Practice & Background

Mr. Hilkemann has significant experience with private equity funds, hedge funds and hybrid funds pursuing a variety of investment strategies, including energy, event-driven, real estate, venture capital, emerging markets, distressed debt, macro and funds of funds. Mr. Hilkemann regularly advises management companies in connection with fundraising, registration, investment activities (including negotiating side letters, direct equity and other forms of convertible investments), marketing, ongoing compliance and operational issues. Additionally, he advises management companies on internal structuring issues such as profit sharing arrangements and seeding transactions.

Mr. Hilkemann also regularly advises private equity funds, companies, sponsors and institutional investors in connection with transactional activities, including equity investments, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other strategic transactions. He also represents purchasers and sellers in corporate and real estate acquisitions/dispositions, and he has advised borrowers in commercial finance transactions, including secured and unsecured corporate and real estate financings.

Mr. Hilkemann received his B.A. with honors in history from Harvard University in 2007. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a senior editor for the Washington University Law Review.

Representative Matters

Mr. Hilkemann’s recent engagements include:

  • all aspects of the structuring, formation and closing of hedge, private equity and hybrid investment funds
  • a private equity manager in the establishment of a leveraged buyout fund
  • an energy fund manager in the formation of an energy fund focused on investments in oil and gas working interests
  • the investment activities of a private equity manager active in secondary market and co-investment transactions
  • a new fund manager in the establishment of a hybrid investment fund engaged in lending to lawyers
  • an energy fund manager in connection with respect to the sale of a minority interest in the firm
  • two venture capital fund managers in connection with the acquisition of portfolio investments
  • an energy fund manager in the formation of an energy fund focused on investments in leased and unleased mineral interests
  • negotiation of managed account arrangements and “single-investor” funds, as well as hybrid, pooled, family office vehicles
  • registration of investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940
  • structuring and negotiation of economic and governance arrangements among fund manager principals
  • real estate fund managers in connection with the structuring and preferred equity offerings of private REITs
  • a family office with regard to novel SEC exemptive relief from all provisions of the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Community Involvement

Mr. Hilkemann’s community, civic and charitable activities include serving as a volunteer attorney for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.