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Rajib Chanda
 

Rajib Chanda

Partner
 
900 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 
 
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Fax: +1-202-636-5502
Hailed as a “Trailblazer” by the American Lawyer for his legal contributions to the democratization of access by ordinary investors to private markets investments, Rajib helps asset management firms design, develop and structure investment products. Rajib heads the Firm’s Registered Funds practice. Rajib regularly represents the leading asset management firms in the US, including recent representations of AMG, Angelo Gordon, Apollo, Artisan Partners, BC Partners, Blackstone, Carlyle, First Eagle, JPMorgan Asset Management, KKR, New Mountain, Oaktree, Onex Credit, PIMCO, Sixth Street Partners, SkyBridge Capital and Third Point, among others.

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Work Highlights
  • Counsel to registered funds and BDCs, including for Blackstone, KKR, BC Partners and Skybridge
  • Business development company transactional matters, including representation of Blackstone/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 subsequent public BDC acquisitions of OHA Investment Corp. and Garrison Capital; 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 and KKR in its joint venture with iCapital with respect to the iCapital KKR Commitments Fund
  • 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 (since 2017); Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (since 2020)
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, Market Leader (since 2019); Highly Regarded (2018); Leading Lawyer (2017); Rising Star (2014-2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States (since 2014)
  • Independent Counsel of the Year, Mutual Fund Industry Awards, Winner, 2018; Nominee, 2016 and 2020
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 and Audit Committee Chair, National Homelessness Law Center
Admissions
  • Massachusetts 2001
  • District of Columbia 2005
  • New York 2012

Hailed as a “Trailblazer” by the American Lawyer for his legal contributions to the democratization of access by ordinary investors to private markets investments, Rajib helps asset management firms design, develop and structure investment products. Rajib heads the Firm’s Registered Funds practice.

Rajib has helped design investment products that have been publicly referred to as “revolutionary” and “category-killing.” Rajib also advises firms on M&A transactions in the asset management industry (acquisitions, minority investments and joint ventures).

Rajib regularly represents the leading asset management firms in the US, including recent representations of AMG, Angelo Gordon, Apollo, Artisan Partners, BC Partners, Blackstone, Carlyle, First Eagle, JPMorgan Asset Management, KKR, New Mountain, Oaktree, Onex Credit, PIMCO, Sixth Street Partners, SkyBridge Capital and Third Point, among others.

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.” He is one of only two registered funds attorneys in the United States designated as a “Market Leader” by IFLR 1000. Rajib also provides counsel to boards of registered funds, and has been nominated three times for the Independent Counsel of the Year award at the Mutual Fund Awards, winning in 2018.

Rajib is the Administrative Partner for the Washington, DC office of Simpson Thacher, and previously served as a Firm Hiring Partner and co-chaired the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

 

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