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Michael S. Hong

Michael S. Hong

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

New York, NY, USA

Michael S. Hong is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the firm's Private Funds Group. Michael focuses his practice on the formation of a variety of private investment funds, including buyout funds, hedge funds, hybrid funds, credit funds, distressed debt funds and funds of funds. He has experience with the development and negotiation of the organizational documents of such funds, their managed accounts, the preparation of their offering materials and the development of their fund-raising strategies.

Michael obtained his joint J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law and Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. He was awarded the Gerald W. Schwartz Gold Medal upon his graduation from the Faculty of Law and was a Dean's List student during his time at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. Michael also served as a senior editor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review.


His private investment fund formation clients have included:
  • Apollo Global Management;
  • Avenue Capital;
  • BlackRock;
  • Fortress Group;
  • GSO / Blackstone;
  • Harvest Partners;
  • Oak Hill Advisors;
  • Oak Hill Capital Management;
  • Reservoir Capital; and
  • Wicks Group.

Michael speaks and writes articles about developments in the private funds industry. Most recently, he was a guest speaker at an event hosted by the Alternative Investment Financial Executives Association (AIFEA) and was a panelist at the Yale School of Management Private Equity Club's 10th Annual Private Equity Conference. Michael also contributes to the firm's Investment Management News: Market and Legal Update quarterly newsletter.

Michael also has extensive experience with transactions involving sales, purchases and joint ventures of a variety of alternative investment asset managers. His past representations include:

  Affiliated Managers Group in its acquisition of private equity fund of funds manager, Pantheon Ventures, for approximately $775 million;   

  The spin-out of approximately 75 former Lehman Brothers professionals in the formation of their new hedge fund

  R3 Capital Partners, and its subsequent acquisition by BlackRock;

  Ore Hill, a U.S. based credit specialist fund manager, in a sale of 50 percent of its interests to Man Group; and

  Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in its acquisition of an interest in Apollo Global Management.


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