Overview

Scott Moehrke leads the Investment Management Practice Group, where he practices in securities and corporate law with significant experience representing financial services companies, such as investment advisers, investment companies, business development companies and broker-dealers. His practice focuses on complex business transactions, including registered and exempt fund formations and ongoing operations, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures of funds and fund managers, public and private securities offerings, novel product design and structuring, SEC compliance, board of directors and governance matters and institutional shareholder rights matters. He also has significant experience advising public and private companies on investment company status issues under the Investment Company Act of 1940. In The Legal 500 U.S., an independent commentary on leading law firms around the world, clients describe Scott as "proactive and accessible" and say he has "an unusual mix of being knowledgeable about regulations, while maintaining good business knowledge."

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

Scott has co-authored numerous publications including:

  • "SEC Enforcement Eyes Private Equity Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, April 16, 2012
  • "JOBS Act Reforms Should Benefit Private Funds," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, April 12, 2012
  • "SEC Adopts Private Fund Reporting Form PF," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, October 9, 2011
  • "Dodd-Frank Update for Private Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 30, 2011
  • "SEC Registration Update," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, European Edition, February 23, 2011
  • "EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive: What Does it Mean for U.S. Private Fund Managers?" Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, November 12, 2010
  • "SEC Registration: Practical Pointers for Non-U.S. Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, European Edition, October 14, 2010
  • "Dodd-Frank Act Affects Private Fund Managers and Investors," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, July 21, 2010
  • "SEC Registration For Non-U.S. Managers — It's Happening!" Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, European Edition, July 21, 2010
  • "SEC Adopts Rule Prohibiting "Pay to Play" for Investment Advisers, their Principals and Employees, Including Private Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, July 7, 2010
  • "House-Senate Conference Committee Agrees: Large Private Equity Fund Managers Must Register as Investment Advisers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 16, 2010
  • "Senate Financial Services Reform Bill — Effect on Private Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, May 25, 2010
  • "Update on Financial Services Reform for Private Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, March 25, 2010
  • "Regulation of Private Equity Firms: E.U. and U.S. Developments," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, European Edition, March 17, 2010
  • "Financial Services Reform for Private Fund Advisers — Where are We?" Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, February 5, 2010
  • "Regulation of European Private Equity Firms: Where are we now?" Kirkland & Ellis LLP Brief, December 18, 2009
  • "Increase in Insider Trading Enforcement Affecting Private Funds," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, November 17, 2009
  • "U.S. Regulation Update: Investment Advisers Act Registration for Private Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Brief, September 15, 2009
  • "SEC Proposes Rule Prohibiting "Pay to Play" for Investment Advisers, Including Private Equity and Other Private Fund Principals," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, August 10, 2009
  • "Treasury's Regulatory Reform Proposals — Impact on Private Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 24, 2009
  • "'Pay-to-Play' Arrangements and Placement Agent Involvement with Public Pension Funds Subject to Nationwide Investigations," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, May 14, 2009
  • "Private Fund Manager Regulation Continues: Proposed European Regulation of Alternative Investment Fund Managers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, May 5, 2009
  • "Financial Service Reform Begins — Proposed Registration of Private Funds and Their Advisers," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, February 5, 2009 
  • "SEC Issues Emergency Orders on Short Selling and Announces Expanded Market Manipulation Investigation," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, September 22, 2008
  • "Treasury Proposes Regulations Implementing Foreign Investment and National Security Act," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 13, 2008
  • "Investment Funds in the United States," Practical Law Company Investment Funds Handbook, February 2008
  • "SEC Proposes Stricter Accredited Investor Test for Private Equity, Hedge and Certain Other Funds," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, January 9, 2007
  • "Appeals Court Throws Out SEC Rule Requiring Registration of Hedge Fund Advisers" Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 27, 2006
  • "Non-U.S. Public Offerings by Private Equity Funds — A New Chapter in Fundraising," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, May 25, 2006
  • "New SEC Rule Requires Registration for Most Hedge Fund Advisers" Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert, December 10, 2004
  • "Publicly Offered Private Equity Funds — Recent BDC Offerings," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert, May 6, 2004
  • "Anti-Money Laundering, Privacy Safeguards and Proxy Voting Developments," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert, May 5, 2003
  • "CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Private Funds from CPO and CTA Registration," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert, November 6, 2002
  • "Investment Adviser Regulation of Private Equity Fund General Partner," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Venture Capital Review, Summer 2002

Seminars

Frequent speaker on fund, corporate and securities law issues

Recognition

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012–2017

Recognized in Who’s Who Legal for Private Funds: Regulatory

Served on the Board of Directors of the Business Law Section of state bar

Former chairman of state bar subcommittee on state securities law

Member of various committees on investment advisers and investment companies

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois

Education

  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.High Honors1989

    Article Editor, Duke Law Journal

    Symposium Editor for a corporate law symposium

    Order of the Coif

  • Marquette UniversityB.A.cum laude1985