Adam Tope > DLA Piper LLP (US) > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Work Department

Finance; Corporate




Adam Tope provides investment fund sponsors, investors and principals with creative, commercial and realistic advice relating to fund formation and secondaries transactions. He brings a global perspective to his clients, having represented managers and investors in dozens of jurisdictions.

Adam’s sponsor-side clients regularly include prominent secondaries firms, private equity and hedge fund managers, real estate managers, middle market managers and startup managers/spinouts. He advises these clients with entity formation, introductions to service providers, discussions with placement agents, drafting of offering memorandums, negotiations with investors and Investment Advisers Act and Investment Company Act compliance, as well as guidance on ongoing operational funds. Adam has extensive experience with secondaries transactions including GP-led restructurings, tender offers, stapled secondaries and sales and purchases of significant pools of fund interests. Adam also draws on his experience as a former computer programmer to advise fund managers forming cryptofunds.

Adam has a prominent practice of investor-side clients including family offices, funds of funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds and royal families. He has represented these investors in hundreds of transactions in nearly every jurisdiction and in nearly every type of fund. These transactions include investments into private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds, funds of funds and hybrid funds. This work also includes representing investors in complicated secondary transactions, managed accounts, co-investments, funds of ones, joint ventures and other bespoke alternatives transactions. Adam also regularly represents fund principals with respect to the negotiation of their employment arrangements with funds. He has a deep understanding of how principal compensation is structured and can guide principals with the negotiation of vesting arrangements, key person/for cause removal rights, and rights to carried interest/promote.

Outside of the investment funds universe, Adam is a former serial entrepreneur, having served as the president and CEO of a technology incubator that was ranked as one of the 500 largest online companies – giving him an entrepreneurial perspective useful to first time funds, startups and venture-backed organizations.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; B.S., Cornell University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

(Next Generation Partners)

Adam TopeDLA Piper LLP (US)

Sponsor-side mandates are a core pillar of strength at DLA Piper LLP (US), and in this space, Nathaniel Marrs is recognized in particular for his work for US and international real estate fund sponsors. The team is also actively developing its investor-side practice; David Parrish and Nicole Brennig, both based in Austin, have extensive expertise in advising institutional investors. Other key contacts are John Reiss, and Adam Tope. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in New York. In 2020 Yasho Lahiri left for K&L Gates, and David Goldstein moved to Clifford Chance.