Raj Marphatia

Partner

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  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1988
  • AB, Harvard College, 1981

Qualifications

  • California, 2012
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Honorable Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Boston Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Silicon Valley Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2016)
  • Legal 500 (2013-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2014, 2016-2018)
  • Who's Who Legal (2016)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2017)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2017)
  • President, Harvard Law Review
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Elijah Watts Sells Certificate for Performance with High Distinction (November 1982 CPA Examination)
  • Bronze Medal, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (November 1982 CPA Examination)

Raj Marphatia

Partner

Raj is the co-managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. He has over 25 years of experience in the full spectrum of private investment funds, including buyout funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, and CBOs. He assists sponsors in forming, operating, and investing such funds, and also represents institutional investors (including endowments, pension funds, fund of funds, private foundations, and family offices) in investing in private investment funds, both in primary and secondary transactions. Clients also rely on Raj for his deep knowledge of M&A and “spinoff” transactions in the financial services industry. Raj was recently recognized by Chambers Global as a World’s Leading Lawyer for Business and Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

He is a member of the firm’s diversity committee and is very active in the firm’s pro bono program. 

Experience

  • Sponsor clients: ArcLight Capital Partners, Ascent Capital, Bain Capital, Covalent Partners, Forest Capital Partners, Moelis Capital Partners, Monitor Clipper Partners, Pacific Equity Partners, Pathway Capital Management.
  • Investor clients: Adams Street Partners, California Endowment, Columbia University, J. Paul Getty Trust, Kamehameha Schools, Makena Capital, National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Partners Group, Pepperdine University, Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford University.

Raj has also been involved on both sides of “spinoffs” of investment professionals from large financial institutions. He represented Harvard Management Company in connection with employee departures resulting in the formation of Charlesbank Capital, Highfields Capital, Regiment Capital, Adage Capital, Sowood Capital, and Convexity Capital. In addition, he represented the founders of ArcLight Capital Partners in their spinoff from John Hancock, and the founders of Lighthouse Investment Partners in their spinoff from SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, NYPPEX Roundtable Webinar, NYPPEX Private Markets (October 2017)
  • Speaker, “Intricacies of Fund Restructurings,” Secondaries Investor’s 2017 Secondaries Retreat (June 21, 2017) 
  • Speaker, “Fund restructurings,” Secondaries Investor’s 2016 Secondaries Retreat,”  (June, 2016)
  • Panelist, "The JOBS Act: How It Will Change Fundraising For PE Firms," Dow Jones Webcast (November 2012)