James G. Silk is a partner in the Asset Management Group. He advises clients across a broad spectrum of both transactional and regulatory matters involving the asset management industry. In that capacity, he advises fund sponsors in the launch of both private and public funds, investment advisers on registration and operational issues, and asset management firms on mergers and other significant corporate transactions both within the U.S. and globally.

In the area of fund formation, James advises both established investment advisers and emerging managers, with particular focus on hedge funds and other alternative funds. James also spends a significant amount of time advising sponsors of U.S. registered funds and business development companies, both publicly and privately placed, and has particular experience in the area of new product development that involves innovative businesses and legal analysis.  He has advised on dozens of successful asset management M&A transactions over the years, including both public and private deals and controlling as well as minority stake acquisitions, and is intimately familiar with the unique business and legal challenges of transactions in this area.

James regularly counsels some of the largest and most successful asset management firms, including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Ares Capital, KKR and Morgan Stanley, on a wide variety of legal and compliance issues. He has particular experience dealing with registration issues under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act, and has counseled many clients on the SEC registration process as well as the various exemptions from registration for both U.S. and non-U.S. firms. James regularly advises boards of directors of public funds on both routine and non-routine matters, including activist situations, fund mergers, and debt and equity raises. He also has extensive experience advising publicly traded investment advisers and other publicly traded operating companies on "inadvertent investment company" and other structuring issues. He has had significant dealings with regulators on behalf of clients in the area of asset management, in particular dealing with the SEC in connection with both routine and non-routine inquiries.


  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of Virginia, B.S., 1991

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