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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Investment Funds


Prakash Mehta advises some of the world’s most prominent fund sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and other institutional investors. He provides strategic advice on private equity-style investments, exit transactions, joint ventures, and stock and asset sales. He also counsels on investor portfolio company matters and serves as corporate counsel to public and private portfolio companies. Representative work includes advising on economically transformative private equity, venture capital and infrastructure fund manager-level transactions, including seed arrangements, joint ventures and minority stake sales; counseling funds on restructuring shale-play investments impacted by volatility in the energy sector; providing advice on debt and equity investments in shipping and entertainment assets around the world; assisting Asian clients on U.S. inbound investments in a variety of sectors; and representing limited partner advisory boards regarding zombie fund manager disputes, with extensive work on funds divorce matters involving fund principals and investors. He is co-leader of the firm’s investment management practice, leader of the India practice and member of the management committee.

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Advisory council, Committee for Global Thought, Columbia University; Board of directors, U.S.-India Business Council; Advisory council, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council


BS, Georgetown University; JD, Georgetown University Law Center

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is particularly active in the mid-market, with a client base that includes several start-up sponsors in addition to a range of more established names, which the team advises on offshore fund complexes, funds-of-one, and distressed credit funds, among others. The uptick in SPAC work has filtered through to the firm as well, with Dallas-based Eliot Raffkind advising Fir Tree Capital Management on the formation of its special opportunities fund. Stephen Vine and Prakash Mehta lead the team. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acts for sponsors in relation to a range of funds including credit funds, real estate and emerging markets, the latter of which has been helped by the firm’s global footprint and collaboration with its foreign offices. On the investor side, the firm acts for sovereign wealth funds, funds-of-funds, large pension plans, and other investors in both their investments in funds as well as secondary transactions. Practice co-head Prakash Mehta leads the firm’s India practice and is highly active in emerging market funds work, with a practice that covers a range of operational and strategic advice. Fellow co-head Stephen Vine acts exclusively for funds and their managers, with a focus on fund formation and fundraising advice, in addition to operational issues. Fadi Samman, who is based in Washington DC, is another key figure within the team. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.