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John Budetti

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John Budetti is a partner in the Firm's New York office focusing his practice on counseling sponsors of private equity funds and forming their investment vehicles. Since 2005, he has represented private fund sponsors organizing funds ranging in size from $75 million to $4.5 billion. John also counsels private fund sponsors on a variety of matters involving sponsor's operational, legal, compliance, and governance matters; internal economic arrangements; alternative investment vehicle structures and M&A transactions; strategic investments; as well as joint ventures, spin-outs and other corporate transactions involving private investment funds. He has significant experience with a diverse group of private investment firms, and representative current and past clients include Altaris Capital Partners, Arlington Capital Partners, Audax Group, Braemar Energy Ventures, GTCR LLC, H.I.G. Capital, Kinderhook Industries, Lincolnshire Management and Summit Partners, among others.


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2005, cum laude; Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, M.B.A.; Trinity College, B.A.

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: Private equity funds (including venture capital)

According to one source, Kirkland & Ellis LLP¬†is 'hands-down, the industry leader with respect to representing the managers of private equity funds'. The team has¬†'a¬†deep bench' with 'unrivaled market knowledge' which provides 'high quality client service'. In the New York office, practice head¬†John O'Neil¬†and¬†Daniel Lavon-Krein¬†advised Sycamore Partners on forming Sycamore Partners III, which held its final closing in June 2018 after raising $4.8bn.¬†In another matter,¬†the 'tenacious and disarming' Erica Berthou¬†advised GSO Capital Partners, a new client for the firm, on the final closing of the multibillion-dollar credit GSO Credit Alpha Fund II. Another fundraising mandate handled in New York was Andrew Wright¬†and Robert Blaustein's advice to Warburg Pincus on forming its first companion fund in the financial industry.¬†Other New York-based contacts include¬†John Budetti, Jordan Murray¬†and Katrina Rowe.¬†In Chicago, names to note include John Muno, who garners praise for his 'incredible market knowledge, combining practical business advice with the right mix of thoughtful strategy and perfect attention to detail';¬†Sarah Kirson¬†and ‚Äėtough negotiator‚Äô Katie St. Peters¬†are also recommended.¬†Stephanie Berdik¬†and Sean Hill¬†are key contacts¬†in Boston.¬†Ken Muller¬†joined the San Francisco office from¬†Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†in May 2018.

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