Private investment fund investors are looking increasingly at a variety of factors in selecting funds. Boulder Partner Mark Weakley and Denver Counsel Elizabeth Kemery Sipes will moderate a panel discussion Sept. 20 at Bryan Cave’s Chicago office on top trends in private fund investments.

This event, organized by Opus Connect, will explore key issues such as which investment strategies are attracting investor interest; direct and co-investments; standardized fee reporting templates and the hidden costs of investing; and SRI/ESG/impact investing, among other topics.

Leader of Bryan Cave’s Technology, Entrepreneurial & Commercial Client Service Group, Weakley serves as strategic counsel to businesses of all sizes, from early stage and growing technology companies to mature companies. His representation focuses on complex transactional and business counseling in areas such as venture finance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, divestitures, business deals and contracts. Weakley is also co-leader of the firm's Fund Formation Team.  He has substantial experience advising sponsors and managers on the formation and operation of U.S. and offshore private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds and other pooled investment vehicles.

Sipes is co-leader of Bryan Cave’s Fund Formation Team. She counsels sponsors of onshore and offshore private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity, venture capital funds and fund of funds, in all stages of their business, including fund and upper-tier management structuring, adviser registrations and exemptions, investment company issues, side letter negotiations and ongoing operations. Sipes also has substantial experience advising strategic and financial buyers, sellers and investors in a wide variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, minority investments and strategic partnerships in the U.S. and overseas. Sipes represents institutional investors in making investments in private funds and spent a significant portion of her career as in-house counsel at a large asset manager in Denver, Colo.

Click here for more information about this event. This event corresponds to a series of upcoming events hosted by Bryan Cave, including the Responsible and Impact Investing Symposium in New York City on Nov. 10 and the Rocky Mountain Private Fund Advisers Summit in Denver on Nov. 30.