Fund & Investor

Venture Best has extensive experience in the financial sector—not only as attorneys, but also as investors and entrepreneurs. We represent clients in investment fund formation, private equity investments, venture capital and growth capital financing.

We advise funds and fund sponsors on structuring, forming, and operating all types of investment funds. We can help you with a broad range of structures, from traditional venture capital and private equity funds to special-purpose vehicles, pledge funds, and bespoke investment strategies. 

Our team is actively involved in the entrepreneur ecosystem. We’ve worked with hundreds of investors and start-ups across the country, and we understand the fast-moving world of emerging and high-growth companies. This means we offer clients consistent insight into market values, current trends, and exciting opportunities. We often partner with our clients to make meaningful matches between funding sources and high-potential companies.

We offer strategic guidance in areas such as:

  • Fund formation
  • Portfolio company investments and acquisitions
  • Regulatory and compliance issues
  • Tax advice 
  • Fundraising and partner transactions
  • Distribution strategies
  • Registration of investment advisers and broker-dealers

Service Areas

Fund Formation

Venture Best counsels both established and emerging funds (and their financial backers) on sponsor and investment vehicle formation or continuation, portfolio company acquisition and management, meeting regulatory requirements and ongoing compliance, and sponsor-level exit or investment transactions.

We offer clients a holistic approach by drawing on our experience in multiple practice areas, such as corporate, securities, employment, benefits, and taxation. For sponsors, we also advise on management entities’ internal governance, partner and leadership transition, joint ventures, and economic allocations of carried interest and other compensation.

In addition to advising funds and sponsors on formation and operations, Michael Best has deep experience counseling fund clients on implementing investment strategies and deploying fund capital in a variety of industries and structures.

Venture & Growth Capital

Venture Best represents private equity funds, companies seeking to raise private capital, and investors in all aspects of financing, acquisitions, and exit transactions. Our work includes structuring investor returns, providing tax advice, and preparing or reviewing offering materials and designations of equity ownership classes and distribution preferences in a limited liability company or partnership.

We also serve as counsel to portfolio companies in many different industries. Our extensive knowledge of these industries, combined with our deep understanding of the private equity business and financial markets, adds significant value for all our private equity clients.

Our team represents venture capital and angel investors, funds, and financial institutions in everything from initial seed rounds to later-stage investments and portfolio management. We serve both company- and investor-side clients in transactions that fund and support the high-growth economy.

Broker-Dealer & Investment Advisers

In an increasingly complex regulatory environment, our Broker-Dealer & Investment Advisers group provides full-service strategic counsel to clients such as clearings firms, broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds, family offices, VC and PE funds, angel network funds, accelerators, and evergreen funds, among others.

We advise on a variety of regulatory and compliance needs, including ongoing compliance for registered investment advisers and exempt reporting advisers, exemptions from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, registration of investment advisers and broker-dealers, and SEC and FINRA examinations.

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