Laura S. Friedrich is a partner and global head of Shearman & Sterling’s Investment Funds Group, with a concentration in private fund formation, structuring and compliance matters. Ms. Friedrich has extensive experience working with U.S. and international private equity, venture capital and hedge funds and their sponsors, with investments in the United States, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East and Asia. She has represented sponsors in a variety of asset categories, including buy-out, real estate, fund of fund, debt, energy, infrastructure, transportation and media. Ms. Friedrich also advises investors on the purchase of interests in private funds, and sponsors on the structuring and documentation of their management company arrangements. She is based in New York.
Ms. Friedrich graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (magna cum laude) in 1993 with honors in Economics, and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1996. She served as an Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
Ms. Friedrich currently serves as Vice Chair of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Legal & Regulatory Council, and is a member of the Private Investment Funds Forum.