ProfessionalsMarco V. Masotti
Marco V. Masotti is recognized as one of the country’s leading lawyers in the alternative asset management industry. For over 25 years, Marco has led and built the firm’s private funds team into one of the elite practices in the marketplace. He serves as Global Co-Head of the Private Funds Group and has served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. 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 “fantastic, dedicated to his clients and extremely experienced.” Marco was named a 2023 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, and has also been recognized as a Law360 MVP in three areas, including Fund Formation, Private Equity and Asset Management.
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: Apollo, Atlas, Avenue, Brighton Park, Centerbridge, Clearlake, Crestview, EagleTree, Gamut, General Atlantic, King Street, KKR, Liberty Strategic Capital, Oak Hill, OceanSound, Palladium, Roark, Sageview, Searchlight, Silver Point, TowerBrook, Värde and Wellspring, among dozens of others.
Marco’s recent representations include:
- Apollo Investment Fund X, a $20 billion buyout fund, and Apollo Investment Fund IX, a $24.7 billion buyout fund
- Apollo Strategic Origination Partners, a $12 billion direct lending platform
- Centerbridge Special Credit Partners IV, a credit fund totaling $3.3 billion
- Clearlake Capital Group in its acquisition of Chelsea Football Club in a consortium co-led with Todd Boehly, Chairman and CEO of Eldridge
- Clearlake Capital Partners IV, a $1.4 billion buyout fund
- EagleTree Partners V, a $1.1 billion buyout fund
- Gamut Investment Fund I, a $1 billion buyout fund
- KKR Dislocation Opportunities Fund, a $2.8 billion dislocation fund
- Liberty Strategic Capital Fund I, a private equity fund
- Oak Hill Capital Fund V, a $3.75 billion buyout fund
- OHA Strategic Credit Fund III, a $2.3 billion credit fund
- Roark Capital Partners VI, 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 XIII, a $2.5 billion credit fund
- 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 Steven Mnuchin in connection with the formation of his private equity firm and initial fundraise, as well as 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 Angelo Gordon in its $2.7 billion sale to TPG to form TPG Angelo Gordon; Baring Private Equity Asia in its approximately $7.5 billion sale to EQT AB; Oak Hill Advisors in its $4.2 billion sale to T. Rowe Price; EagleTree Capital in its investments from affiliates of AlpInvest Partners and Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board; Oak Hill Capital in a strategic minority investment by Stonyrock Partners; Daniel Och, founder and CEO of Och-Ziff Capital Management, in connection with his preferred investment in the company; Fortress Principals in connection with the sale of Fortress Investment Group to Softbank Group; KPS Capital Partners in its sale of a minority interest to Dyal Capital Partners; and Reservoir Capital in its sale of a minority investment to Credit Suisse.
In 2023, Marco was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his role advising Clearlake in its acquisition of Chelsea Football Club. Private Equity International named Marco one of “The 100 Most Influential of the Decade.” He 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. 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 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.
Marco is a member of the Economic Club of New York, and 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 a director 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 the City University of New York School of Law. In addition, Marco serves on the ILR Advisory Council of Cornell University.
Marco is the controlling partner of the Sharks professional rugby team located in Durban, South Africa.
Marco was awarded a Fulbright Placement Award upon graduating from the University of Natal School of Law.