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John (Sean) Finley

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Investment Funds




John (Sean) Finley has extensive experience advising on private fund formation as well as various legal, compliance and operational matters related to the management and investment activities of private funds and their sponsors and advisers. He assists clients with the formation of numerous US and non-US investment funds, including hedge funds, hybrid funds, private equity funds, commodity pools and funds of funds. He also forms and regularly advises numerous investment management companies in connection with their sponsorship and management of investment funds.

He also regularly advises clients on SEC and CFTC compliance matters and the negotiation and documentation of a wide variety of portfolio investments, trading relationships and strategic transactions (including asset manager M&A transactions, seeding arrangements, spin-outs and joint ventures).

Sean was previously in-house counsel with a prominent hedge fund.


  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., Editor-in-Chief, Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A.

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds

Within: Alternative/hedge funds

Shearman & Sterling LLPprovides an excellent level of service - all the lawyers are knowledgeable, responsive and practical in their advice’. Sean Finley has ‘an advantage over other outside counsel as he has both law firm and in-house experience’; he advised TRG Management on launching a hedge fund investing in Argentinian assets. Of counsel Paul Schreiber advises Shenkman Capital Management on regulatory matters. Nathan Greene has manager M&A expertise. The firm has hired Buddy Donohue as of counsel, whose ‘strength is his depth of experience and the perspective he provides as a former general counsel of major fund companies, and as director of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC’, as well as Jay Baris, formerly head of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s investment management team. The New York-based team also acts for Juniper Investment Company and Maverick Capital Management.

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