Private Equity Lawyers

Private equity (PE) lawyers are specialized attorneys who advise PE firms on issues such as fund formation and fund-raising, regulatory compliance, investment activity, portfolio company management, exits, securities regulation, intellectual property, tax, corporate finance and restructuring, and litigation and dispute resolution. Some PE lawyers work for fund investors (e.g., endowment funds, high-wealth individuals, pension plans, and family trusts).

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Associates, Attorneys, Chief Legal Officers, General Counsels, Managing Attorneys
Duties Advise private equity firms regarding issues such as fund formation and fundraising, regulatory compliance, investment activity, portfolio company management, and exits
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in New York City and in other cities with large financial sectors
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Speech
Experience Experience as a law intern in alternative assets is highly recommended for entry-level positions; chief legal officers need 5 to 10 years of mergers and acquisitions experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Financial
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Managing Attorney
  • Associate
  • Legal Intern

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