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Overview

"Our clients value experience and sound judgment. They know we provide practical, goal-oriented advice that is borne out of an intimate understanding of the investment management industry."

Investment managers seek Brian’s guidance throughout the complicated process of starting private equity, real estate and hedge funds, from legal documentation, including disclosures and partnership agreements, to marketing practices and tax issues.  Clients rely on his experience in the private funds industry to better understand investor expectations and focus on implementing their investment strategies.  An emphasis on each client’s particular fundraising and investment goals allows Brian to provide effective advice on fund structure, including related tax considerations, and a variety of regulatory concerns, including registration under the Investment Advisers Act and applicable state laws and exemptions from securities registration requirements under the Securities Act and state securities laws.

Institutional investors, including public pensions, university endowments and private foundations, also regularly engage Brian to evaluate and negotiate investments in private equity, private debt, hedge funds and fund-of-funds. Through long-standing relationships with these clients, he delivers counsel with an emphasis on legal, financial and tax concerns specific to each client and a view toward their respective long-term investment objectives. 

Institutional investors also depend on Brian to protect their interests in secondary transactions, which often entail sales of large portfolios of private equity and venture capital fund interests.  Brian’s transactional experience and knowledge in the private fund industry enables him to minimize client risk and reduce transaction costs. 

Recognition

Selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star,” Mergers & Acquisitions, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2020

Experience

Experience

Recent institutional investor matters

  • $50 million investment in a Japanese hedge fund by a university endowment
  • $250 million investment in a global buy-out fund by a public pension
  • $100 million investment in a global co-investment fund by a public pension
  • $25 million investment in a private equity fund-of-funds by a private foundation
  • $100 million investment in a U.S. industrial real estate fund by a public pension
  • Two $1 billion separately managed accounts for a public pension
  • Investment in a Greater China-focused hedge fund by a private foundation  
  • $200 million fund-of-one focused on distressed issuers in emerging markets for a public pension
  • $56 million secondary sale of private equity and venture capital fund interests by a university endowment
  • $178 million secondary sale of private equity and venture capital fund interests by a university endowment
  • $550 million secondary sale of private equity fund interests by a public pension

Recent fund formation matters

  • A $100 million private real estate fund investing in office and hospitality properties
  • A $50 million private real estate fund investing in retail properties
  • A $90 million private real estate fund investing in multifamily properties
  • Numerous qualified opportunity zone funds formed to develop multifamily properties
  • Two hedge funds trading leveraged ETFs
  • A quantitative hedge fund with a global, diversified portfolio
  • A fund-of-funds trading public and private securities with a focus on sustainable strategies
  • A “fundless sponsor” vehicle formed to acquire and develop a consumer products brand
  • A “fundless sponsor” vehicle formed to invest in a plastics manufacturing firm

Perspectives

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Richmond Bar Association, Business Law Section, Chair

Business and Civic Organizations

Richmond Downtown YMCA, Board of Management

William & Mary Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

  • William & Mary Law Review

The College of New Jersey, B.S., summa cum laude

  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)
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