A partner in Ropes & Gray’s asset management group, Katie Waite leads investment advisers, credit funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, family offices and institutional investors through a  broad range of fund formation, transactional and regulatory matters. Katie represents clients in connection with GP recapitalizations, structured secondary transactions, preferred equity transactions and seed investments.

Katie’s broad practice encompasses both sponsor and investor representation across fund launches, transactional and regulatory matters, giving her unique insight into all aspects of an asset manager’s business. She works to find practical, commercial solutions for clients, leveraging the firm’s global platform to provide real-time advice regarding market developments in a dynamic industry.


  • Advises private fund managers across asset classes in connection with the structuring and formation of private fund vehicles.
  • Advises private credit fund managers on evergreen, open and closed end private credit products.
  • Represents established seed fund platforms in negotiating revenue sharing arrangements with third party hedge fund and private equity fund managers.
  • Advises start-up and established hedge fund sponsors on the structuring, launch and operation of domestic and offshore private funds.
  • Represents buyers and sellers in fund portfolio sale transactions and fund sponsors in GP recapitalizations and structured secondary transactions.

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