Overview

Robert Sutton is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he is a member of the Investment Funds Group. He focuses his practice on the regulation of the managers and advisers of private funds (including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and other private funds), as well as the formation and operation of hedge funds, hybrid funds and other private investment funds and their sponsors. He advises clients on a wide variety of fund related matters, including investment adviser registration and regulation, the structuring, formation and operation of investment advisers and management companies of such funds, seed arrangements, spin-off transactions, joint venture relationships, agreements with service providers, general securities law matters and other compliance and trading matters.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

Co-author, “2017 Review: Developments for SEC-Registered Private Fund Managers,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, January 22, 2018

Co-author, “Private Fund Manager Settles with SEC for Alleged Compliance Failures Involving Employee Sharing Confidential Information with Spouse,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, December 11, 2017

Co-author, “Recent Cyber-Attacks Against PE Firms and Portfolio Companies,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, March 13, 2017

Co-author, “Private Fund Manager Settles SEC Enforcement Case for Acting as Unregistered Broker,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 3, 2016

Co-author, “Private Fund Manager 2015 Review of Registered Investment Adviser Developments,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, January 4, 2016

Co-author, “Private Fund Manager Settles SEC Enforcement Case for Accelerated Monitoring Fees and Service Provider Discounts,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, October 13, 2015

Co-author, “House Passes Bill Creating Private Equity Fund Manager Investment Adviser Exemption, But Further Progress Uncertain,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, December 12, 2013

Co-author, “SEC Adopts New Rules for 'Bad Boy' Disqualifications for Regulation D Offerings,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, July 17, 2013

Co-author, “Private Fund Manager—Final IA Registration and Exemption Rules Adopted with Registration Deadline Extended to March 30, 2012,” and author, “House Bill Creating Private Equity Fund Adviser Exemption Approved by Financial Services Committee, but Faces Hurdles,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 30, 2011

Co-author, “Dodd-Frank Act Affects Private Fund Managers and Investors,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, July 21, 2010

Co-author, “House-Senate Conference Committee Agrees—Large Private Equity Fund Managers Must Register as Investment Advisors,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 16, 2010

Co-author, “Treasury's Regulatory Reform Proposals—Impact on Private Fund Managers,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, June 24, 2009

Co-author, “Financial Service Reform Begins - Proposed Registration of Private Funds and their Advisers,” appearing in Kirkland & Ellis LLP Private Equity Newsletter, February 5, 2009

Seminars

Speaker, Form ADV Workshop — New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, February 5, 26 and 27, 2018

Speaker, Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit — New York, October 12, 2017

Speaker, Co-Invest 2017: Navigating Regulatory Complexities and Maintaining Compliance — New York, March 27, 2017

Speaker, Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit — New York, November 16, 2016

Speaker, Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit — San Francisco, November 11, 2015

Speaker, Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit — New York, October 29, 2015

Speaker, Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit — New York, November 12, 2014

Speaker, Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit — San Francisco, October 28, 2014

Speaker, Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summit — New York, December 4, 2012

Speaker, Hedge Fund Networking Event: Market and Regulatory Trends Update — Chicago, October 11, 2011

Speaker, Practising Law Institute’s 12th Annual Private Equity Forum, panel on “Other Regulatory Developments Affecting the Marketing of Private Equity Funds” — New York, July 11, 2011

Speaker, Private Fund Manager Advisers Act Registration Seminar — New York, September 21, 2010

Speaker, Hedge Fund Networking Event: Market and Regulatory Trends Update — New York, May 11, 2010

Speaker, Chicago Bar Association Investment Management Subcommittee Meeting, “U.S. and European Short Sale Developments” and “IOSCO Hedge Fund Reporting Template” — Chicago, March 11, 2010

Speaker, Private Fund Investment Adviser Registration Seminar — New York, October 29, 2009

Moderator, Panel on Structuring Options for Bermuda Investment Funds, Annual Bermuda Financial Services Conference — New York, September 30, 2008

Recognition

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Alternative/Hedge Funds (2014–2015)

Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Private Funds for Fund Formation (2017–2018)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section, Hedge Fund Subcommittee

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999New York

Education

  • Fordham University School of LawJ.D.1998
    Editor, Fordham International Law Journal
  • Harvard CollegeA.B., History and Literaturecum laude1993