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Jahan  Sharifi

Jahan Sharifi

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

New York, NY, USA

Jahan Sharifi specializes in investment and financing transactions, including private equity and venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private investments in public companies. He regularly assists hedge funds and private equity funds in investing in companies in a broad range of industries in the U.S. and other countries. Mr. Sharifi works with clients throughout the life cycle of their investments in companies: advising them on their rights and duties as investors, including with respect to board appointees; negotiating follow-on investments; evaluating proposed investments by new investors; effecting divestitures through private sales or the public markets; and providing guidance on restructuring or recapitalization of companies.

In addition to working with investment funds in negotiating portfolio investments, Mr. Sharifi represents sponsors in structuring and capitalizing new private investment funds and other investment vehicles. He represents both fund sponsors and investors in negotiating seed investments in new management companies and new funds.

Mr. Sharifi has been active in developing the firm’s peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace lending practice. He represents clients establishing online lending platforms, including advising on securities laws applicable to such platforms, as well as federal and state law lending regulations.

Mr. Sharifi also regularly advises clients on complex issues relating to the receipt of confidential information, as well as market standards for non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.


  • Startup companies in establishing online lending platforms and raising equity capital and debt commitments for these companies.
  • Formation and capitalization of a specialty finance company focusing on the franchising sector and its Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) subsidiary, as well as representing the company in providing mezzanine debt and preferred equity financing to franchisees.
  • Newly-formed private equity fund management company in negotiating an anchor investment.
  • Lead investor in providing equity funding in the formation and capitalization of a sidecar reinsurance vehicle.
  • Co-investors in private equity investments in a lithium-ion battery manufacturer.
  • Financial investor in providing seed capital for a newly-formed hedge fund in Brazil.


Corporate & Business Transactions

Fund Formation & Investment Management

Lending Transactions

Marketplace Lending

Mergers & Acquisitions

Private Equity

Securities Transactions

Venture Capital

Operational Advice

Private Fund Advisers


University of Chicago Law School, J.D. with honors, 1993

Fels Center of Gov’t University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A., 1991

University of Chicago, B.A. with honors, 1987

Deep Springs College


New York


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