Laurel FitzPatrickPartner at Ropes & Gray LLP
Laurel FitzPatrick is a partner in the asset management group and serves as leader of the firm’s hedge funds team. Laurel has extensive experience structuring and advising a wide range of hedge funds and other private funds, including domestic and offshore partnerships, limited liability corporations and offshore corporations. Recent fund formations include alternative multi-year incentive fee arrangements and innovative hybrid vehicles as well as more traditional hedge fund structures. In addition to fund formation, Laurel assists clients in creating profit-sharing and other compensation structures which provide appropriate incentives and succession strategies.
A former partner at Tiger Management, LLC, a registered adviser and hedge fund group, Laurel brings practical in-house experience to bear in her work with clients. Laurel works with clients on a wide range of issues including trade structuring and compliance, meeting with regulators on behalf of clients, assisting with regulatory audits, obtaining exemptive and no-action relief from the SEC and helping develop compliance and internal control procedures. She also assists clients in restructuring their funds when necessary and helps them develop legal and risk management policies with respect to prime brokers and other counterparties.
Representative Clients and Matters
- Laurel represents PIMCO’s hedge fund platform, assisting them in forming such innovative products as their Tail Risk funds as well as providing continuing advice to their premier absolute return funds. In addition to formation work, she works with PIMCO on a variety of compliance issues related to the day to day operation of the funds and the manager.
- Laurel represents an Asian focused equity long/short fund on a variety of formation, trading, structuring and compliance matters including restructuring the funds, managing counterparty arrangements and structuring investments in Asia.
- Laurel assisted Blackstone in the formation of their Strategic Alliance Fund II, a vehicle which seeds third party hedge fund managers. Laurel worked with Blackstone to redesign this cutting edge hybrid private equity/hedge fund vehicle and represented them in structuring the revenue share arrangements with the seed funds.