Michael Chiswick-Patterson’s practice focuses on investment fund formation, including co-investment offerings. Michael regularly advises fund sponsors, investors and other market participants on the organization, negotiation, structuring, and operations of investment funds. His practice also addresses internal governance, structuring, and regulatory compliance issues for the sponsors of investment funds, particularly under the Investment Advisers Act. His extensive experience in fund formation matters and the operational issues of investment managers ranges from smaller "first" funds and newly organized sponsors through multi-billion dollar funds and complex sponsor arrangements.

Michael has published a variety of articles regarding current topics in investment fund formation and related regulatory matters, including SEC and CFTC rules and regulations.


Thought Leadership


"SEC Enforcement Priorities for Private Equity Firms: Actions and Trends," (LexisNexis, December 7, 2016)

Appeals Mechanism in International Investment Disputes,” eds. Karl Sauvant and Michael Chiswick-Patterson (Oxford University Press, 2008)


Trends in Private Equity Investing & New Approaches, Moderator, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Investor Forum (Washington, D.C., 2017)

Accelerator Law, Bootcamp for Accelerator Managers (San Francisco, CA, 2017)

Launching Your New Fund, Austin Capital Factory (Austin, TX, 2016)


Named to the 2016 and 2017 “Rising Stars” lists published by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

Selected among the 2016 “Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40,” DCA Live, Washington, D.C.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2007

    Stone Scholar

  • Princeton UniversityA.B., Historymagna cum laude2002