Market intelligence, advisory and fundraise collaboration.

The McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Program was built to differentiate McGuireWoods as the preeminent law firm for emerging private investment fund managers. The Program fuels the emerging manager landscape through its commitment to and belief in building community. We systematically connect our emerging managers with LP’s based on specific investment criteria, with the support of our non-lawyer PE professionals who expand our LP relationships and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the connections we make. The Program leverages our robust database of over 800 LP’s with interest in emerging managers by applying our AI tools and old-fashioned relationship building to provide you with the most curated introductions.

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McGuireWoods hosts its Emerging Manager Conference and regional Emerging Manager events throughout the US. Our conference and events are exclusively tailored to limited partners and emerging managers, ensuring productive networking opportunities and guaranteeing an environment dedicated to fostering genuine connections among industry peers.

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Delve into our extensive 7-part fundraising toolkit designed specifically to empower Emerging Managers on their path to success. This resource offers a wealth of invaluable insights, strategies, and tools to help you navigate the complexities of fundraising and propel your fund to new heights. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced manager, our toolkit equips you with the knowledge and resources necessary to secure the funding you need to thrive in today’s competitive fundraising landscape.

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Fund Flow Podcast

“Fund Flow” is an Emerging Manager podcast brought to you by Jon Finger, offering insights into the journey of new and aspiring fund managers. Hear real-world perspectives and gain actionable tips to help inform your strategy and position yourself for a successful fund closing.

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These interviews are part of a series from McGuireWoods featuring impressive emerging managers, as part of our ongoing commitment to the emerging manager community. To recommend an emerging manager for a future interview, please email us at

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Closing Corner

The McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Program highlights recent and notable fund closings to share industry updates and emerging manager insights among industry peers.

Lone View Capital Raises $850 Million for Inaugural Investment Fund

Updated: June 10, 2024

“We believe there were three critical factors that allowed us to successfully raise $850 million for our inaugural fund: a team with decades of shared investing experience, our consistency in investment approach and strategy, and our unique, differentiated, and integrated operator-investor model. This combination of team, strategy, and model resonated deeply with a diverse and global base of Limited Partners who were excited to partner with us to foster the next generation of market-leading software, information services, and technology-enabled platform businesses.” – Rishi Chandna, Managing Partner

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Compass Group Equity Partners closes fund oversubscribed at more than $400M

Updated: May 14, 2024

“Raising two oversubscribed funds in two years can only be done after persistent hard work and dedication from the team that delivers on our strategy of thematic research, proprietary deal sourcing, partnering in value creation, and ultimately successful outcomes.  The support from our limited partners validates our investment strategy, our people, and the strength of our portfolio. We are honored to have the support both new and existing investor enabling us to continue our mission to grow great companies.” – John Huhn, Founder and Managing Partner

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Clearhaven Partners Raises $580 Million Fund II

Updated: April 22, 2024

“Our mission has been clear and consistent since day one – to invest exclusively in growing software businesses who seek an operationally oriented partnership with our team, and to do so while maintaining an uncompromising set of shared values. This mission carries directly into Fund II.” – Michelle Noon, Founder and Managing Partner

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Saothair Capital Partners Closes Inaugural Fund at $125 Million

Updated: March 5, 2024

“We launched fundraising on our inaugural fund in late May 2023 only after testing the waters with potential anchors. When the response was favorable, we transitioned quickly into a full fundraising process, but one that was focused on the right type of partners for long-term success in building our franchise. Momentum built quickly, we exceeded our initial target within 3 months, and we closed at our hard cap within 5 months of launch.

I attribute the success of our fundraise to (a) having a truly differentiated strategy as a deep value / special situations buyer, focused exclusively on manufacturing where our team has decades of experience, (b) a long-term relationship between the founding partners, bringing complementary expertise in dealmaking and operations, and (c) outstanding partners in our placement agent Pacenote and legal counsel McGuireWoods, each of whom demonstrated their commitment to working with us and helped attract premier institutional investors.” – Kevin Madden, Co-Founder

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About Emerging Manager Program

The goal of the McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Program is to establish McGuireWoods as the preeminent law firm for emerging private investment fund managers. The program is driven by the firm’s Private Equity and Private Investment Fund Practice, which fuels the emerging manager landscape through its commitment to and belief in building community. With a proven track record in value-add networking, McGuireWoods aims to bring this sentiment to the forefront of the program by establishing connections, publishing thought-leadership pieces, and hosting events to foster the community including an annual conference.

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To participate in The McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Program and gain access to upcoming regional events, stay up-to-date on the 2024 McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Conference, and receive relevant LP or GP introductions, please register. Completing this profile does not guarantee participation in the 2024 McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Conference and a separate process is open on our Emerging Manager Conference website.

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