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.

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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Forward Consumer Partners closes first fund at $425M hard cap

Updated: January 26, 2024

“Launched in June 2023 and closed in December 2023, Forward Consumer Partners’ Fund I exceeded its target and closed at its $425 million hard cap, with support from a diverse base of respected global investors. Forward held a single close for Fund I and did not use a placement agent. The firm’s mission is to invest in powerful brands that make beloved products.” – Matt Leeds, Founder & Managing Partner

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Shore Capital Partners closes first industrial fund oversubscribed at more than $150M

Updated: December 20, 2023

“We appreciate the continued support from our existing and select new limited partners. Our fifth Healthcare and first Industrials fund were oversubscribed during a challenging economic backdrop, demonstrating investors’ trust in the performance and portability of Shore’s microcap strategy for growing small and medium sized businesses. Closing Industrials Fund I expands our focus on niches poised for growth to five industries: healthcare, industrials, food & beverage, business services, and real estate.”

“Shore will continue partnering with great entrepreneurs to grow faster with less risk, through access to capital, world-class board and operational resources, and unmatched networking, development, and shared learnings across the portfolio. With these new funds, we look forward to growing the Shore family beyond the 35,000+ team members, operating partners, and founders we’re partnered with today.” – Justin Ishbia, Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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Granite Creek closes Fund III at $300M

Updated: November 30, 2023

“We are grateful for the support we have received from our investors, many of whom have supported us since our founding in 2005. The robust investor interest in FlexCap III is a tribute to the important role that our firm plays in supporting the growth of the small businesses that fuel the American economy.  Our team’s operational and financial guidance is highly valued by the companies in which we invest and is the key ingredient to the strong absolute and risk-adjusted returns that we seek. With the close of Fund III, our team is well prepared to execute on our healthy pipeline of opportunities.”

“Granite Creek’s focus on growth investing creates opportunities, as more businesses who might sell outright in a buoyant market are instead now choosing to take on a minority partner.  We are a good fit for this market and for talented entrepreneurs that are interested in capital, because we give them the freedom to run their business, and help them achieve major success.” – Mark Radzik, Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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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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