THE FIRM This team receives unanimous praise from peers and clients for its superior fund formation practice. Impressive in both its depth and breadth, the group is able to cover a vast spectrum of funds, including distressed debt, infrastructure, buyouts and fund of funds. This range of expertise continues to attract some of the biggest players in the industry, resulting in a client list that speaks for itself. The Carlyle Group, HarborVest, Morgan Stanley and Stone Point Capital have all worked closely with attorneys from the team this year. Clients express their satisfaction and highlight the caliber of the younger members of the team who look poised to drive the practice forward.
Commercial Awareness "They're very pervasive in the market and extremely organized. They stay on top of how the provisions are changing and give real counsel as to how we should fight or not, as the case may be."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Cochair of the group Michael Harrell receives outstanding feedback from sources who admire "his ability to see all aspects of a problem. He quickly hones in on biggest challenges and offers solutions to get past them." He has been occupied this year with a significant global distressed debt fund on behalf of Oaktree Capital Management. Interviewees further praise his superior "judgment and acumen."
The "pragmatic" Jennifer Burleigh "deserves to be mentioned with a superlative" according to one impressed interviewee. She led the team representing EIG Global Energy Partners on the formation of a $4.1 billion fund this year. "She has the knowledge but she's very practical as well, she understands the ultimate objective."
David Schwartz, who handles a significant amount of the group's work for HarborVest, attracts plaudits for his dedication and responsiveness: "I appreciate that he is very senior but he is always available to me when I need him."
Rebecca Silberstein is highly prized by her clients, one of whom notes: "She's smart, responsive, practical and knows the market." She has recently been working on a $3.5 billion financial services-focused fund for Stone Point Capital.
The "extremely intelligent and responsive" Jordan Murray has made a strong impression on the market, encouraging incredibly positive feedback for his work. "He always does the very best job that he possibly can. With that perfectionism comes a great balance of strong legal skills and good negotiating and business acumen."
Peers and clients are quick to heap praise on Erica Berthou, with one source commenting: "She is phenomenal." She has been busy working on a South American buyout fund for The Carlyle Group this year. "She is super to work with, has lots of energy and works very hard."