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OVERVIEW

Jahan Sharifi
Partner

New York

445 Park Avenue
Suite 700
New York, NY 10022-8634

P 646-746-2010

F 646-746-2001

OVERVIEW

Jahan Sharifi
Partner

New York

445 Park Avenue
Suite 700
New York, NY 10022-8634

P 646-746-2010

F 646-746-2001

Jahan Sharifi has deep experience – nearly 25 years – representing private investment funds and other financial investors in structuring and consummating investments and acquisitions in a wide range of industries in the U.S. and around the world.

Jahan Sharifi has deep experience – nearly 25 years – representing private investment funds and other financial investors in structuring and consummating investments and acquisitions in a wide range of industries in the U.S. and around the world.

OVERVIEW

Jahan Sharifi has deep experience – nearly 25 years – representing private investment funds and other financial investors in structuring and consummating investments and acquisitions in a wide range of industries in the U.S. and around the world.

As co-chair of the Investment Funds and Asset Management practice, Jahan provides counsel on investment and financing transactions of virtually all kinds, including private equity transactions, venture capital and growth equity investments, mezzanine, capital, mergers and acquisitions, direct lending transactions and convertible instruments, recapitalizations, post-reorganization equity, private investment in public equity transactions (PIPEs), complex joint ventures and other specialized investment structures.

In the course of these transactions, Jahan leverages his broad knowledge and experience in negotiating appropriate rights and protections, whether for minority or majority investors, for investment syndicates or for management. In structuring investments, Jahan is sensitive to his clients’ needs to both manage risk and realize returns, looking for opportunities to help them minimize or hedge transaction risk and post-closing exposure, while preserving economic upside and providing a market-efficient exit mechanism.

Jahan assists with the formation and structuring of new private investment funds and complex investment vehicles and represents fund sponsors and investors in negotiating seed investments in new management companies and new funds.

Understanding market standards for nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, Jahan also advises clients on complex issues relating to the receipt of confidential information in both private and public investment situations.

As a trusted adviser, Jahan is relied upon by his clients for his savvy deal guidance, which he provides with a steady demeanor and helpful approach. 

Experience
  • Home medical equipment company as borrower in the refinancing of its senior secured loan and restructuring of its ownership into a trustHedge fund in making a PIPE investment to provide financing to a special purpose acquisition company for the acquisition of a group of specialty commercial real estate finance companies
  • Hedge fund in private convertible note financing of family-owned Latin American pharmaceutical distribution business
  • Hedge funds in negotiating joint ventures to provide shipping finance, to invest in music royalty interests and to fund litigation claims
  • Real estate development company in negotiating joint venture terms for development in Kazakhstan
  • Family office in acquisitions of a specialty pharmacy and home medical equipment distributor 
  • Acquisition of a leading factoring and commercial finance business
  • Hedge fund in the equity recapitalization of a medical device company
  • Hedge fund in the equity recapitalization of a supplier of natural beauty products
  • Pre-IPO secondary purchase of equity in a Chinese media and entertainment company
  • Acquisition of a U.S.-based consumer lending platform by a Canadian marketplace lender
  • Shareholder group in the sale of a Mexican pharmaceutical distribution company
  • Lead shareholder in the sale of a radio and digital media company
  • Hedge funds in multiple early- and late-stage venture capital investments and growth equity, and secondary purchases of private equity securities
  • Hedge fund in negotiating co-investment agreement with real estate marketplace lending platform
  • Startup companies in establishing online lending platforms and raising equity capital and debt commitments for these companies, including joint ventures with banks and other organizations
  • Marketplace lending platforms in structuring master participation arrangements for outside investors.
  • Formation of an investment fund focused on investing in marketplace lending assets
  • Formation and capitalization of a specialty finance company providing mezzanine finance to the branded restaurant sector and its Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) subsidiary, also represented the company in mezzanine debt and preferred equity financing transactions
  • Anchor investment in a newly-formed infrastructure fund management company
  • Fund management company in negotiation of managed account agreements
  • Financial investor in providing seed capital for a newly-formed hedge fund in Brazil
  • Lead investor in providing equity funding in the formation and capitalization of a sidecar reinsurance vehicle
  • Private equity fund in negotiating a joint venture operating in Ghana
  • Initial financial investor in a leading executive services firm that was previously wholly-owned by its partners
  • Multiple distressed debt investors in negotiating shareholder rights for post-reorganization equity and equity kickers granted in connection with loan restructurings

Certain of these matters occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

EXPERIENCE
Presentations
  • Panelist, “Marketplace Lending Investment Structures,” PLI’s Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding, New York City, Sept. 9, 2016
  • Panelist, “Top Legal Issues in Peer-to-Peer Lending,” PLI’s Crowdfunding and Online Direct Lending Seminar, New York City, Sept. 22, 2015
  • Co-presenter, "Disintermediation: Peer-to-Peer Lending Versus Traditional Lending,” Bloomberg webinar, March, 6, 2014

These presentations occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

Publications
  • Co-author, “Succession Planning Series: A Blueprint for Hedge Fund Founders Seeking to Pass Along the Firm to the Next Generation of Leaders,” The Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 45, Nov. 21, 2013

This publication occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

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