June 30, 2010 // Franchising.com // Nixon Peabody has one of the leading private equity fund practices in the country. Dow Jones' Private Equity Analyst—the leading publication tracking the buy-side of the private market—recently placed Nixon Peabody second among the most active law firms in the U.S. for private equity fund transactions, based on general partner and limited partner representation.
A resident of the Boston office, Ms. Harris joins Nixon Peabody from Ropes & Gray. Ms. Harris has broad corporate experience and focuses her practice in representing private investment funds in connection with their fundraising and ongoing activities, as well as advising institutional investors in connection with their alternative investments. She also has substantial experience in structuring and organizing offshore funds and solving complex problems relating to structuring internal management of private equity sponsors.
Ms. Harris' private investment fundraising experience includes organization of a full range of private investment funds, including leveraged buyout, venture capital, real estate, debt, and special focus funds. Ms. Harris' institutional investor experience includes representation of numerous private equity funds of funds and other institutional domestic and international investors in connection with their alternative investments.
"As industry leaders in the private equity market, leading players in this space increasingly seek our counsel, especially as the state of the economy and private equity markets continue to evolve," said John Koeppel, leader of the firm's Investment Funds practice. "Kari will be a tremendous addition to our Investment Funds team, especially now as we are continuing to grow our sponsor-side fund formation practice."
"A number of our clients are an active part of the New England fund formation market which also represents a significant portion of the national venture capital and leveraged buyout fund community. Adding someone with Kari's experience supplements our regional presence and helps bolster our existing strong team," added Charles Jacobs, a partner in the firm's Investment Funds practice.
She is a member of the American and Massachusetts bar associations. Ms. Harris earned her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School and was an editor with the Boston College Law Review. She is a graduate of Boston University, B.A., magna cum laude.
Nixon Peabody LLP is recognized as a "Global 100" law firm—one of the largest in the world. With 800 attorneys collaborating across major practice areas in 17 cities, including Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rochester, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, the firm's size, diversity, and advanced technological resources enable it to offer comprehensive legal services to individuals and organizations of all sizes in local, state, national, and international matters. Nixon Peabody LLP was recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For®" three years in a row. The firm has also been named to the Human Rights Campaign's 2010 "Best Places To Work For LGBT Equality" list.