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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, 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, Carlyle and Ares, among others, on registered funds, transactional and regulatory matters. 

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Work Highlights
  • Counsel to registered funds and BDCs, including for Blackstone and Oaktree
  • 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 Ares in its joint venture with CION, KKR in the KKR Prisma/PAAMCO joint venture and Carlyle in its joint venture with OppenheimerFunds
  • 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 Affiliated Managers Group, in several transactions including AQR Capital and Systematica, and Blackstone in its investments in Leonard Green Partners, Kohlberg & Co. and PAG.
  • 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 (2014-2017)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2017)
  • 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
  • Investment Management Regulation Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, ABA Task Force for the Fund Directors Guidebook
  • 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, 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, Carlyle and Ares, among others, on registered funds, transactional and regulatory matters. 

Labeled “smart, creative and responsive” by The 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 was named Independent Counsel of the Year at the 2018 Mutual Fund Awards. 

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

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