When it comes to understanding private equity and the investment management business, Kevin Lees understands his clients’ needs and concerns because he too has been a client himself and faced the same issues.
Previously the director of legal/compliance for a middle-market buyout firm with investments across the United States and throughout Latin America, he has worked alongside investment professionals both to facilitate fundraising and coordinate buyout and similar transactions. In that role, Kevin developed a growing Advisers Act regulatory compliance program, and like many registered investment advisers, he grappled with some of the most pressing issues currently facing the investment industry, such as developing cybersecurity best practices, mitigating conflicts of interest, managing monitoring and transaction fees, and complying with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering and similar rules.
Kevin has several years of prior experience in private practice, representing leading venture capital, private equity buyout, energy infrastructure, real estate and hedge funds based both in developed markets (Washington, D.C., New York, California, Spain and Germany) and in emerging markets (India, Mexico and Hong Kong/China). He has guided investment advisers from start to finish through the fundraising process, from entity formation to drafting and negotiating private placement memoranda, fund agreements, side letters and management agreements. He has also advised clients with respect to ongoing fund governance matters, investment structuring issues, co-investment arrangements and regulatory concerns under Regulation D of the Securities Act, the Advisers Act and otherwise. Kevin has significant experience with investment advisory registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and he has worked with clients to maintain their status as exempt reporting advisers.
Earlier in his career, Kevin reported on and covered various international affairs matters as a freelance journalist, in line with his passion for the unique challenges that clients face across global markets. His work has been published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, and elsewhere. Kevin brings the same zeal for clear and effective communication to his advocacy for clients.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- LGBT Bar Association of D.C.