Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Proctor has joined the firm as a partner in the Asset Management Group in the New York office.
Mr. Proctor advises private fund managers on structuring, establishing, and operating private investment funds, including blind pools, co-investment funds, pledge funds, and other investment vehicles. Mr. Proctor also represents fund managers on their internal structuring and compensation matters, and frequently advises clients in connection with co-investments and seed investments in asset managers, as well as buyers and sellers in secondary market transactions involving private fund interests and portfolios of assets held by private funds. Mr. Proctor’s practice extends beyond fund managers to include institutional investors and family offices in connection with their investments in various private equity vehicles.
“We are delighted to have Mark join our asset management group. His experience and depth of knowledge in all matters related to the formation and operations of private equity funds, particularly credit, real estate and energy-focused funds, will expand our capabilities and allow us to better serve the growing needs of our clients in this space,” said Barry P. Barbash, co-head of Willkie’s Asset Management Group.
“I am very excited to join Willkie,” said Mr. Proctor. “The firm’s premier asset management practice, with its deep bench and global footprint, will enable me to deliver an exceptional level of service to clients.”
Mr. Proctor was most recently a partner and leader of the fund formation practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP. Prior to that he served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he advised businesses in Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. and the Merchant Banking Division.
Willkie’s Asset Management Group provides insight and knowledge into the legal needs of sponsors of public and private funds, bringing a practical, efficient approach to analyzing issues and solving problems. The group was recently recognized with the “Investment Funds Firm Award” at the 2017 Chambers USA Awards for excellence.