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Dechert LLP

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David A Vaughan

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Dechert LLP

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Financial Services and Investment Management


David A. Vaughan focuses his practice on investment management, primarily private funds. Mr. Vaughan has been practicing in the private fund space for well over two decades, including serving for two years as the senior private fund policy adviser in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, advising on all aspects of legal and regulatory policy related to private funds.


Bowling Green State University, B.A., 1987, cum laude; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1990, cum laude

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds

Within: Alternative/hedge funds

Dechert LLP is ‘very responsive to clients’ needs, introducing them to a cross-section of people from across the firm as they encounter various regulatory and tax considerations’. The firm acts for leading names in the sector, as well as managers linked to investment banks and new managers. David Vaughan, a former SEC policy adviser who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, is a key contact, as is New York-based Matthew Kerfoot, who advises leading banks on fund finance matters. Timothy Spangler in Orange County is ‘accessible and helpful - he brings a global perspective to things’; he has expertise in fund formations and mergers. Karl Paulson Egbert is now at Baker McKenzie LLP in New York, while Timothy Clark returned to the New York office from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

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Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Dechert LLP has a particular strength in funds subject to European regulation, such as those using Luxembourgish and Irish vehicles. The team advises a number of emerging managers; Carl de Brito in New York and David Vaughan in Washington DC advised Australis Partners on the launch of its first Latin America mid-market fund, which raised $379m, while Vaughan and Russel Perkins in New York advised Bregal Sagemount on a $960m fund formation, the manager’s first fund open to outside capital. Other clients include Barings, Crescent Capital Group and Innovatus Capital Partners.

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