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Laura Friedrich

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Investment Funds


Partner and Investment Funds Team Leader


Laura has extensive experience in the fund formation area, representing both fund sponsors and limited partners. She works with US and international private equity, venture capital and hedge funds and their sponsors, with investments in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East and Asia. Laura has led many multibillion dollar fund raisings, as well as more modest fundraising efforts for middle market, regional and sector-specific funds. She has represented sponsors across a variety of asset categories, including buy-out, real estate, funds of funds, debt, energy, infrastructure, transportation and media.

Laura also provides ongoing advice to funds and their sponsors on the full spectrum of private equity fund matters, including ongoing business and transactional matters (including co-investments), internal management arrangements and regulatory and compliance requirements.

Laura has represented prominent fund sponsors, including International Finance Corporation, IFC Asset Management Company, GTIS Partners, TRG Management, Horizon Capital and GP Investments Ltd.


  • Member: Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) Legal & Regulatory Council
  • Member: Private Investment Funds Forum


University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., Executive Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review; University of California, Berkeley, A.B. Economics, magna cum laude

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Shearman & Sterling LLPprovides an excellent overall level of service and sound advice on a variety of issues’ in the private equity space, with particular strengths in emerging markets and hard assets. Laura Friedrich is ‘extremely knowledgeable of the market, including terms requested by potential investors’; she advised on the formation of GTIS Brazil Real Estate Fund III, which raised $680m, and assisted TRG Management with forming a fund investing in Argentina. Away from Latin America, she advised Horizon Capital Advisors on forming its third fund, which is targeting $150m to invest in Ukraine and its neighbors - $37.5m of which has already been committed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Counsel John Reiss advised Dome Equities on forming its first multi-asset real estate fund, which targets multifamily residential real estate. Other clients include the International Finance Corporation, Altamar Capital Partners and sovereign wealth funds such as Mubadala, which the team advises on its limited partner commitments. The team is located in New York.

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