Paul Hastings Adds Premier Investment Funds Partner in New York

November 27, 2023

NEW YORK – In a move that further strengthens its growing global funds offering, Paul Hastings LLP announced today that leading investment funds lawyer Anna Rips has joined the firm as a partner in New York from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

The addition of Rips bolsters Paul Hastings’ premier investment funds and private capital practice with particular expertise in credit funds at a time when global private credit assets under management approach $1.5 trillion. The move strengthens the firm’s position as a go-to legal partner for asset managers and private funds needing sophisticated, forward-looking and practical legal services for the full range of their private credit products.

“Anna is an elite funds lawyer whose experience with credit funds is synergistic with our broad base of asset management clients in private credit, special situations and other asset classes—we are thrilled she has joined us,” said firm Chair Frank Lopez. “Her arrival, along with other recent top-tier additions to our strong investment funds team, reflects the continued strategic growth of our investment funds and private capital practice.”

Ranked by Chambers and IFLR, Rips offers clients invaluable breadth and depth of experience and knowledge in credit funds. She represents fund sponsors, asset managers, and investment advisers in connection with the structuring and distribution of U.S. and international private offerings of investment funds, including open and closed-end funds, hybrid funds in various asset classes, negotiated seed and strategic investments, joint ventures, and other transactions. Rips started her legal career at Skadden and practiced there for more than 17 years.

“Paul Hastings has built a robust investment funds and private capital practice to support the evolving needs of top-of-market asset managers—it is impossible not to notice the caliber of talent at the firm,” said Rips. “I’m excited to join the team and continue building upon its existing strong platform for clients across the globe.”     

Rips is the eighth partner to join the global funds practice in the last nine months, following the addition of preeminent investment funds lawyer John Budetti and six other partners formerly with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s premier platforms, advising more than 300 of the world’s most sophisticated asset managers. The firm offers comprehensive solutions across a broad range of asset classes and practices, including fund formation, investment management, private equity, M&A, infrastructure, leveraged finance, direct lending, private credit, capital markets, structured credit, real estate, financial restructuring, and litigation.

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