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Elaine M. Hughes

Elaine M. Hughes

Chair, Fund Formation & Structuring


  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Capital Markets & Securities
  • Broker-Dealer

WSG Practice Industries


Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New York, U.S.A.


Elaine advises clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues relating to the establishment, structuring, and operation of U.S.-based and offshore investment vehicles, as well as joint ventures, managed accounts, and other alternative investment relationships. Her clients are leading U.S. and global investment managers, funds, and investors who value her experience, ingenuity, and counsel.

Working closely with hedge funds, private equity funds, venture funds, credit funds, funds of funds, and other pooled investment vehicles, Elaine advises on all aspects of operational needs, securities laws, and regulatory and compliance issues. She also represents private investors in fund and direct investments. Beyond her knowledge of fund formation, capital raising, and structuring, Elaine is experienced with seed and strategic investment negotiations, fund-related mergers and acquisitions, and secondary transactions.

Elaine has played a primary role in transactions involving structures and assets with values ranging from tens of millions to several billion dollars. She has had substantial involvement in shareholder and partnership arrangements and in providing regulatory advice to investment advisors. She has also advised clients on a number of corporate transactional matters and strategic alliances.

An authority on private funds and investments, Elaine is regularly invited to speak on the subject. She has also been a guest speaker on venture capital financings and shareholder relationships, and a committee co-chair for the National Venture Capital Association Model Legal Document Working Group.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey


Boston College Law School (J.D. 1998), magna cum laude
Harvard University (B.A. 1995), cum laude
Areas of Practice

Broker-Dealer | Capital Markets & Securities | Corporate | Corporate Finance & Securities | Derivatives & Structured Products | Family Office Practice | Fund Formation & Structuring | Fund Regulatory & Compliance | Global Financial Crisis Group | Investment Management | Mergers & Acquisitions | Private Equity | Tech Transfer | The Tech Group | Venture Capital, Angel Investing, And M&A

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Speaking Engagements

Marie DeFalco, Elaine Hughes, Scott Moss and the Investment Management Group will be hosting the Private Equity Fund of Funds Roundtable in the New York Office. The goal of the program is to bring together a small group of representatives from leading private equity fund of funds for an informal, interactive discussion. 

Lowenstein partners Marie T. DeFalco and Elaine M. Hughes are panelists at the Opal Group's Family Office Winter Forum 2018. DeFalco's panel addresses "Investing in Private Equity/Venture Capital"; Hughes' panel covers "Opportunities in the Private Credit Markets."

Official event site



Professional Activities and Experience

  • Rising Star - Super Lawyers - (2013-2014)
  • The Legal 500 - USA (2017) - Hughes


    Financial Industry Regulatory Reform Approved by Joint Congressional Conference Committee, June 25, 2010
    IRS Extends Deadline for Filing Foreign Bank Account Reports For Certain Taxpayers to September 23, 2009, June 25, 2009
    IRS Extends FBAR Filing Deadline for Certain Taxpayers to June 30, 2010, August 10, 2009
    New Massachusetts Privacy Regulations Affect Companies Across the Country, July 2009
    SEC Report Recommends Improvements To, But Not Suspension Of, Fair Value Accounting, January 8, 2009
    Shareholder Disputes and Corporate Divorce, March/April 2004

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