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Michael S. Hong is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Private Funds Group. He is a trusted corporate advisor to certain of the firm’s major institutional private fund managers, including Apollo Global Management, Blackstone/GSO and Guggenheim Partners, in their most complex, high-value transactions. Michael’s advice encompasses fund formation, M&A related transactions, and ongoing investment-related advice on behalf of buyout, hedge, credit, distressed debt, real estate, co-investment and fund of funds managers as well as related transactions.

Private Funds Management magazine recently named Michael to its "30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40," an exclusive list of private funds lawyers recognized by industry participants as "the best of the best in the field," stating, "[w]hen a big fund is being marketed, don't be shocked to find Michael Hong as part of the process." Michael has also been recognized by Chambers USAThe Legal 500 and Who's Who Legalfor investment funds. For the past three years, he was also named to the Super Lawyers list of "New York Metro Rising Stars," a selective list of future leaders of the legal industry who "have distinguished themselves in their legal practice." Michael was also highlighted in a recent edition of Lawdragon’s "Insights: Private Funds."


Michael's private investment fund formation clients have included:

  • Apollo Global Management;
  • GSO Capital/Blackstone;
  • Guggenheim Partners;
  • Harvest Partners;
  • Oak Hill Advisors;
  • Reservoir Capital; and
  • Trilantic Capital Partners.

Michael also has extensive experience with transactions involving sales, purchases and joint ventures of a variety of alternative investment asset managers. His past representations include the spin-out of approximately 75 former Lehman Brothers professionals in the formation of their new hedge fund, R3 Capital Partners, and its subsequent acquisition by BlackRock; and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in its acquisition of an interest in Apollo Global Management.

Michael is frequently asked to speak about developments in the private funds industry. Most recently, he was:

  • a plenary session speaker at the 2015 Maples Investment Funds Forum;
  • a panelist on "Current Terms: Private Equity" at the IBA/ABA 15th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds in London; and
  • a panelist for "Recent Developments with LLCs and Limited Partnerships" at the Practising Law Institute's "Delaware Law Developments 2013: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know" seminar.

Michael's pro bono activities include work for the New York City Investment Fund - the private equity and venture capital arm of The Partnership for New York City that mobilizes corporate and financial community resources for urban economic development. He has also worked pro bono for the Clinton Global Foundation.

Michael obtained his joint J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law and Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. He was awarded the Gerald W. Schwartz Gold Medal upon his graduation from the Faculty of Law and was a Dean's List student during his time at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. Michael also served as a senior editor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review.



  • J.D., University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2004
  • M.B.A., University of Toronto, 2004
    Recipient of the Gerald W. Schwartz Gold Medal
  • B.Comm, University of Toronto, 2000
    with high distinction 

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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Related Resources

Mar 06, 2016 | Events

Marco Masotti, Udi Grofman, Michael Hong and Amran Hussein to Participate in ABA/IBA International Conference on Private Investment Funds 

Jan 11, 2016 | Publications

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

Dec 21, 2015 | Publications

Annual Privacy Policy Notice Requirement Eliminated for Many Investment Advisers and Private Funds under the FAST Act

Nov 23, 2015 | Publications

Private Funds Regulatory Compliance Calendar 2016 

Sep 24, 2015 | Publications

FinCEN Proposes AML Regulations for Investment Advisers

Sep 17, 2015 | Publications

OCIE Issues Additional Information on Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

Aug 27, 2015 | Publications

FinCEN Proposes AML Regulations for Investment Advisers

Aug 12, 2015 | Publications

SEC Issues Guidance on “General Solicitation or General Advertising”

Jul 24, 2015 | Publications

Management Fee Waiver Update: Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations Addressing Disguised Payments from Partnerships for Services

Jul 01, 2015 | News

Apollo Affiliated Funds Acquire Protection 1 and ASG Security

May 27, 2015 | Publications

SEC Proposes Amendments to Form ADV and the Recordkeeping Rule under the Advisers Act

Mar 10, 2015 | Events

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

Jan 13, 2015 | Publications

SEC Announces 2015 Examination Priorities

Dec 02, 2014 | Publications

Paul, Weiss Private Funds Regulatory Compliance Calendar for 2015

Sep 11, 2014 | Publications

CFTC Harmonizes CPO Regulations with JOBS Act General Solicitation Rules

Aug 21, 2014 | Publications

SEC Issues Guidance to Private Funds Regarding the Application of the Custody Rule to Special Purpose Vehicles and Escrow Accounts

Sep 09, 2014 | Events

Michael Hong Moderates NYC Bar Program

Feb 17, 2014 | Publications

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Of Note

Oct 05, 2015

Michael Hong Named to Private Funds Management’s “30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40”

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