Michael S. Hong
Advises private fund managers in complex, high-value fund formation matters. Extensive experience on first-time fundraises, co-investments and secondary transactions.
Michael advises fund-related clients on all manner of fund formation and investor relations, M&A (with deep experience in co-investments) and regulatory matters. His clients include private equity, growth capital, credit, hedge, energy, real estate, co-investment and fund of funds managers.
Michael also advises on secondary transactions, GP-stake sales and purchases, spin-outs and JVs, in addition to representing senior executives of fund managers in employment and separation matters.
His clients include Harvest Partners, Trilantic Capital, Lightyear Capital, TruArc Partners (successor to Snow Phipps), Tailwind Capital, Antares Capital, Golub Capital, GHK Capital, Godspeed Capital, Cornell Capital, and Cowen. Michael represents Glendower Capital in secondary transactions.
Michael is widely recognized as a leading fund formation lawyer, is a frequent conference speaker and is regularly quoted in the financial press. He chairs the New York City Bar’s Committee on Private Investment Funds.
- Harvest Partners on the formation of:
- Harvest Partners VIII, a $4.03 billion private equity fund
- Harvest Partners Structured Capital Fund II, a $900 million growth equity fund
- Harvest Partners Structured Capital Fund III, a $1.28 billion private equity fund
- Numerous co-investment vehicles alongside their private equity and structure capital funds, including those that focus on credit investments
- 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
- Antares Capital in connection with the formation of fund-of-one managed accounts
- TruArc Partners (successor to Snow Phipps) on the formation of a co-investment vehicle for its acquisition of Lamark Media Group
- Cowen Investment Management on the formation of and the sale of interests in Cowen Sustainable Investments I, a $919 million ESG fund
- Cowen Investment Management on the formation of co-investment vehicles in connection with the investments in ecoATM, ProTerra and quip
- GHK Capital Partners on its acquisition of Hasa and the formation of co-investment vehicle in connection with its acquisition of ITS Logistics
- Godspeed Capital on their strategic partnership with East Rock Capital
- Tailwind Capital on the formation of co-investment vehicles in connection with the following transactions:
- investments in Smith-Cooper International and Ventiv Technology
- acquisition of Trench Plate Rental Co.
- Cornell Capital on the formation of co-investment vehicles in connection with the following transactions:
- Spectrum Automotive Holdings’ add-on acquisition of CalTex Protective Coatings
- minority investment in CitizensRx Holdings
Chambers USA – Investment Funds: Private Equity – Fund Formation
Legal 500 U.S. – Private Equity Funds (Including Venture Capital), Next Generation Partner
IFLR1000 – Private Equity and Private Equity Funds, Highly Regarded
Who’s Who Legal – Private Funds: Formation
Private Funds Management – “30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40,” 2015
- Gerald W. Schwartz Gold Medal
- with high distinction
- Partner, Davis Polk, 2018-present
- Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 2013-2018
- Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 2004-2013
Qualifications and admissions
- State of New York