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Marco V. Masotti is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, deputy chair of the Corporate Department and co-head of the Private Funds Group. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading lawyers in the alternative asset management industry. Marco has a unique profile in the marketplace as an adviser to a wide variety of investment funds, including buyout funds, credit funds, hedge funds, hybrid funds, seed capital funds, infrastructure funds, real assets funds and funds of funds. He also advises on the full spectrum of investment management M&A transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, majority and minority stake investments and spin-outs.


Marco represents some of the largest and most well-known alternative asset managers, including: Apollo; Avenue; Blackstone/GSO; Clearlake; General Atlantic; Harvest; Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts; KPSOak Hill; Oaktree; Reservoir; Roark; ValueAct; Värde; and Wellspring. He has also assisted with a number of investment management transactions, including: Avenue Capital/Morgan Stanley; Oak Hill Advisors/iStar; Ore Hill/Man Group; Quellos/BlackRock; and R3/Lehman/BlackRock. In addition, Marco acts as an adviser to many founders and partners of alternative asset managers, including his recent representation of former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner in connection with his joining a major private equity firm.

Marco is among a handful of lawyers ranked by Chambers USA as a top practitioner in both the publication's private equity and hedge fund categories. According to Chambers, clients and other lawyers praise his "creativity, practicality, business acumen, communication skills and personable manner." Who's Who Legal ranks Marco as one of a select few 'Most Highly Regarded Individuals' for private funds. Marco has been featured by The Deal as one of the 'Movers & Shakers' in the industry who has played a vital role in transformative transactions. He has been named by Crain's New York Business to its annual "40 Under 40" list, and profiled by the New York Observer as one of New York's top corporate lawyers. He is listed among the "Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America" by Lawdragon.

Marco is routinely called by leading financial journalists to provide commentary on developments in the private funds marketplace. He has been quoted extensively in the print media (including the Financial Times, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal) and has been a guest commentator on cable television networks, including Bloomberg Television. His conference presentations include the American Lawyer Media "General Counsel Hedge Fund Summit," Argyle Executive Forum's "Leadership in the Private Capital Markets" conference, the "Dow Jones/Private Equity Analyst" conference, International Bar Association's "Annual Conference on Private Investment Funds," Practising Law Institute's "Hedge Funds 2009" conference and "10th Annual Private Equity Forum" and Wharton's "Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference."

Marco is the former Chair of the Committee on Private Investment Funds of the New York City Bar. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Private Investment Funds Forum and the Senior Vice Chair of the Private Investment Funds Subcommittee of the International Bar Association.

Marco was awarded a Fulbright Placement Award upon graduating from the University of Natal Faculty of Law.




  • LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992
  • LL.B., University of Natal Faculty of Law, 1991
    cum laude
  • B.A., University of Natal, 1988


  • Hon. Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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Aug 12, 2015 | Publications

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Mar 10, 2015 | Events

Grofman, Hong, Hussein and Masotti to Participate in International Bar Association Conference on Private Investment Funds

Jan 12, 2015 | News

Roark Capital Closes Fund IV at $2.5 Billion

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CFTC Harmonizes CPO Regulations with JOBS Act General Solicitation Rules

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