Melissa Bender
Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP


Melissa advises hedge funds and other private funds (both domestic and offshore) on all aspects of their business with a focus on fund formation and regulatory compliance and reporting matters. Recent fund formations include innovative hybrid vehicles as well as more traditional hedge fund structures. Melissa’s experience also includes advising fund managers on and negotiating various contractual arrangements, such as administrator and other service provider agreements, placement agent arrangements and side letters with investors.

Melissa has extensive experience representing U.S. and international institutional and other investors (including endowments, funds of funds, private foundations, sovereign wealth funds and family offices) in connection with all aspects of their investments in private funds.

Melissa previously worked in-house at a Fortune 500 company advising on securities compliance and corporate governance matters.

Agenda Sessions

  • Structuring market event and opportunistic hybrid funds