BOSTON, MA. Nixon Peabody is excited to announce the arrival of partner Kari Harris who is returning to lead the firm’s Fund Formation practice. Kari was previously a partner at Nixon Peabody, who most recently served as U.S. General Counsel at Waypoint Capital, a family office headquartered in Geneva, with offices in Cambridge, MA; New Jersey; London; and Luxembourg, and as General Counsel of Gurnet Point Capital, an affiliated private equity fund headquartered in Cambridge. In her roles at Waypoint and Gurnet Point, Kari focused primarily on life sciences and asset management, including hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and funds of funds investments.
“While at NP, Kari quickly became our go-to person for fund work given her infectious personality and excellent substantive legal skills,” said Philip Taub, Leader of Nixon Peabody’s Private Equity practice. “Kari brings important experience and perspective as a GC and we look forward to introducing, and in some cases, reintroducing her to our private equity clients.”
“Kari’s return is a terrific addition to the Boston office and our private equity practice,” added Gary Oberstein, Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody’s Boston office. “Our clients will benefit from Kari’s skillful talent and leadership as she delivers business-oriented solutions.”
As leader of Nixon Peabody’s nationally and internationally recognized fund formation practice, Kari will work with investment advisers in connection with regulatory compliance, corporate governance and sponsorship of private investment funds, and institutional investors in connection with alternative investments. Kari’s private investment fundraising experience includes organization of a full range of private investment funds, including leveraged buyout, venture capital, real estate, senior debt, mezzanine debt, and special focus funds. Kari specializes in representing private equity funds of funds, including fundraising for funds of funds investing across the full spectrum of private investment funds, and investing in the full spectrum of fund of funds investments (primary, secondary, and direct coinvestments).
“As the regulatory landscape for investment funds continues to evolve, there are both challenges and opportunities for growth in the private funds industry,” said Kari. “I’m excited to return to Nixon Peabody and to lead this practice as we work with clients to raise capital and execute deals in the middle market.”
Kari also brings institutional investor experience to Nixon Peabody including representation of a broad variety of institutional domestic and international investors in connection with their alternative investments, including primary investments in hundreds of private equity, mezzanine funds, venture capital, real estate and special focus funds, traditional and synthetic secondary investments, and direct co-investments.