuring domestic and offshore hedge funds in a wide variety of asset classes and investment strategies.
Our investment fund legal services include start-to-finish counsel with all aspects of launching a domestic or offshore hedge fund. Our offshore fund services include structuring the offering terms, working with offshore counsel to prepare the disclosure documents and agreements and required offshore formation and filing documents.
We have authored numerous industry publications, including eBooks, white papers, sample PPM document excerpts and blog posts dedicated to helping emerging managers understand various aspects of forming hedge funds and other alternative funds (scroll below to read or download). Our firm has been quoted on securities law topics in some of the nation’s leading financial publications, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Business. Capital Fund Law Group was recognized for its exceptional investment fund legal expertise by Wealth and Finance International Magazine’s Alternative Investment Awards in 2014 and 2015.
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Written by the managing partner of Capital Fund Law Group, Forming and Operating a Hedge Fund provides an in-depth guide to assist emerging hedge fund managers through the process of successfully structuring,
Among the key topics discussed are:
This is a brief excerpt of a sample hedge fund Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) with footnoted explanations of the PPM provisions.
The PPM is based on a fictitious master-feeder hedge fund using a global fixed-income arbitrage strategy. The accompanying explanations discuss the reasons behind certain disclosure language as well as a more detailed examination of certain fund topics and how they apply to the disclosure document.
The excerpt also provides drafting tips, best practices recommendations, potential pitfalls and common mistakes in hedge fund PPMs.
Emerging hedge fund managers face a labyrinth of regulatory and tax considerations, investor reporting requirements, and business operation issues. Managers must also balance investor relationships, capital raising, developing their investment strategies, and a myriad of other roles. Operating a hedge fund entails significant legal exposure, with substantial liability for improper disclosure. Even inadvertent mistakes can lead to substantial personal liability.
The structure of a hedge fund is dependent on a number of tax, regulatory, and financial considerations. Fund structure is also driven in large part by the fund’s strategy, such as the degree of liquidity of the portfolio investments. The fund structure should be developed based on careful and thorough analysis with the assistance of an experienced fund attorney.
OUR LEGAL COUNSEL HAS BEEN QUOTED IN LEADING FINANCIAL PUBLICATIONS, INCLUDING FORBES, ENTREPRENEUR, BUSINESS, AND OTHERS. CAPITAL FUND LAW GROUP HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR ITS INVESTMENT FUND EXPERTISE BY WEALTH & FINANCE INTERNATIONAL IN ITSALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT AWARDS.
"There's a lot of short-term trepidation based on regulatory uncertainty based on the SEC, with what the European Union is doing, and what various Asian regulators are doing," said John Lore, managing partner at Capital Fund Law Group.
Lore's firm advises hedge funds and private equity groups in the crypto-space. He said he's seeing an "unprecedented" number of new fund starts continuing from February.
"I think the sell-off this year has more to do with short term concern than any long-term general distaste for the asset," Lore said.
The SEC’s desire to interview cryptocurrency hedge funds, the only asset managers currently operating in the space, seems a logical next step in the development of the digital asset regulatory framework. The probe also underscores the fact that the SEC takes the crypto hedge fund space very seriously and will continue to keep a close eye on it moving forward.
“My experience using Capital Fund Law Group to launch my hedge fund has been outstanding. While I had access to other legal talent, using a true specialist in the space proved to be extremely valuable for my firm. John Lore and his team skillfully guided my team through the necessary steps to get started with the right structure and terms. I value the ongoing relationship I have with this outstanding legal firm, and continue to benefit from the high value added by John and his team in a complex and changing regulatory environment for financial service firms.”
— Joseph Cook | Managing Director | Concentus Global Partners, LLC
“John Lore and the Capital Fund Law Group team were an extremely professional solution for the legal side of my macro hedge fund launch. Their expertise in all matters relevant to the drafting of fund documents and the applicable statutory requirements was evident throughout the process of my launch. I would recommend their counsel highly.”
— Matthew Klecker | Founder, CIO | Klecker Capital Management, LLC