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Rajib Chanda
 

Rajib Chanda

Partner
 
900 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 
 
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Phone: +1-202-636-5543
Fax: +1-202-636-5502
Heading the Firm’s Registered Funds Practice, Rajib Chanda focuses on registered fund product development, design and structure. He has particular experience in helping alternative asset managers access retail investor channels through mutual funds, business development companies, listed and unlisted closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, permanent capital vehicles and M&A transactions. Rajib has represented Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle, BC Partners and SkyBridge, among others, on registered fund formation, transactional and regulatory matters.

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Work Highlights
  • Counsel to registered funds and BDCs, including for Blackstone, GSO, BC Partners and Skybridge
  • Business development company transactional matters, including representation of GSO with respect to its separation from the Franklin Square funds; Oaktree in its acquisition of the Fifth Street BDC relationship; BC Partners in its externalization of the management of the former KCAP BDC and the acquisition by KCAP of OHA Investment Corp.; and KKR in its transaction to become sole adviser to Corporate Capital Trust
  • Asset management joint ventures, including Carlyle in its joint venture with OppenheimerFunds, Ares in its joint venture with CION and KKR in the KKR Prisma/PAAMCO joint venture
  • Acquisitions and sales of asset management businesses, including MassMutual in the sale of OppenheimerFunds to Invesco; Oaktree in its merger with Brookfield; and Blackstone and Corsair Capital, in their majority investment in First Eagle Investment Management
  • Investments in asset management firms, including several investments by each of Affiliated Managers Group and Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings
  • Counsel to fund boards, including the Independent Trustees of the Stone Ridge Funds
Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2017-2020); Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2020)
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, Market Leader (2019-2020); Highly Regarded (2018); Leading Lawyer (2017); Rising Star (2014-2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2014-2020)
  • Independent Counsel of the Year, Mutual Fund Industry Awards, Winner, 2018; Nominee, 2016
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 2000 J.D.
    cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review; Hewlett Foundation Law & Negotiation Fellow
  • Brown University, 1997 A.B. (Economics)
    with honors
Associations
  • Advisory Board, Mutual Fund Directors Forum
  • Member, ABA Task Force on Fund Directors
  • Member, Fund Board Views’ Editorial Think Tank
  • Member, Fund Directions’ Advisory Board
  • Board Member, National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty
Admissions
  • Massachusetts 2001
  • District of Columbia 2005
  • New York 2012

Heading the Firm’s Registered Funds Practice, Rajib Chanda focuses on registered fund product development, design and structure. He has particular experience in helping alternative asset managers access retail investor channels through mutual funds, business development companies, listed and unlisted closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, permanent capital vehicles and M&A transactions. Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Rajib has represented Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle, BC Partners and SkyBridge, among others, on registered fund formation, transactional and regulatory matters. Rajib also provides counsel to boards of registered funds, and was named Independent Counsel of the Year at the 2018 Mutual Funds Awards. 

Chambers USA reports that clients say that “he is a wonderfully smart and practical lawyer” and that “he is responsive, commercial, and has the ability to be creative and think outside the box.” The Legal 500 says that he is “an industry thought leader who provides cutting edge advice on the most difficult questions.” 

Rajib is one of the Firm’s Hiring Partners and the Administrative Partner for the Washington office, and previously co-chaired the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

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