Bryan R. Ricapito

“Strength in advising sponsor-side clients on fund formation matters”

Legal 500 US 2019

Funds have different needs over the course of their lifecycles. Clients turn to Bryan Ricapito for his perspective and skill in managing these needs. Bryan helps private investment fund sponsors in the formation, fundraising, operations, management, tax, and structuring of their investment vehicles, including in their investment structuring and acquisition and divestiture of portfolio companies.

Bryan has acted as the lead lawyer in the sponsor-side negotiation of more than US$13 billion in private equity commitments to various investment funds and co-investment vehicles.

He counsels clients on all aspects of fund formation, administration, and regulatory compliance, including structuring, governance, and investor relations. Bryan is regularly involved in the formation of specialized investment vehicles and other alternative asset arrangements on behalf of management teams, parties in joint ventures, and investors. Bryan has experience with numerous alternative asset structuring jurisdictions including Canada, the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, Mauritius, and the Netherlands. His diverse sector experience includes energy and renewable energy, real estate, technology, health care, and communications.

Bryan represents institutional investors in connection with various aspects of their investment programs, including investments in private investment funds and co-investments and also regularly advises these investors in connection with complex secondaries transactions, including fund recapitalizations and restructurings.

Bryan advises his private clients on regulatory issues relating to the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. He has also advised public companies as to SEC compliance, reporting, and disclosure requirements.

Previously, Bryan was an associate at another international law firm. Before becoming a lawyer, Bryan held management positions in the technology and financial services sectors.

Awards and recognitions


Investment Fund Formation and Management: Private Equity Funds (including venture capital)
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 2006

M.B.A., Babson College, cum laude, 2001

B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1993

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Related practices

Corporate Investment Funds

Representative experience

Represented three separate private investment firms in connection with their structuring and organizing of Qualified Opportunity Funds.

Represented sponsor Riverstone Holdings in connection with the formation of its flagship energy funds.

Represented ACON Investments in connection with the formation of its most recent Latin America and middle-market buyout funds.

Represented Alpine Investors in connection with the formation of a recent U.S. buyout fund.

Represents Summit Peak Investments in the formation of its private funds, including funds of funds and co-invest entities as well as secondaries transactions.

Represented a large global asset manager in the formation of a US$300m China-focused private equity fund in the renewable energy space.

Represents a New York-based asset manager in connection with their flagship US$3bn private investment fund.

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