Heading the Firm’s Registered Funds Practice, Rajib Chanda focuses on registered fund product development, design and structure, with particular experience in alternative strategies. Based in our Washington, D.C. and New York offices, Rajib has regularly represented Blackstone (including GSO), KKR, Oaktree and Ares, among others, on registered funds, transactional and regulatory matters.
Labeled “smart, creative and responsive” by Legal 500, Rajib has worked with alternative asset managers seeking to access retail investor channels through mutual funds, business development companies, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and permanent capital vehicles. He also regularly represents companies engaged in asset management M&A, including acquisitions, stakes deals and joint ventures. In addition, Rajib provides counsel to boards of registered funds, and has substantial experience advising companies on issues relating to social media and cybersecurity.
Rajib is a member of the Firm’s Diversity, Investment and Business Development Committees, and is one of the Firm’s Hiring Partners.
Rajib is one of the nation’s leading commentators on registered funds matters. He has spoken at least once at every annual conference sponsored by the Investment Company Institute, the Investment Advisers Association, the Independent Directors Council and the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. In addition, he has spoken at events sponsored by the American Bar Association, BoardIQ, Ignites, International Bar Association, the Maples Investment Funds Forum, NICSA and North American South Asian Bar Association. He is the author of over twenty articles on key issues facing the investment management industry, which have been published in publications such as the Financial Times, The Investment Lawyer, Fund Directions, Ignites, Board IQ, Bloomberg BNA, FundBoardViews, the Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation and the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, among others. He is also the co-author of two chapters of the PLI Treatise: Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation (relating to fund names and fund use of sub-advisers). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and the ABA Task Force for the Fund Directors Guidebook. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity, Investment and Business Development Committees, and is one of the firm’s Hiring Partners.
Rajib received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and a Hewlett Foundation Law & Negotiation Fellow. He received his A.B. (Economics), with honors, from Brown University. Rajib is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and New York.