Faegre Drinker announced today that Dee Anne Sjögren and Mark Weakley and have joined the firm as partners and Jeremy Kollitz, CFA, as an associate in the investment management practice. They come to the firm from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Sjögren and Weakley are the second and third partners to join the firm’s investment management group in 2022, following Tiffany Reeves, who joined in Minneapolis in May.
“As well-known and sophisticated advisers to private fund sponsors and managers, we look forward to Dee Anne, Mark and Jeremy’s technical knowledge and substantive experience serving a broad range of fund clients,” said Faegre Drinker Co-Chairs Tom Froehle and Andrew Kassner. “They are tremendous additions to the firm’s growing investment management group.”
Sjögren and Weakley have decades of experience providing counsel to venture capital, private equity, private credit, private real estate and hedge funds in and outside of the United States. They provide pre-formation structuring and organizational planning and drafting of documents, such as offering materials, limited partnership or limited liability company agreements, subscription documents and general partner and investment manager documents.
Sjögren, located in the Midwest, will provide advice to advisers and independent trustees of registered and private funds on fund management, as well as regulatory and compliance issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and SEC Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933.
Weakley, based in the firm’s Boulder, Colorado, office, works with funds in all major asset categories. He will offer bespoke counseling on fund operational matters that may involve investment advisor regulatory compliance, negotiations with key investors, investment manager compensation, fund governance and side letter negotiations.
Kollitz leverages his prior experience with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a global investment business to advise clients on regulations impacting private fund managers. He often assists larger private fund advisers with SEC registration and compliance issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act.
“We are thrilled for Dee Anne, Mark and Jeremy to join our team and enhance the bench strength of Faegre Drinker’s private and registered fund practice,” said investment management practice leader Joshua Deringer. “Their wealth of knowledge, particularly on the private fund side, will strengthen the firm’s ability to help local and national clients with their most complex corporate matters.”
Sjögren earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Weakley earned his bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University, summa cum laude, and his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. Kollitz earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California — Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami Law School.
Faegre Drinker’s investment management practice helps clients solve complex regulatory and structural challenges — with an eye to mitigating operational and regulatory risk. We advise national and multinational registered and private funds and their sponsors, investment advisers, broker-dealers and other institutional market participants on business formation and growth. The group draws on deep in-house and industry experience to understand client businesses — and business objectives — and develop bespoke solutions that are practical and forward-thinking.