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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, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, permanent capital vehicles and M&A transactions. Rajib has regularly represented Blackstone (including GSO), KKR, Oaktree, Carlyle and Ares, 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, Oaktree and BC Partners
  • Business development company matters, including representation of GSO with respect to the Franklin Square funds; KKR, in its transaction to become sole adviser to Corporate Capital Trust; and Oaktree, in its acquisition of the Fifth Street BDC relationship
  • 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 of asset management businesses, including Blackstone and Corsair Capital, in their majority investment in First Eagle Investment Management and Lightyear Capital, in its purchase of AIG Advisor Group
  • Investments in asset management firms, including several investments by each of Affiliated Managers Group and Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings
  • Social media advice to Oaktree, Blackstone and Allianz, among others
  • Counsel to fund boards, including the Independent Trustees of the Stone Ridge Funds
Accolades
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, Leading Lawyer (2017-2018); Rising Star (2014-2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2014-2018)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2017-2018)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (Rising Star 2013-2015)
  • 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
  • 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, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, permanent capital vehicles and M&A transactions. Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Rajib has regularly represented Blackstone (including GSO), KKR, Oaktree, Carlyle and Ares, 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. 

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

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

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