Matthew Posthuma


  • 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


  • 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


Matt Posthuma is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s private investment funds group in Chicago who focuses on the formation of private investment funds and other transactions involving real estate companies, asset managers and financial institutions worldwide.

Matt handles open- and closed-end funds with a wide range of investment strategies, such as real estate (including core, value-add and opportunistic), private equity, infrastructure, debt, hedge, global and foreign country funds. He also has expertise in joint ventures, separate accounts, club deals, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other corporate and securities transactions.

Matt dedicates a significant portion of his practice to funds and other investments in Brazil, Mexico and other parts of Latin America.


  • Quoted, “Fund managers grapple with imperfect OZ guidelines,” Real Estate Fund Intelligence (April 29, 2019)
  • Quoted, “In response to question about moves to strengthen ties with Brazil,” The Ten-Point: A Guide to the Day’s Top News, The Wall Street Journal (March 21, 2019)
  • Quoted, “Lawyers, accountants race to bone up on OZ regulations,” Real Estate Finance & Investment (January 23, 2019)
  • Co-author, “Regulatory Issues and Best Practices for Real Estate Fund Managers,” PREA Quarterly (September 24, 2018)
  • Author, “Opt-out funds – Blending discretion, diversification for institutional investors,” Real Estate Finance & Investment (July 30, 2018)  
  • Quoted, “Dallas Lawsuit Against Townsend ‘Is A One-Off’,” PERE (September 13, 2017)
  • Quoted, “High-net-worth investors ramp up real estate allocations,” Real Estate Finance & Investment (August 14, 2017)
  • Quoted, “Political risk and private equity: Autocratic for the people,” Private Equity International (February 1, 2017)
  • Quoted, “Curbs to Enthusiasm,” PERE (May 1, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Joint Venture – A União Faz a Força,” Gestão & Negócios (March 15, 2016)
  • Co-author, “Club Deals - The Convergence of Commingled Funds and JVs,” Preqin Global Real Estate Report (2016)
  • Quoted, “Diamonds in the Rough,” PERE 2014 Guide to Private Real Estate Investing in Latin America (September 2014)
  • Author, “Delivering Liquidity in Real Estate,” Private Funds Management (July 2, 2014)
  • Online Video Interview, “Attracting and Structuring for Foreign Investors,” (January 22, 2014)
  • Quoted, “Fund Sponsors, Issuers Must be Alert to Potential Pitfalls in New Reg D Regime,” Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report (August 26, 2013)
  • Quoted, “Mid-Market Debt Shortage Yields Opportunity,” Private Equity International (January 18, 2013)
  • Quoted, “Latin America Becomes Hotbed for Investors,” Crain Communications (August 23, 2010)
  • Quoted, “Lots of Opportunity, Few Takers,” Pensions & Investments (August 16, 2010)
  • Quoted, “Brazil Poised for Real Estate Revival After Consolidation,” Wall Street Journal Online (July 8, 2009)
  • Co-author, “Private Equity/Funds,” Credit Markets and Subprime Distress – Responding to Legal Issues, Practising Law Institute (2008)


  • 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)
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