As noted in Legal 500 (2013), Bracewell “has a broad capability spanning fund formation and regulatory compliance matters,” and “’a youthful and extremely user-friendly’ team of alternative funds specialists.” We offer a full-service private funds practice, drawing on the experience of numerous lawyers with diverse legal knowledge, including fund formation, compliance and regulatory issues, enforcement, and asset management mergers and acquisitions.
We combine fund formation experience with tax capabilities and a deep bench of regulatory professionals, to offer a full complement of services to sponsors and investors. We assist in the formation of industry-focused funds in sectors such as power, oil and gas, natural resources, renewables, real estate, and technology. We represent a mix of start-up and established funds and fund managers.
In the compliance and regulatory arenas, we advise on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state investment advisor registration issues, perform independent audits to identify potential compliance risks, and assist clients in developing appropriate policies and procedures. We routinely provide counsel regarding the Investment Advisers Act and various aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act. Our corporate, tax, ERISA, CFTC, and FERC professionals are regularly called on to provide compliance and regulatory advice on a full range of issues. When clients are faced with enforcement actions, we deploy a dedicated team of lawyers with prior enforcement experience at the SEC and Department of Justice.
As noted in Legal 500 (2016), “clients praise Bracewell’s ‘high level of service’ with a ‘very commercial’ practice.” We bring together lawyers across multiple jurisdictions and practices to provide advice in the formation of a broad range of private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, funds of funds, and hybrid funds. We advise private funds on all aspects of fund formation and develop all necessary documentation, including private placement memoranda, limited partnership agreements, subscription documents, and other communications. Our corporate, tax, ERISA, and CFTC attorneys work closely with our fund formation group to ensure compliance with applicable laws.
Private equity investing, including both debt and equity, is a core component of our transactions business. Our private equity experience has a particular focus in oil and gas, power and infrastructure investments, but also includes a wide variety of other industries. We handle all types of transactions on behalf of private equity clients, including equity and debt investments, joint ventures, distressed investments and exit transactions. Our team includes lawyers with significant experience advising private equity clients on fund formation, tax, and regulatory matters.