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. Margaret 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.
Margaret is nationally ranked since 2019 in the 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.
- Trustee, Church Pension Fund (multibillion-dollar fund for employees of the Episcopal Church), 2009-2022
- Chair, Finance Committee, 2015-2022
- Member, Investment Committee
- Board Member, Endowment for Equal Justice (fund supporting civil legal aid in the State of Washington), 2017-present
- Treasurer and Chair, Operations and Investment Committee, 2022-present
- Law Clerk, Hon. Eugene A. Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1983-84
- Chambers USA, Investment Funds: Investor Representation nationally (2019-2023)
- Best Lawyers in America®, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law (2010-2022)
- Seattle Business Magazine, Best Lawyers in the Business, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law (2016)
- "Private-Equity Investors Face Rising Costs and Fees --- Industry's approach to pricing is attracting greater scrutiny from buyers and regulators," The Wall Street Journal, 21 December 2021
- "Investors warn of diluted protection clauses amid growth of PE funds," FinancialNews.com and TodayUKNews.com, 15 December 2021
- "Briefing: PE fees under scrutiny," IPE.com (Investments & Pensions Europe), December 2021