Growth of Akin Gump’s Funds Practice Continues with Addition of Kelli L. Moll

(New York, NY)  Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is pleased to announce that Kelli L. Moll has joined the firm as a partner and will lead Akin Gump’s well-respected hedge fund practice in New York. Previously, she was a partner in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Ms. Moll has extensive experience representing investment managers in all aspects of their business, focusing primarily on hedge fund and private equity fund formation, regulatory advice, seed capital arrangements and partnership arrangements among principals.

Ms. Moll’s arrival follows the firm’s recent announcement that two leading partners, Tim Pearce and Ian Meade, would be joining the firm’s investment funds practice in London from Simmons & Simmons.

Akin Gump chairman R. Bruce McLean said, “We recognize that the funds market is continually evolving, and the firm is committed to providing our clients with the counsel and knowledge they need to be successful. With Kelli, we’re adding a highly regarded lawyer with a great track record of success and an enormous depth of experience—she’ll be an excellent addition to a leading funds team that already contains a deep bench of talented lawyers.”

Investment funds practice co-leader Stephen Vine added, “I’m very proud of the success we’ve had building a top-notch funds practice both in the U.S. and globally, and Kelli’s arrival continues that trend. The depth of her knowledge of investment funds coupled with her keen business sense will make Kelli an ideal fit for our practice and a tremendous resource for our clients.”

“Joining Akin Gump’s funds team is a tremendous opportunity for me, personally,” stated Ms. Moll, “and I expect that clients will see the benefit of having not only the firm’s long tradition of funds experience in their corner, but also access to its impressive global platform. I especially look forward to my leadership role in further expanding the firm’s impressive hedge fund practice.”

About Kelli Moll

Kelli Moll represents numerous large entrepreneurial and institutional managers in the formation of hedge and private equity funds. She also represents managers of hedge funds and private equity funds regarding a wide range of seed capital arrangements; compensation arrangements among partners and employees, including vesting arrangements and restrictive covenants; and proprietary trading groups in spin-offs from investment banks. Further, she represents investment managers in the acquisition of trading groups and in private equity co-investments, as well as with regard to registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and related compliance.

She is a frequent lecturer on hedge funds and has written extensively on issues of importance to investment funds and their managers.

Ms. Moll received her J.D. in 1993 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was both a staff editor of The Business Lawyer and case editor of the Loyola Consumer Law Reporter, and her B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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