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Jefferey LeMaster

Jefferey LeMaster


Jefferey LeMaster

Jefferey LeMaster’s practice has been primarily focused on investment management, including advising hedge funds and private equity funds, as well as registered investment companies.

Jeff’s experience is predominately related to investment management, with a particular focus on the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Jeff regularly advises sponsors of both private equity and hedge funds on organizational and regulatory issues, including aspects related to investment adviser registration, FINRA “new issues” and the Volcker Rule. Additionally, his work has included the formation and representation of U.S. registered closed-end investment companies, exchange-traded funds and the representation of underwriters in initial public offerings.

  • Cristalerías Toro SpA in connection with a Section 4(a)(2) private placement of US$60 million aggregate principal amount of fixed-rate notes with an eight-and-a-half year tenor
  • the underwriters, led by Wells Fargo Securities LLC, on the US$186,875,000 Nuveen Preferred and Income 2022 Term Fund closed-end fund offering
  • Deutsche Bank and the other Underwriters on the US$103,106,020 initial public offering of the Eagle Point Credit Company
  • the underwriters, led by Wells Fargo Securities LLC, on the US$188,500,000 initial public offering of AllianzGI Convertible & Income 2024 Target Term Fund
  • the underwriters, led by Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, on the US$250,780,000 initial public offering of KKR Income Opportunities Fund
  • Numerous private equity sponsors, including Double Haven Capital and Azentus Capital Management, on U.S. offering restrictions
  • Multiple hedge fund sponsors, including Asia Research & Capital Management and Pinyin Capital Management, on various U.S. securities aspects
  • The Taiwan Fund, UBS A.G. and the Cantilever Capital, LLC on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission exemptive application process
  • Numerous private equity and hedge fund sponsors on issues related to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the initial public offerings of over 25 closed-end investment companies
  • Various equity and debt issuers on Investment Company Act of 1940 issues in 144A/Regulation S offerings

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Career and qualifications

  • University of North Florida (BBA degree in finance) 2000
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2005
  • St. John's University (J.D.) 2006
  • Clifford Chance New York October 2006
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2007
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in California 2009
  • Clifford Chance Hong Kong September 2013
  • Partner since May 2018