Zeke Johnson counsels alternative investment management clients on fund organization and operation, regulatory and compliance matters, and product offerings.

Fund Structuring and Management

Zeke has experience in legal matters related to structuring and managing:
  • Private equity funds
  • Hedge funds
  • Funds of hedge funds
  • Commodity pools and futures funds
  • Hybrid committed capital funds
  • Managed accounts
  • Platforms
  • Other investment structures

Transactional Experience

Zeke advises on:
  • Fund launches and restructurings
  • Formation and registration of investment advisers, commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators
  • Negotiation of side letters, single investor funds and managed account agreements
  • Credit financings for funds and managers
  • Co-investment vehicle formation
  • Sales and purchases of investment funds and managers
  • U.S. product offerings of non-U.S. managers


Zeke advises U.S. and non-U.S. investment managers on the Investment Advisers Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, Regulation D and Dodd-Frank compliance issues.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Zeke was general counsel at Black River Asset Management LLC, a large alternative asset manager. At Black River he oversaw legal matters related to more than $7 billion in assets and managed an international team of attorneys. He is a former investment funds partner of Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago.


Bar Admissions



Harvard Law School
J.D. (2005)

Brigham Young University
B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude (2002)


  • Chambers USA — Nationwide, Hedge Funds, 2021
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