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Private Funds - Formation 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Phyllis Schwartz is an "excellent and extremely knowledgeable funds lawyer" who garners praise for her decades of experience advising on the formation and operation of a variety of hedge and private equity funds.


Phyllis A Schwartz focuses her practice on the structuring, formation and operation of private equity funds, including buyout funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, distressed funds, litigation financing funds and real estate funds. She represents both fund sponsors and investors in her practice. In addition to assisting fund sponsors with their internal management arrangements, succession planning, capital call borrowing facilities and formation of co-investment vehicles, she has extensive experience with institutional investors and regularly advises clients on market terms of investment funds. Phyllis also advises private equity funds in connection with their capital call credit lines and investments in, and dispositions of, portfolio companies.

Phyllis is listed in The Legal 500 USThe Best Lawyers in AmericaNew York Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Private FundsExpert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Lawyers (Investment Funds, Private Equity) and the Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (Investment Funds). A member of New York’s Private Investment Fund Forum, Phyllis frequently shares her insights on effective fund formation strategies at industry conferences and seminars. She recently discussed compliance concerns for co-investments and issues related to fund restructuring and secondary transactions. Interviewed by Private Funds Management in the article “Ringing the Changes,” Phyllis is also the co-author of Private Equity Funds: Formation and Operation (Practising Law Institute), which is considered the leading treatise on the subject. In addition, she contributed to the Fund Formation and Incentives Report (Private Equity International in association with SRZ), as well as a chapter on “Advisers to Private Equity Funds — Practical Compliance Considerations” in Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation, Volume 2 (Practising Law Institute). Phyllis received her JD from Columbia Law School and her AB from Smith College.

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