Edward D. Sopher is a corporate partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Sopher is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Investment Funds Practice Group.
Mr. Sopher’s practice focuses on the establishment and operation of private investment funds, including private equity funds, funds of funds, hedge funds, distressed investment funds and real estate funds. He has extensive experience representing the investment managers and sponsors of these funds, as well as institutional investors, seed investors, placement agents and joint venture partners. His clients include AE Industrial Partners, Argonaut, Credit Suisse, GoldPoint Partners, GCM Grosvenor, Hamilton Lane, Investcorp, Neuberger Berman, Ottawa Avenue, Sheridan Production Partners, StepStone Group, Strategic Partners Fund Solutions and Third Point, among others.
Representing his investment fund clients in their investment activities, he has been involved in a wide variety of investment, private equity and financing transactions. He regularly represents secondary investment funds in their investment activities. His experience also extends to transactions involving investment management firms, including spin-outs, acquisitions, financings and joint ventures.
Mr. Sopher also represents financial institutions in connection with their partnership and employee profit participation arrangements. In addition to fund servicing and transactional work, he also advises his clients on SEC regulatory compliance and other general corporate matters.
Mr. Sopher is consistently featured in various publications as a leading lawyer in the area of private fund formation, including The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The International Financial Law Review, The Legal 500 United States, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers, the Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers and the PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook. Chambers notes that Mr. Sopher is “an outstanding expert in his field” and that he “provides fantastic cross-border support.”
Mr. Sopher is a member of several bar committees and a frequent speaker on matters relating to private investment funds.
Mr. Sopher was born in London, England, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and his Master of Arts in 1985 from Cambridge University. He is a member of the New York Bar and is also a solicitor in England and Wales.