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Michael W. Brasher


Michael W. Brasher

Investment Management
New York

Advises sponsors on the formation and operations of private funds and related regulatory matters. Represents sponsors and investors in complex secondary transactions.

Michael’s practice focuses on the representation of private fund sponsors in the establishment, marketing and operations of private investment funds, including private equity funds, hedge funds, credit funds, secondary funds, real estate funds, co-investment funds and funds of funds. He also regularly advises sponsors and investors on complex secondary transaction matters, including GP-led secondary transactions.

Michael also represents management teams in investment adviser spin-outs and advises institutional investors that invest in private funds. He represents emerging, first-time fund sponsors and advises investment professionals on their employment arrangements with fund sponsors. Michael also advises on sales, acquisitions and restructurings of asset management firms. He also provides regulatory and compliance advice to his private fund clients.

Michael is the Secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s Private Investment Funds Committee.

Experience highlights

  • Antares Capital on the formation of:
    • Antares Senior Loan Fund II, a $6 billion private credit fund
    • fund-of-one managed accounts with an Asian sovereign wealth investor
  • Morgan Stanley AIP in raising:
    • a $2.5 billion secondaries fund focused on single asset GP-led transactions
    • multiple co-investment vehicles
  • Amberjack Capital Partners on a multi-asset GP-led secondary
  • Virgo Investment Group on a multi-asset GP-led secondary
  • Leading real estate secondary sponsor in connection with a $1.5 billion real estate secondary fundraise
  • Coller Capital on multiple GP-led secondaries
  • Morgan Stanley AIP on multiple GP-led secondary transactions
  • Trilantic Capital Management on the formation of:
    • Trilantic Capital Partners VI, a $2.75 billion private equity fund
    • Trilantic Energy Partners II, a $437 million energy fund
  • Trilantic Capital Management on the formation of co-investment vehicles in connection with the following transactions:
    • acquisitions of Addison Group, HealthCare Support Staffing, TRP Energy and trustaff Management
    • investments in Sunbelt Transformer, Taymax Group and TRP Energy
    • a dedicated co-investment vehicle that invests alongside Trilantic Capital Partners VI for a U.S. public pension fund
  • Lightyear Capital on the formation of and the sale of interests in Lightyear Fund V, L.P., a $1.52 billion fund
  • Lightyear Capital in various co-investment vehicles for an Asian sovereign wealth fund
  • Amberjack Capital Partners on the formation of a co-invest fund
  • RoundTable Healthcare Partners on the formation of its Equity Fund VI which raised an aggregate of $800 million in capital commitments
  • RoundTable Healthcare Partners on the formation of its Equity Fund V which raised an aggregate of $700 million in capital commitments
  • Parallaxes Capital Management on the formation of multiple private funds and co-investment funds
  • Avenue Capital on the formation of multiple credit funds
  • SPF Investment Management in connection with a private fund complex
  • Reverence Capital Partners on the $1.25 billion fund raise of its second buyout fund, Reverence Capital Partners Opportunities Fund II
  • Avenue Capital Group on a GP-led secondary recap of a fund complex
  • Godspeed Capital on its strategic partnerships with East Rock Capital
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J.D., Columbia Law School
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Public Affairs Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
A.B., Government, Dartmouth College

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2016
  • Hillary for America, 2015-2016

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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