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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

Funds/Investment Management


John Rife is an English-qualified partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Funds/Investment Management Group, where he advises institutional and independent sponsors of buyout, debt, secondaries, real estate, emerging markets, infrastructure and energy funds, as well as funds of funds, on a broad range of matters, including fund formation and ongoing operational matters, co-investments, carried interest arrangements and internal reorganizations.

In addition, Mr. Rife is a leader in the firm’s Alternative Asset and Secondary Investments Group and regularly advises sponsors and investors on secondary transactions including GP-led fund restructurings and tender offers, LP interest portfolio transactions, fundless sponsor transactions and other fund-related transactional matters.


Mr. Rife graduated in 2004 with a B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Manchester. He obtained his GDL in 2006 from City University and his LPC from the Inns of Court School of Law in 2007. Mr. Rife was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2009.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

(Next Generation Partners)

John RifeDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

Advising a diverse range of financial services clients, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is noted for handling traditional fundraising as well as alternative capital raising issues. The team is led by Geoffrey Kittredge, who has longstanding expertise in fund formation. Also recommended is Matthew Dickman, who advises on the management and reorganisation of private investment funds, as well as secondary transactions, regulatory compliance, and internal economic and governance matters. Co-investments and GP-led fund restructuring expert John Rife is also a key name. John Anderson constributes in-house experience, having worked at Park Square Capital.