John P. Beals - Private Equity & Investment Funds - Nixon Peabody LLP

John P. Beals

John Beals is a partner in Nixon Peabody's Private Equity and Investment Funds practice. He represents public pension funds, funds of funds, and other institutional investors in connection with their investments in leveraged buyout, venture capital, real estate, and debt private equity funds. He also advises fund sponsors in structuring and forming such funds.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on two main areas, leveraging 20 years of experience to help clients structure, negotiate, and close their private equity transactions.

Private Equity Investments

I have represented leading institutional investors in more than 500 investments in leveraged buyout, venture capital, real estate, and debt private equity funds, both domestically and internationally. I have also assisted these clients in negotiating and structuring separate account relationships with private equity fund sponsors. Some of the clients that I have advised in this area include New York State Teachers' Retirement System, New York City Retirement System, State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, and GCM Grosvenor’s Customized Funds Investment Group.

Private Equity Fund Structuring and Formation

I have broad experience in counseling private equity fund sponsors in connection with their fundraising, and have structured and organized numerous U.S.–based private equity funds and funds of funds. My representation of fund sponsors includes advising them on a variety of matters, including internal management and compensation issues, as well as their fiduciary duties to their limited partner investors.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on notable partner-level promotions during Q2 includes the appointment of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier to Chief Talent Officer. In addition, NP’s recent appointments to department heads and practice group leaders were included: San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron as Litigation Department chair, Boston Private Equity & Investment Funds partner John Beals as Investment Funds practice group leader, Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as Business & Finance Department chair, Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik as Tax team co-leader, Washington DC Community Development Finance partner Matt Mullen as Community Development Finance practice group leader, and Albany Private Equity partner Todd Tidgewell as Corporate practice group leader.


John P. Beals

Leader, Investment Funds


Phone: 617-345-1060


Phone: 603-628-4056

Fax: 866-947-0868

Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

University of New Hampshire, B.S., summa cum laude


New Hampshire

John was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the fields of Corporate Law and Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law in Boston and Manchester, NH.

John has been recognized as a “Leader in the Field” by Chambers Global 2022 for Investment Funds: Investor Representation. He has also been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 for Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation: Investor Representation (nationwide), and Private Equity: Fund Formation (Massachusetts). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

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