Irwin Latner/Gregory Nowak
Irwin M. Latner is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Latner has a broad based practice that focuses on representing hedge fund and private equity fund managers in the establishment of private investment funds and their ongoing operations. He represents both domestic and offshore managers who employ varied investment strategies and need assistance with fund set up and structuring, SEC registration and reporting, agreements with strategic investors, developing effective compliance programs, marketing and advertising practices, employment and compensation arrangements, portfolio investment transactions, derivatives, and compliance with the myriad of federal and state laws applicable to their business. Mr. Latner also represents U.S. and non-U.S. based broker dealers, placement agents, commodity trading advisers, seeding and incubation firms, and other types of financial service companies and alternative investment firms.
Mr. Latner actively advises and assists clients in achieving their legal and business goals, including making strategic introductions to potential funding sources, key employees, consultants and service providers.
He also represents various private equity firms in transactional matters as well as both investors and fund managers/operators in joint venture funding transactions. In addition, Mr. Latner counsels family offices in all aspects of their business structure and investment operations and works with emerging companies on early stage financing and capital raising transactions, governance structures, and employment agreements and related compensation structures.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Latner was a partner and chair of the Hedge Fund Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York. He also co-founded Herrick's Family Office Group.
Gregory J. Nowak is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and a practice leader for hedge funds in the firm's Funds Services Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in securities law, particularly in representing investment management companies and other clients on matters arising under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the related Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Mr. Nowak also handles mergers and acquisitions, corporate and regulated investment company tax work and other corporate matters. He also represents broker-dealers and CTAs and CPOs with respect to matters under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act.
In addition, Mr. Nowak represents many hedge funds and other alternative investment funds in fund formation and investment and compliance matters, including compliance audits and preparation work. Mr. Nowak has represented a broad range of investment funds, from funds that use the traditional broad investment charters and invest globally in virtually any financial asset that can be readily traded to specialty niche funds with narrowly defined investment strategies that invest in distressed debt and other illiquid securities. He also represents fund managers with products spanning both the private equity and hedge fund markets.
Mr. Nowak also handles mergers and acquisitions, tax matters for corporations and registered investment companies and other corporate matters.
Mr. Nowak also has represented hospitals, health care systems and health care providers and other health care entities as outside general counsel and as special counsel in regulatory, corporate and transactional matters, business operations and many other issues.
Mr. Nowak writes and speaks frequently on issues involving investment management, health care and other matters. Mr. Nowak is the author of four books on hedge funds. Hedge Fund Disclosure Documents Line by Line - A User's Guide to Confidential Private Placement Memoranda for Funds Formed as Limited Liability Companies (the 2nd edition was published in January 2011; the 1st edition was published in 2004) and Hedge Fund Agreements Line by Line - A User's Guide to LLC Operating Contracts, (the 2nd edition was published in September 2009; and the 1st edition was published in 2004) All were published by Aspatore Publishing.
Mr. Nowak joined Pepper from Gartmore Global Investments, Inc., an asset management subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Nowak was Gartmore's executive vice president for mergers and acquisitions and was responsible for all aspects of acquisitions of investment advisory firms. He also was instrumental in developing and managing Gartmore's hedge fund business and in developing a compliance module that allows Gartmore to manage alternative assets, such as hedge funds, along with traditional investment products.
Before joining Gartmore, Mr. Nowak was in private practice as a partner in another large, Center City Philadelphia law firm.