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"The 'exceptional' Brian Farmer receives praise from a client who says he 'understands our business well, is incredibly responsive to our needs, creatively comes up with solutions and is incredibly thoughtful in his counsel.'"  Chambers USA

Brian is the leader of Hirschler’s investment management practice group and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice focuses on the investment management industry, serving both institutional investors and investment managers. 

Responsiveness and deep industry knowledge are often cited as Brian’s key strengths.  He regularly collaborates with a worldwide network of industry contacts and service providers.  A frequent lecturer at investment industry events, Brian has been quoted in Reuters, The Wall Street Journal Online, PE Manager, Opalesque and Hedge Fund Law Report, among other periodicals.

Brian is a former member of the Board of Trustees and Investment Advisory Committee of a $600 million municipal pension plan, investing across virtually all asset classes.  He believes this experience has helped him better understand the industry from his clients’ perspective.

Recognition

Named a "Leader in the Field," Corporate/M&A, Southern Virginia, Chambers USA: Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015–2018

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Information Technology Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Venture Capital Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2016-2019

Named "Richmond Lawyer of the Year," Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Best Lawyers, 2017

Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Securities and Corporate Finance, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2017

Selected as a “Richmond Lawyer of the Year,” Venture Capital Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2016

Named to Virginia’s "Legal Elite,” Business Law, Virginia Business, 2014, 2016-2018

Team Finalist, Best Law Firm-Client Service, HFMweek Magazine, 2010-2012

Greater Richmond Technology Council, Leadership Award, 2004

  • 2019 "Best Law Firms" Badge Artwork
  • chambers 2018
  • Virginia Legal Elite

Experience

Experience

Regularly represents institutional investors (endowments, OCIOs, pension plans, family offices, funds of funds) in portfolio investment activities. Representation includes negotiation of fund or separately managed account agreements and assessment of legal terms in comparison to current market ranges. Transactions generally range from $10 million to $500 million per investment. 

Represented an adviser organized to manage the endowment assets of a public university and its affiliated hospital and supporting foundations. The adviser and its related investment pools successfully launched and currently manage in excess of $1 billion. 

Represented a large government pension plan in separate account investments with global banking institutions investing across all marketable asset classes using a dynamic portfolio allocation strategy.  An objective of the relationship was to assist the portfolio team of the plan in enhancing overall plan returns using dynamic allocation strategies.

Regularly represents institutional investors in a wide variety of private equity secondary sales, synthetic secondary transactions and co-invest transactions. Transactions typically range from $5 million to $200 million and involve funds spanning all illiquid strategies. 

Represented an RIA in a change of control transaction with a private equity fund valuing the advisory firm at over $100 million. Subsequently represented the founders in the sale of their retained minority interest in the firm at a transaction value in excess of $300 million.

Represented a global private equity manager in a "fund of one" agreement to manage over $200 million for a large public pension plan.

Represented multiple real estate fund managers as they have moved from a high net worth to an institutional investor base over the course of several funds.

Served as counsel to a nationally recognized prime broker on a securities lending transaction with a large endowment in excess of $100 million.

Perspectives

News

Speaking Engagements

  • New York, NY, 11.05.2018
  • Richmond, VA, 10.09.2018
  • Brian Farmer Moderates "SMAs from the Investor Perspective:  Operational Complexities and Solutions"
    Cayman Islands, 04.2017
  • Richmond, VA, 01.19.2015
  • Brian Farmer moderates Managing Safety and Security Risks in the Alternative Investment Industry, Piedmont Alternative Investment Conference
    05.2014
  • Panelist discussing Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest at the NRS Spring Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer Compliance Conference
    Orlando, Florida, 05.2014
  • Brian Farmer participates in panel discussing SEC Enforcement's Operation ADV:  Readying Your ADV for Increased Focus on Disclosures, Consistency, Conflicts at the NRS Spring Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer Compliance Conference
    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 05.2013
  • Private Equity Securities Panel at the Darden Private Equity Conference moderated by Brian Farmer
    03.2012

Publications

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Business Law Section; Institutional Investors, Hedge Fund, and Private Equity/Venture Capital Committees

National Association of Public Pension Attorneys

New York State Bar

Virginia State Bar, Business Section

Virginia Bar Association, Business Section

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

Brian has three children and enjoys spending time helping them with their studies as well as exploring the outdoors with them.  Brian was a competitive triathlete for many years and still enjoys cycling with friends.  He likes playing backgammon, poker and other games of chance and is popular among opponents for being an easy win.

  • Law clerk for the Honorable J. Calvitt Clarke, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

University of Virginia, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

  • Virginia
  • New York
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