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Margaret A. Niles

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Margaret Niles has a domestic and international business transactions practice centering on alternative investments and joint ventures for investors. She focuses on representing public pension funds, university endowments, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors in private equity funds, hedge funds, and other commingled funds of all kinds. Ms. Niles also works with bespoke investment vehicles for her clients, such as funds-of-one and separately managed accounts. With her clients, she focuses on all aspects of fiduciary duties in the investment context. Her experience includes significant work on public disclosure requirements and other regulatory matters applicable to institutional investors.

Ms. Niles is nationally ranked in the 2019 Chambers USA publication for her work in the “Nationwide Investment Funds: Investor Representation” category, and she is recognized in the Best Lawyers in America publication for her work in private funds.

Professional Background

  • Trustee (Chair, Finance Committee; Member, Investment Committee) for the Church Pension Fund, a multi-billion dollar fund for employees of the Episcopal Church, 2009-present
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Eugene A. Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1983-84


  • Best Lawyers in America, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law (2010-2017)
  • Seattle Business Magazine, Best Lawyers in the Business, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law (2016)

Additional Information

  • "The New Do-It-Yourselfers," The Deal, October 2006
Strategic Investments and Unique Transactions
  • Represented a non-U.S. development bank on the seeding of a new fund manager and its initial fund
  • Represented a public pension fund in a billion dollar program to facilitate asset rebalancing
  • Represented a public pension fund in a joint venture real estate development project valued at over half a billion dollars
  • Represented a sovereign wealth fund in a U.S. hotel co-investment
  • Represented a public pension fund in the secondary sale of substantial interests in several private equity funds
  • Represented Cascade Investment LLC in its investment in Invention Science Fund, L.L.C.
  • Represented Microsoft in its structured investment in Invention Investment Fund, L.P.
  • Represented CalPERS in its acquisition and disposition of an interest in Bentall Kennedy real estate group
Investment Partnerships
  • In addition, Margaret represented investors in over 500 funds, including the following since 2016:
    • ACM Fund II LLC
    • Affinity Asia Pacific Fund V, LP
    • Apollo Investment Fund IX
    • Atlas Fund III
    • BC European Capital X, L.P.
    • Berkshire IX Co-investment Fund, L.P.
    • Brightwood Capital Fund IV, L.P.
    • Castlelake Fund V
    • Crow Holdings Retail Fund II, LP
    • Deerfield Private Design Fund IV, L.P.
    • Empyrean Capital Long-Term Fund, LP
    • EMR Capital Resources Fund II
    • Highbridge Principal Strategies Specialty Lending Fund 2016
    • HPS Investment Partners LLC
    • Hosen Investment Fund III L.P.
    • Kayne Private Energy Income Fund, L.P.
    • Kedaara Capital II Limited
    • Providence Debt Fund IV
    • Riverside Capital Appreciation Fund VII, LP
    • Starwood Fund XI
    • Starwood Opportunities Fund XI
    • Stone Point’s Trident VII, L.P.
    • Stonepeak Infrastructure Fund III
    • SVB Capital Partners IV
    • Thoma Bravo Fund XII, L.P.
    • TPG Asia Fund VII
    • TPG Growth IV
    • The Värde XII