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Clifford Chance
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131
United States

Work Department

Capital Markets


Cliff Cone focuses his practice on the investment management sector and has a broad base of expertise advising alternative investment managers, registered investment companies and boards of directors with respect to all aspects of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Cliff has extensive experience with the organization and ongoing representation of U.S. registered open-end and closed-end investment companies, exchange-traded funds and business development companies. He also regularly consults with investment advisers on registration and ongoing compliance and disclosure issues.


Brooklyn Law School (JD, Richardson Merit Scholar), 2005; Cornell University (BA), 2002

Lawyer Rankings

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

Clifford Chance‘s New York-based offering collaborates closely with funds, regulatory and tax specialists located in the firm’s offices across the globe – including in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Beijing – ensuring that the group can seamlessly assist with all the requirements involved in an international fund raise. The team has particular expertise in real estate, clean energy and infrastructure funds, as well as GP stakes and secondaries transactions. In spring 2021, the lateral hire of Susan Burkhardt – who brings with her a decade of combined experience at Apollo, Blackstone and its private credit arm GSO Capital Partners, and D.E. Shaw – in April, and the subsequent internal promotion of Daniel Drabkin in May increased the range of talent available at partner level. Michael Sabin and Clifford Cone share leadership of the practice.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Clifford Chance continues to be recognised for its prominence in REIT and Latin America offerings. Its global standing makes it especially well-equipped to handle US offerings by overseas issuers. It is also prominent in closed-end fund offerings in the US market; it advised BofA Securities as lead underwriter, on the IPO of BlackRock Capital Allocation Trust, a registered closed-end fund. Andrew Epstein and Kathleen Werner  are leading figures in REIT offerings, including equity REITs and mortgage REITs, along with SPAC IPOs. Jonathan Zonis  is co-head of Americas capital markets and is noted for Latin America offerings and issuances from other parts of the globe, while Hugo Triaca  is another key name for Latin America offerings. Clifford Cone  is closely associated with fund offerings. All named individuals are based in New York.