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Private Funds - Formation

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Udi Grofman is a prominent name in the fund formation space and is described by commentators as “a brilliant practitioner". His practice encompasses most fund formation and crisis management matters.

Biography

Udi Grofman is a partner in the corporate department, the head of the firm’s private funds practice group and a member of the investment management practice group. Called a “leading light in the fund formation area” by Chambers, his practice focuses on fund formation, strategic advice and crisis management. Clients praise Udi as “one of the smartest and most accomplished” lawyers with a “very rare commercial sensibility”. According to market commentators, Udi “possesses nonpareil legal expertise that crushes that of his counterparts at other firms”, and is a “powerhouse of a funds lawyer [who] works tirelessly to make clients happy”.

The Paul, Weiss private funds group is recognised as one of the premier investment management practices in the United States. Chambers refers to the group as “a top shop” whose “services are second to none”. The team draws on “a strong bench of excellent lawyers with strong technical expertise, good market knowledge and a practical approach”, according to clients surveyed in The Legal 500. Recognised by Law360 as “Practice Group of the Year” for asset management and private equity, and recipient of Chambers USA Client Service Award for Investment Funds, the practice continues to focus on advising clients on all aspects relating to the full life cycle of the investment management firm.

Udi’s practice focuses on fund formation along the liquidity spectrum, including hedge funds, credit funds, hybrid funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, venture funds, long-dated funds, permanent capital vehicles and family offices; strategic advice, including seed capital transactions, minority and majority asset manager acquisitions and dispositions, and “upper tier” arrangements; and crisis management, including internal investigations, regulatory examinations, investigations and litigation (in the course of which Udi appears frequently in front of regulators), partner and employee disputes, and investor litigation.

Representative clients include, among others, Apollo Global Management, the Blackstone Group, GSO Capital, HPS Investment Partners, JP Morgan Asset Management, Glenview Capital, PointState Capital, Tilden Park and Omega Advisors, as well as some of the country’s largest family offices.

Consistently recognised as a leading practitioner in the industry, Udi is ranked as a top-tier investment funds lawyer in Chambers USA; a leading lawyer in The Legal 500; and one of only a handful of “Thought Leaders” in WWL and IFLR1000. Udi writes and speaks frequently on the challenges facing hedge funds in today’s market. He was selected among the finest law firm writers of 2016, along with litigation partner Richard A Rosen; together they won a Burton Award for their article, “Political Intelligence and US Insider Trading Regulations” published in Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report. Udi is often asked to speak at major industry conferences, including those hosted by the International Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute and the Maples Investment Funds Forum. Udi also hosts an annual hedge fund general counsel forum, which brings together the most prominent legal practitioners in the market to discuss recent trends and developments.

Udi maintains an active pro bono practice, representing not-for-profit interests and individuals, including recently assisting a number of individuals to obtain asylum in the US. Udi served as a lecturer for the Interdisciplinary Center School of Law and the School of Business Management in Herzliya, Israel. He is a captain (retired) in the Israel Defense Forces.

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