Fund Formation Associate

The Dallas office of McGuireWoods seeks a mid-level to senior associate to join its Private Investment Funds practice within the Corporate & Private Equity Department.

McGuireWoods advises private equity funds and those doing business with them, including institutional investors, independent sponsors, family offices, investment advisers, lenders and portfolio companies.

Our deal work and innovations distinguish the firm as an industry leader, in particular, our national independent sponsor practice and our women in private equity and finance initiative. We maintain a top-tier practice in middle-market M&A and private equity. We add value for clients through vital introductions and referrals of tailored investment opportunities developed through our vast network.

Our lawyers represent funds up and down the capital stack, from early stage venture and growth capital to middle-market and control buyout funds, as well as mezzanine funds and senior lenders providing debt financing for private equity deals. Refinitiv and Bloomberg consistently rank McGuireWoods among the top five M&A firms in the United States and the top 10 private equity law firms in the world for the number of mid-market PE transactions we handle annually. Since first quarter 2019, PitchBook has also recognized McGuireWoods as among the most active law firms in the United States by deal activity.

Over the past five years, we have represented more than 100 private equity funds and their portfolio companies, each with nuanced needs. This volume and diversity of experience aligns with funds’ investment strategies, such as control and non-control buyouts, independent sponsor transactions, SBIC, investment fund formation and management, mezzanine finance, and senior and subordinated debt strategies.

Clients come to us for our in-depth skills that cut across legal practice and industry lines. We leverage our resources to assemble teams that bring the know-how each client needs. McGuireWoods’ ability to understand industry and sector-specific regulations and trends — notably in the healthcare, energy, food and beverage, life sciences, finance, franchising and technology sectors, among others — and to distill this information for clients, translates into actionable, strategic business advice.

Along with excellent benefits, McGuireWoods offers our attorneys a competitive salary with hours and merit bonus opportunities, billable hours credit for pro bono work, and a hybrid in office/remote option allowing flexibility and work-life balance.


  • Qualified candidates will have 4 – 8 years of large law firm experience representing private fund sponsors and institutional investors on a variety of complex fund formation matters.
  • This associate will be involved in all aspects of the formation, structuring, capital raising, compliance and ongoing management of alternative investment funds across strategies, including private equity, real estate, mezzanine and other traditional closed end funds, as well as hedge funds, evergreen funds and other hybrid funds.
  • This position will also work with related capital raising transactions, including programmatic joint ventures and structuring and managing the equity investment process for one-off investment transactions on behalf of independent sponsors.
  • Applicants should have
    1. primary drafting experience for limited partnership agreements and limited liability company agreements in the private investment fund context,
    2. a solid understanding of market fund terms and the issues and nuances commonly negotiated in the fund offering process,
    3. experience reviewing and identifying issues in fund documents on behalf of institutional investors,
    4. experience preparing offering documents, including PPMs, and solid experience with Regulation D and other securities laws governing private placements, and
    5. solid experience with the Advisers’ Act and related exemption, registration and compliance issues applicable to fund managers.
  • Candidates should possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with and advise legal and business people from inception through closing and should be starting to draft and negotiate more substantive transaction documents and commercial agreements.
  • Must have a strong academic record, excellent writing and oral communication skills and the ability to work independently with clients and colleagues.

Please be advised that this is a national search with a focus on the following markets: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, New York City and Raleigh.

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