Alston & Bird LLP

Our alternative investment attorneys have substantial experience in providing advisory services to the managers, advisers and investors of hedge funds, publicly offered and privately placed commodity pools, and private equity funds, and they can readily draw upon this broad base of experience to the benefit of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (the “APFC”). We represent a broad range of clients, from the asset management groups of well-established financial institutions to experienced, independent fund managers that have decided to form their own asset management firms to institutional pension plan investors. We provide related regulatory advice to fund managers that need to comply with, or avail themselves of exemptions from, the Investment Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, and Commodity Exchange Act and the related rules of the SEC, CFTC, NFA and FINRA. Our clients represent some of the largest and most interesting fund managers in the industry. In addition, we possess considerable experience in direct investing, as well as advising and negotiating with institutional investors and high-net-worth investors in a variety of private equity-related transactions.

Our attorneys have expertise related to a broad range of complicated legal issues facing hedge funds and private equity funds. We have regularly advised hedge funds, private equity funds and “fund of funds” operating in various jurisdictions and across a multitude of industry sectors. We possess considerable expertise in structuring alternative investment funds and readily assist clients in deciding whether they should utilize side-by-side, master-feeder, mini-master, trust or segregated portfolio company structures. In addition, we represent private equity and venture capital funds and their portfolio companies in all aspects of investment and divestiture, including fund formation, private placements, control or minority equity investments, leveraged buyouts/ management buyouts/ management buy-ins, recapitalizations and going-private transactions.

Very few firms with established fund practices have attorneys as broadly trained as we do. Our fund lawyers all work on structuring funds, counseling investment advisory clients on seed arrangements, acquisitions and the sale of equity interests in investment management firms, as well as providing related regulatory and compliance advice. Our depth of experience with respect to alternative investment funds that invest in commodities and future interests is also another factor that distinguishes us from other firms. We have experience forming dozens of commodity pools (both publicly offered and privately placed) and in providing ongoing regulatory and compliance advice to the commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors that manage these types of funds. Our attorneys have experience in drafting formation documents and preparing the disclosure documents to be used to offer commodity pool interests, as well as all other offering and ancillary documents.