Mr Christopher Wells > Proskauer Rose LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Proskauer Rose LLP
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299
United States
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Chris Wells heads Proskauer’s Hedge Funds Group and has been a leading lawyer in the hedge fund industry for more than 30 years. During that time, he has assisted on hundreds of hedge fund launches, counselling and assisting hedge fund managers as they grew from often very modest beginnings to become some of the world’s largest and best known hedge funds.

He advises fund managers and investors on all aspects of the hedge fund business, including fund structuring and formation, seed investments, asset manager M&A transactions, agreements among principals, employment and compensation issues, and regulatory and enforcement matters.

Chris’s long and deep experience in the hedge fund industry gives him a unique ability to counsel clients dealing with some of the most challenging situations that fund managers can encounter, including complex fund restructurings, evolving hedge fund investment terms, hybrid and alternative fund structures, liquidity challenges and constraints, internal disputes, and complex enforcement matters.

Lawyer Rankings

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

At Proskauer Rose LLP, the firm’s dedication to its hedge funds practice is evidence by the strategic acquisition of recognized partners Kelli Moll and Caryn Greenspan from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in May 2021; the duo brought with them 25 new additional clients, with strategies as diverse as long only/growth equity, credit (spanning the entire spectrum including direct lending), traditional long/short and long only, activism, quantitative driven strategies, fund-of funds, liquid REITs and cryptocurrency. The offering also continues to receive recognition for its high volume of regulatory specialists and litigators, many of whom formerly held senior positions at the SEC and DOJ. Team lead Christopher Wells is supported by a strong group of senior practitioners, including Robert Leonard and Michael Mavrides. All named attorneys are based in New York.