Becker & Poliakoff

Hedge Funds

Becker represents small to mid-sized fund sponsors and investment management firms in matters ranging from formation and development to management and operation of their businesses. We assist in product design, tax planning, regulatory compliance, trading issues and all aspects of operation.

Our services include:

  • Selection of the appropriate legal structure and domicile for the fund;
  • Structuring of fund performance-based compensation arrangements;
  • Development of offering memoranda, partnership and operating agreements, subscription documents, compliance manuals, review of sales materials and negotiations with seed or other key investors;
  • Preparation and negotiation of service provider agreements, including advisory, prime brokerage, administration, custodial, and placement agent agreements;
  • Portfolio trading issues;
  • Exchange listings;
  • Usage of electronic media, including the internet and social networking media;
  • General advice on day-to–day activities;
  • Compliance with federal, state and non-U.S. laws and regulations;
  • Preparation of partnership and operating agreements;
  • Preparation of advisory agreements and structuring of performance compensation agreements;
  • Development of structures for employee participation in profit sharing arrangements;
  • Advice on registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state securities commissions and exemptions from registration requirements;
  • Compliance with anti-money laundering requirements;
  • Advice on trademark and other intellectual property issues;