Leading buyout fund sponsors, fund investors and asset managers worldwide look to Bryan Hunkele for counsel on their most complex matters. A partner in Ropes & Gray’s asset management group, Bryan guides clients on the structuring, formation, offering and ongoing operation of closed-end funds and other investment vehicles. His experience spans an impressive range of sectors and geographies, encompassing credit, energy, growth, impact, infrastructure, life sciences, real estate and venture capital funds in North America, Europe and Asia.
A Law360 2020 Rising Star of Fund Formation, Bryan has guided some of the largest fund formations in today’s dynamic market. Recently, for example, he advised a leading asset manager in raising $20 billion across three funds—each with a differing continental focus—in under two years. Clients appreciate Bryan’s incredible responsiveness, as well as his ability to effectively—and efficiently—steer complex fundraises under tight deadlines.
Complementing his fund formation counsel, Bryan also represents large, institutional sponsors and other alternative investment managers in the structuring and syndication of co-investment opportunities, separately managed accounts, continuation and secondary transactions, and other bespoke arrangements. In addition, he counsels registered investment advisers on their ongoing compliance obligations.
Through his wide-ranging work with sponsors and investors, Bryan has developed a valuable appreciation of the considerations important to all parties involved in private investments funds, as well as an unparalleled understanding of market terms and opportunities.
- Quoted, “Axios Pro Rata,” Axios (September 7, 2022)
- Quoted, “Top First-Half Funds Show PE's Growing Global Reach,” Law360 (July 2, 2021)
- JD, Columbia Law School, 2006; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- BA, University of Michigan, 2003
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2007
- Law360 Rising Star (fund formation) (2020)