Joel A. Wattenbarger

Joel Wattenbarger represents investment management clients, focusing primarily on hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity funds and fund managers. He advises clients on the establishment of funds and fund management companies, trading and other operational issues, and compliance issues faced by registered investment advisers. Most recently, Joel has devoted substantial time to advising hedge fund and other private fund clients on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and proposed and final rules issued by the SEC under the Act. Joel also has considerable experience representing institutional investors in private investment funds.

Joel has represented a number of private funds and fund managers in connection with the establishment of fund management companies and the organization of hedge funds, private equity funds and funds of funds. Joel’s advice to fund managers has covered the drafting of fund agreements and offering documents, facilitating strategic investments by seed investors in newly-established funds, negotiating with prime brokers, administrators and other service providers to funds, trading issues, investor relations, fund restructurings, and wind-downs.

Joel has also advised fund managers and their principals with respect to economic and governance issues at fund management companies. He has advised US and foreign investment managers regarding the US investment adviser regulatory regime and has assisted numerous advisers with registering as an adviser and adopting and administering compliance policies and procedures.

Joel also has extensive experience representing institutional investors, including pension plans, endowments, insurance companies and funds-of-funds, in making investments in private investment funds and other structured investment vehicles. These investments have included both traditional hedge fund and fund of fund investments as well as specialized vehicles established to pursue highly customized investment strategies.


Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Corporate, 2) Investment Management, 3) Private Investment Funds, 4) Hedge Funds, 5) Special Situations, 6) Investment Advisers and 7) Regulatory Compliance
Law School Harvard Law School (J.D.1999)
Education Yale University (B.A. 1993)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of New York, State Bar Of Massachusetts
Most recent firm Ropes & Gray LLP
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