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Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2021

The regulatory and litigation risks for private funds are greater than at any time since the financial crisis in 2008. Just a few examples prove the point: the pandemic (which caused extraordinary volatility in revenues and valuations for most asset categories); a new administration in Washington D.C. (with a more muscular regulatory agenda); continued proliferation of digital assets (and increased valuations in various cryptocurrencies); unprecedented activity in SPACs (many of which are merging with PE-backed portfolio companies) and PIPEs; and continued extraordinary growth in AUM in private equity and private credit strategies (making private funds nearly ubiquitous in the capital markets). Any one of these factors would materially increase risks for litigation and regulatory enforcement but taken together they present an enormous challenge for the private fund industry. Insurance companies seem to be anticipating a changed environment as well, as premiums for many types of coverage have increased substantially.

Based on a variety of events and factors, we have developed this list of Top 10 Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2021 to assist sponsors and managers to assess their own risks and take steps to mitigate their risk profile. We will be publishing a series of posts on each of these topics in the weeks ahead.

  1. Increased Regulatory Scrutiny of Private Funds

  2. The Ripples Behind the SPAC Wave

  3. Valuation in Times of Market Disruption

  4. Portfolio Companies Continue to be a Source of Litigation Risk

  5. New Focus and Compliance Approach Needed for Privacy and Cybersecurity

  6. Cryptocurrencies and Other Digital Assets: A New Regime

  7. Return to Civil and Criminal Collaboration in White Collar under Biden Administration

  8. Focus on ESG Will Continue to Grow Under Biden Administration

  9. Private Credit Lenders Should Remain Vigilant in 2021

  10. Navigating Brexit: What Funds Should Look Out for as the Dust Begins to Settle

© 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 77
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Margaret A Dale, Commercial Litigation, Proskauer Rose Law Firm
Partner

Margaret Dale is a Partner in the Litigation Department, resident in the New York office. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, including class action defense, as well as intellectual property, privacy and data security, corporate governance litigation, securities litigation, and regulatory and internal investigations. She also represents and counsels clients in art law matters. 

212.969.3315
Michael R. Hackett, Litigation Attorney, Proskauer Law Firm
Associate

Michael R. Hackett is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the Asset Management Litigation practice. His practice focuses on disputes and regulation involving private funds, including private equity, venture capital, hedge, real estate and private credit funds, as well as other limited partnerships, where he regularly advises funds, fund sponsors, investment advisers and institutional and individual investors.

Mike’s experience representing private fund clients runs the gamut, from control contests within advisers, to...

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Kirsten Lapham FInancial Services Attorney Proskauer Rose Law Firm, United Kingdom
Partner

Kirsten Lapham is a partner specialising in financial services regulation. She advises a broad range of both institutional and individual clients on a variety of financial services regulatory and compliance issues. Her practice has a specific emphasis on the regulatory issues arising under the AIFMD, and MiFID II for a range of EU and indirectly impacted firms outside of the EU.

Experience in this area includes advising multiple clients on the EU marketing and registration regimes and overlaying local regulatory considerations, such as the U.K. retail distribution...

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Timothy W. Mungovan, Litigation Attorney, Proskauer Law Firm
Partner

Timothy Mungovan is a Partner in the Litigation Department, co-head of the Private Investment Funds Disputes practice and a member of the Private Investment Funds Group. Tim has an international practice in complex commercial litigation, advising public and private companies in a variety of areas, including securities, corporate governance, fiduciary obligations, investment management and financial services, fraud and trade secrets.

In addition to his regular commercial litigation practice, Tim focuses on disputes involving private investment...

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Dorothy Murray Commercial Dispute Attorney Proskauer Rose Law Firm
Partner

Dorothy Murray is a partner in the Litigation Department specializing in investment and commercial dispute resolution. She supports clients across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, asset management/private equity, energy, telecoms, and maritime.

Dorothy represents clients in disputes arising from all aspects of their business, whether those disputes are post M&A, shareholder, employment, contractual, partnership or JV related.

Dorothy has experience managing litigation in common and civil law jurisdictions, and in commercial and investor state...

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