Matthew Posthuma

Partner

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  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1994; executive editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • AB, with highest distinction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991; Phi Beta Kappa

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 1994
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Village of Hinsdale Board of Trustees (2017-present)
  • AYSO Soccer Coach (2010-2016)
  • Village of Hinsdale Finance Commission (2009-2016)
  • Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Corporate Secretary and Board of Directors (2003-2008)
  • Legal 500 - Real Estate
  • Legal 500 - Private Equity Funds
  • Legal 500 Latin America - Corporate and M&A
  • Latinvex - Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers
  • Illinois Super Lawyer

Matthew Posthuma

Partner

Matt Posthuma is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s asset management practice in Chicago and serves as leader of the firm’s real estate funds team. Matt focuses on the formation of private investment funds. Matt forms strategic relationships with real estate companies, asset managers and financial institutions to create thoughtful solutions for their fundraising and investment needs.

Matt helps sponsors with open- and closed-end funds in a wide range of investment strategies, such as real estate (including core, value-add and opportunistic), private equity, infrastructure, credit, hedge and other alternative asset classes. He also works with clients on joint ventures, separate accounts, club deals and other investment transactions.

Matt collaborates with asset managers who invest around the world, with a particular emphasis on funds and other investments in Brazil, Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Private Fund Side Letters: Negotiating and Drafting Key Terms, Financing and Other Concerns,” Strafford Webinar (October 30, 2019) 
  • Speaker, “Private Equity Real Estate Fund Formation: Capital Raising, Regulatory Issues and Negotiating Trends,” Strafford Webinar (May 22, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Elements of an Institutional Private Equity Program,” International Chamber of Commerce Mexico, Legal Committee, Banking Section (February 14, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Fundraising 2018,” 15th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing (January 18, 2018) 
  • Speaker, “Fund Formation Legal Update,” Fund Finance Association Summer Update (September 13, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Foreign Fund Structures,” US Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum (June 15, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Structuring and Formation of Funds and Other Real Estate Investment Vehicles,” Latin Markets Institutional Real Estate Latin America Forum (June 3, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Fund Structuring in an Opportunistic World,” PERE Summit (October 24, 2013)
  • Speaker, “New Players in Town: Individual Investors in Institutional Real Estate,” Alternative Real Estate Investments Affinity Group, Pension Real Estate Association (October 23, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Joint Ventures and Commingled Fund Raising,” Private Equity Capital for Commercial Real Estate: Understanding and Navigating the Options, ULI Workshop (September 24, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Raising Capital in the Current Market: Fundraising Tricks of the Trade,” Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing (January 19, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Successful Cross-Border Joint Ventures,” Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention (September 10, 2010)
  • Speaker, “Fund Liquidity & Secondaries,” US Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum (June 3, 2010)
  • Speaker, “Brazil Legal & Regulatory Environment Overview,” Latin Markets Brazil LP/GP Roundtable (April 30, 2010)
  • Speaker, “Financing Strategies,” Real Estate Investment World Latin America (September 9, 2009)
  • Speaker, “Launching a Latin American Fund: What You Need to Know & Do in Today’s Economy,” Latin American Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum (May 1, 2009)
  • Speaker, “How are Local and Foreign Property Funds Performing?” Real Estate Investment World Brazil (February 6, 2009)
  • Speaker, “Key Issues for First-Time Latin American Fund Startups: Cross Border Fund Formation Issues and Deal Structures,” Latin American Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum (March 18, 2008)
  • Speaker, “US Real Estate Practitioners Response to the Global Shift for Greater Returns,” Alternative Investment Roundup (January 27, 2008)
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1994; executive editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • AB, with highest distinction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991; Phi Beta Kappa
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