DLA Piper Bolsters Investment Funds Group with Evan Zhao’s Appointment
DLA Piper has announced the appointment of Evan Zhao as a partner, following in the footsteps of his longstanding colleagues Andrew Kreisberg, Mara Topping, and Katherine McCullough, who have recently joined the firm’s Investment Funds practice.
Zhao’s practice is centred on domestic and international investment funds and asset management. He provides counsel to sponsors on the complete spectrum of their fund establishment and serves as legal representation for institutional investors, such as sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, pension plans, and family offices, in their alternative investments. His expertise includes various fund structures, covering closed-end and open-end arrangements, co-investment vehicles, continuation funds, hedge funds, and permanent capital vehicles, spanning a wide range of investment strategies.
“Evan – alongside Andrew, Kate, and Mara – will further enhance our Chambers-ranked practice and our legal-industry leading services. Additionally, his strategic thinking and extensive experience advising investment managers in establishing private equity funds across a variety of sectors will provide additional value to our clients,” said Jesse Criz, co-head of the firm’s Investment Management and Funds Practice.
“Evan is well known in the industry for his extensive private markets experience. His contributions will further enhance our representation of active sovereign wealth funds and sponsors in forming private equity funds,” said David Parrish, global co-head of the firm’s Investment Management and Funds Practice.
Zhao will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office, alongside Topping and McCullough.