Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced the addition of Gabriel Acri, who has joined as a partner in the Firm’s Asset Management Department. He is based in Willkie’s New York office. Gabriel previously served for ten years as Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of hedge fund adviser Sovarnum Capital L.P. Earlier in his career, he was an associate in Willkie’s Asset Management Department.
“Gabriel is a talented and well-regarded advisor in the asset management industry and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Willkie,” said Lior Ohayon, Co-Chair of Willkie’s Asset Management Department. “His significant experience across alternative liquid strategies including hedge, commodities and credit, will enhance the offerings we provide to our clients.”
Gabriel has extensive experience in the formation, maintenance and regulation of various domestic and offshore hedge funds and other private funds, including commodity pools. He has advised registered and unregistered investment advisers, commodity trading advisors and other market participants across the U.S., Europe and Asia on all facets of SEC, CFTC and NFA regulation and registration.
Gabriel commented: “Joining Willkie’s market-leading asset management practice is the perfect opportunity for the next stage of my practice, and I am thrilled to return to Willkie. I look forward to working with my talented colleagues around the world.”
Gabriel’s arrival follows the addition of asset management partner David Hong, who joined Willkie’s Los Angeles office in January 2022.
Willkie’s Asset Management Department of approximately 100 attorneys across New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Chicago and Los Angeles provides legal services to a wide array of clients in the asset management industry, including privately owned sponsors and investment managers, publicly-traded asset management firms, broker dealers, insurance companies and banks, on fund formations, investments, restructurings, financings, mergers and acquisition transactions, compliance and regulation. The group’s 250+ clients include some of the world’s most prominent asset management firms.