Christopher Scully is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group of the Corporate Department. He focuses his practice on representing private investment funds and SEC-registered, state registered and exempt advisers. In particular, Mr. Scully represents clients in connection with:

  • Private fund formation, structuring and fundraising, including the preparation of fund offering documents and other materials;

  • Regulatory and compliance matters (including registering advisers with the SEC and CFTC, developing compliance programs and codes of ethics for investment advisers, assisting with ongoing compliance obligations and advising investment advisers undergoing SEC examinations); 

  • Reviewing and negotiating separately managed account agreements;

  • Reviewing investor communications and marketing materials;

  • Drafting operating agreements for investment advisers;

  • Preparing regulatory filings (e.g., filings required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);

  • Negotiating third-party contracts with service providers; and

  • Negotiating seed arrangements.


Thought Leadership


Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act Considerations for Venture Capital Funds, Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (two volume treatise), contributing author, 2016 and 2017 Supplement


Panelist, 2021 Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit, Fall 2021 

Panelist, 2020 Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit, Fall 2020

Panelist, 2019 Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summits, Fall 2019

Panelist, 2018 Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summits, Fall 2018

Panelist, “Compliance Programs Rules and Strategies for Managing Your Annual Review,” NRS Investment Adviser Compliance Symposium (Chicago), July 20, 2016

Panelist, “Insider Trading and Advisory Contracts,” NRS Investment Adviser Compliance Symposium (Chicago), July 21, 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015Illinois
  • 2022District of Columbia
  • 2010New York


  • Albany Law SchoolJ.D. (Business Law Concentration)

    with Honors, magna cum laude


    Executive Editor for Business, Albany Law Review

    Member, Justinian Honor Society

  • Boston CollegeB.S., Management (Finance & Marketing Concentrations), Pre-Law Programcum laude2005