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Jessica Forbes

  • Partner | Asset Management

New York

T: +1.212.859.8558

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Jessica Forbes is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. She joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1999.

Jessica specializes in federal securities regulation, with particular expertise in the Investment Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act. She advises domestic and international managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, credit funds, real estate funds, and business development companies on all aspects of the federal securities laws. She has extensive experience with the structuring and ongoing operations of these alternative investment vehicles and represents the managers in day-to-day compliance matters, regulatory examinations, and in seeking no-action relief and exemptive orders, including exemptive orders for employees' securities companies.

Jessica also advises on the regulatory implications of merger and acquisition transactions and seed and stake investments in the asset management industry.

Jessica's clients include Bain Capital,...

Jessica Forbes is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. She joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1999.

Jessica specializes in federal securities regulation, with particular expertise in the Investment Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act. She advises domestic and international managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, credit funds, real estate funds, and business development companies on all aspects of the federal securities laws. She has extensive experience with the structuring and ongoing operations of these alternative investment vehicles and represents the managers in day-to-day compliance matters, regulatory examinations, and in seeking no-action relief and exemptive orders, including exemptive orders for employees' securities companies.

Jessica also advises on the regulatory implications of merger and acquisition transactions and seed and stake investments in the asset management industry.

Jessica's clients include Bain Capital, BlackRock, Brookfield Asset Management, Citadel, D. E. Shaw, EJF Capital, Fortress Investment Group, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Neuberger Berman, Point72, Tudor and Wafra.

Jessica is a member of the Women's Forum Planning Committee, a representative group directing Fried Frank's Firmwide women's affinity group.

Jessica was recognized by Crain's New York Business in its 2019 list of Notable Women in Law.

Jessica is recognized as a leading individual by Chambers USA and Chambers Global: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Investment Funds: Regulatory & Compliance (Band 1). Jessica is also recognized by Legal 500 in Investment Fund Formation and Management: Alternative/Hedge Funds as a securities regulation specialist.

Professional associations

  • Member, Managed Funds Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Investment and Compliance
  • Member, New York City Bar Association

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