ProfessionalsMarco V. Masotti
Marco V. Masotti is recognized as one of the country’s leading funds lawyers in the alternative asset management industry. He has served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. For more than two decades, Marco has led and built the firm’s Private Funds Group into one of the elite practices in the marketplace. Ranked Band 1 in Chambers, Marco is widely regarded as “one of the most exceptional lawyers in the area” for his “unparalleled experience and extraordinary reach in the fund formation space.” He is hailed as a “superstar” attorney who is a “master of explaining complicated or legalistic concepts in a simple manner.” Law360 named him a Private Equity MVP, the only funds lawyer on the list, and an Asset Management MVP.
Marco has a unique profile in the marketplace as an adviser to a wide variety of investment funds, including private equity funds, credit funds, growth capital funds, hedge funds and real estate funds. Over the course of his career, he has raised billions of dollars for his clients, including some of the most well-known alternative asset managers in the marketplace: Apollo, Atlas, Avenue, Blackstone/GSO, Clearlake, General Atlantic, KKR, KPS, Oak Hill, Reservoir, Roark, Silver Point, Värde and Wellspring. In 2017, Marco assisted with Apollo’s $24.7 billion flagship fund, the world’s largest private equity fund.
Marco’s recent representations include:
- Apollo Investment Fund IX, a $24.7 billion buyout fund;
- Avenue Special Situations Fund V, a $6 billion credit fund;
- Clearlake Capital Partners IV, a $1.4 billion buyout fund;
- Gamut Investment Fund I, a $1 billion buyout fund;
- KKR Special Situations Fund II, a $3.35 billion special situations fund;
- KPS Special Situations Fund IV, a $3.5 billion buyout fund;
- Oak Hill Capital Partners Fund IV, a $2.65 billion buyout fund;
- OHA Strategic Credit Fund II, a $2.7 billion credit fund;
- Roark Capital Partners V, a $5 billion buyout fund;
- Silver Point Distressed Opportunities Fund, a $1.5 billion credit fund;
- TowerBrook Fund V, a $4.25 billion buyout fund;
- Värde Fund XII, a $1.74 billion credit fund; and
- Wellspring Capital Partners VI, a $1.4 billion buyout fund.
In addition, Marco is a corporate adviser to many founders of alternative asset managers, including his representation of former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner in connection with his joining a major private equity firm.
Marco has extensive investment management M&A experience. His representations include Daniel Och, founder and CEO of Och-Ziff Capital Management, in connection with his preferred investment in the company; KPS Capital Partners in its sale of a minority interest to Dyal Capital Partners; Fortress Principals in connection with the approximately $3.3 billion sale of Fortress Investment Group LLC to Softbank Group; Moelis & Company in its acquisition of Gracie Credit; Oak Hill Advisors in its sale to General Atlantic and an affiliate of Robert M. Bass; and Reservoir Capital in its sale of a minority investment to Credit Suisse.
Private Equity International named Marco one of “The 100 Most Influential of the Decade.” Recognized as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500, clients say his “calm demeanor, depth of experience and creative approach to problem-solving make him a rare talent.” Who’s Who Legal ranks Marco as one of a select few Most Highly Regarded Individuals for private funds, commending him as “one of the smartest lawyers in funds work,” and he is also recognized as a Market Leader by IFLR1000 for his work in investment funds. Marco has also been featured by The Deal as one of the “Movers & Shakers” in the industry, named by Crain’s New York Business to its annual “40 Under 40” list, and profiled by the New York Observer as one of New York’s top corporate lawyers.
Marco is a sought-after thought leader in the alternative asset management industry. He frequently provides commentary on developments in the private funds marketplace and has been quoted extensively in the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere, as well as providing guest commentary on television news networks, including Bloomberg Television. He has presented at numerous industry conferences and fora.
Marco has served as Co-Chair of the Private Investment Funds Forum, Chair of the Private Investment Funds Subcommittee of the International Bar Association and Chair of the Private Investment Funds Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Marco serves as President of the Friends of the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa’s largest public interest, human rights law clinic, and he is part of the Founding Advisory Board for the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law. He has also provided pro bono services to the Clinton Foundation.
Marco was awarded a Fulbright Placement Award upon graduating from the University of Natal School of Law.