Marco Masotti is one of the top names in fund formation practice in North America, and comes recommended by sources as “a very, very good lawyer" who is "very visible in the market".
Marco V Masotti is recognised as one of the country’s leading funds lawyers in the alternative asset management industry, particularly in the private equity space. Marco is co-head of the firm’s private funds group and has served as a member of the firm’s management committee. For more than two decades, Marco has led and built the firm’s private funds group into one of the elite practices in the marketplace. Ranked in the top tier of Chambers, Marco is widely regarded as “one of the most exceptional lawyers in the area” for his “unparalleled experience and extraordinary reach in the fund formation space.” He is hailed as a “superstar” attorney and a “master of explaining complicated or legalistic concepts in a simple manner”. Law360 named him a private equity MVP and an asset management MVP.
Marco has a unique profile in the marketplace as an adviser to a wide variety of investment funds, including private equity funds, credit funds, growth capital funds, hedge funds and real estate funds. Over the course of his career, he has raised billions of dollars for his clients, including some of the most well-known alternative asset managers in the marketplace, such as Apollo, Atlas, Avenue, Blackstone/GSO, Clearlake, General Atlantic, KKR, Oak Hill, Reservoir, Roark, Silver Point, Värde and Wellspring. In 2017, Marco assisted with Apollo’s $24.7 billion flagship fund, the world’s largest private equity fund at the time.
Private Equity International named Marco one of “The 100 Most Influential of the Decade”, He is also recognised as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500, with clients saying that his “calm demeanour, depth of experience and creative approach to problem-solving make him a rare talent”. WWL ranks Marco as one of a select few “most highly regarded individuals” for private funds, commending him as “one of the smartest lawyers in funds work”. He is also recognised as a market leader by IFLR1000 for his work in investment funds. Marco has also been featured by The Deal as one of the “Movers & Shakers” in the industry; included in the Crain’s New York Business annual “40 Under 40” list; and profiled by the New York Observer as one of New York’s top corporate lawyers.
Marco is a sought-after thought leader in the alternative asset management industry. He frequently provides commentary on developments in the private funds marketplace and has been quoted extensively in the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, as well as providing guest commentary on television news networks, including Bloomberg. He has presented at numerous industry conferences and fora.
Marco has served as co-chair of the Private Investment Funds Forum; chair of the private investment funds subcommittee of the International Bar Association; and chair of the private investment funds committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Marco serves as president of the Friends of the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa’s largest public-interest human rights law clinic, and he is part of the founding advisory board for the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law.
Marco was awarded a Fulbright Placement Award upon graduating from the University of Natal School of Law.