ProfessionalsRobert M. Hirsh
Of counsel in the Corporate Department and chair emeritus of the Private Funds Group, Robert M. Hirsh focuses on the organization, operation and restructuring of private investment funds, including buyout funds, hybrid funds and venture capital funds.
Bob has handled organizational work for numerous buyout fund sponsors, including:
- CI Capital;
- General Atlantic;
- Haas Wheat;
- Liberty Partners;
- Silver Peak;
- Sterling Group;
- Unison; and
Participating in the development of the terms for the individual funds, Bob has acted as advisor with regard to the preparation of the funds' offering materials and fund raising strategies, and the preparation and negotiation of the definitive organizational documents.
Bob also has handled groundbreaking transactional work involving funds, including employment arrangements and multi-billion dollar private equity fund spin-outs and restructurings, including:
- the spin-outs from JPMorgan of JPMorgan Partners (now CCMP) and the Bear Stearns merchant banking businesses (now Irving Place Capital);
- the spin-outs from Lehman Brothers of both Lehman merchant banking business (now Trilantic Capital) and Lehman real estate private equity business (now Silver Lake Partners); and
- the spin-out of the Citi Private Equity business to Lexington and StepStone.
Bob also handled major secondary sales of fund interests by Citibank and JPMorgan.
Bob is recognized as a Senior Statesman in the area of investment funds by Chambers USA. He is also recognized by The Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America in the area of private funds/hedge funds law.
Bob taught in and administered educational programs in poverty areas and prisons for six years before entering law school, and for three years while attending law school. He graduated first in his class from the New York University School of Law. He began at the firm in the Tax Department in 1977, shifted to the Corporate Department in 1980 and began the Investment Funds Group in 1995.