Edward 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, credit 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 Argonaut Private Capital, Credit Suisse, GoldPoint Partners, GCM Grosvenor, Hamilton Lane, Neuberger Berman, Ottawa Avenue, StepStone Group, Blackstone Strategic Partners and Third Point, among others.
He has been involved in a wide variety of investment, private equity and financing transactions for his investment fund clients, including co-investments, fund restructurings and recapitalizations. He regularly represents Blackstone Strategic Partners and other secondary investment funds in their secondary investment and financing activities. His experience also extends to transactions involving investment management firms, including stake investments, spin-outs, acquisitions, financings and joint ventures.
Mr. Sopher also represents investment firms in connection with their partnership and employee profit participation arrangements, and advises on SEC regulatory and other compliance matters.
Mr. Sopher is consistently featured in various publications as a leading lawyer in the area of private fund formation, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America®, Who’s Who Legal Private Funds: Formation, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The International Financial Law Review, The Legal 500 United States and the PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook. Mr. Sopher is also recognized in Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers, Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers and Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers. Chambers notes that Mr. Sopher is “an outstanding expert in his field,” “seasoned and thoughtful,” “someone who you come to with tough issues,” 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.
University of Cambridge - 1985 Master of Arts
University of Cambridge - 1982 Bachelor of Arts
England & Wales - Solicitor
New York Bar