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Private Investment Funds

Vinson & Elkins represents sponsors and managers with a variety of investment strategies and structures in forming, operating, and investing in private funds. Our clients range from large sponsors to start-ups, institutional investors, and family offices. In addition to our extensive general fund formation experience, we are well versed in establishing strategic partnerships for private equity and real estate funds, co-investments and seeding transactions, and the formation of single investor funds and separate accounts.

V&E’s manager-side and investor-side practices function as an integrated team. We work together closely to understand developing issues, market trends, and fund structures. This collaboration gives our lawyers critical knowledge and a unique market perspective.

Offering Our Clients a Competitive Advantage

Members of our Private Investment Funds team have experience in private equity acquisitions and dispositions, accessing credit and capital markets, and general corporate mergers and acquisitions, giving them an understanding of key drivers and the complete life cycle of the investment funds business. We have extensive capabilities in the formation of energy-focused funds, leveraging the firm’s world-class reputation in the industry, and we are knowledgeable on the issues unique to them. In addition, our lawyers were instrumental in pioneering the strategic partnership structure. Clients value our focus on individualized attention and responsiveness to their needs. 

The Private Investment Funds team draws support from other areas of the firm, including domestic and international taxation, tax structuring, securities and investment company laws, commodities regulations, partnership law, and ERISA, offering our clients an integrated approach to fundraising and structuring. Using lawyers from these various practice areas, we help clients create fund investment structures that maximize returns to investors.

Institutional Investors & Other Limited Partners

Our limited partner clients include institutional investors such as public and private pension funds, foreign government-sponsored enterprises, large university endowment funds, family offices, and foundations. These limited partners review hundreds of investments each year, giving V&E exposure to constantly shifting market terms and trends and unparalleled familiarity with tax and legal issues associated with these types of clients. With the insights from our broad client base, we provide individualized business and legal advice for all of the firm’s institutional investor and general partner clients.

Practice Highlights

  • Related Fund Management in the formation of Related Real Estate Fund II, an approximately $1 billion fund focused on real estate investment opportunities 
  • Ridgewood Energy Corporation in the formation of Ridgewood Energy Oil & Gas Fund III, a $1.9 billion fund to invest in oil exploration and production projects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico  
  • Related Fund Management in the formation of an investment vehicle to which two union pension plans committed capital that will invest in mortgage and mezzanine debt
  • White Deer Energy in its $1.38 billion private equity fund targeting investments in middle market energy companies active in oil and gas production, oilfield service and equipment manufacturing and energy infrastructure
  • Parallel Resource Partners in its $700 million debut private equity fund, focusing on control investments in distress-driven opportunities in the North American upstream oil and gas sector
  • Ridgewood Energy Corporation in the formation of Ridgewood Energy Oil and Gas Fund II, a $1.1 billion fund to invest in exploration and production projects in the United States’ deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico