Jason Behrens

Jason Behrens

Partner, Co-head of U.S. Investment Funds, New York

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Jason is a partner and co-head of the U.S. investment funds practice in Linklaters’ New York office. Jason focuses his practice on advising private fund sponsors and asset managers in connection with all aspects of fund formation, operation, governance and compliance issues. He has vast experience with an array of alternative asset classes, including private equity funds, real estate funds, credit funds, venture capital funds, secondaries funds, energy and infrastructure funds, funds of funds and hedge funds, both domestically and internationally. Jason counsels fund sponsors with respect to portfolio investment acquisitions and dispositions, co-investments, joint ventures, seed arrangements, M&A transactions, spin-outs, fund restructurings and recapitalizations. His practice is global in nature, including representations throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Jason also regularly advises buyers and sellers on their secondary market transactions, including traditional portfolio sales, structured secondaries, stapled secondary offerings and other complex secondary transactions. In addition, he represents institutional investors in connection with their investments in private investment funds and other alternative assets. 

Jason has been recognized in Chambers USA 2022. Clients commented that "Jason is a pleasure to work with and offers great attention to detail." "His breadth of knowledge and practice are astonishing." "He has both a business and legal mind to get a deal done." Jason is also ranked in Euromoney’s Banking, Finance and Transactional 2022 Expert Guide under Investment Funds, which recognizes individuals considered by peers and clients to be the best in their respective fields in the legal industry.

Select Representative Clients: Aermont, CBRE Global Investors, Centerbridge Partners, Clarion Partners, Digital Colony, DuPont Capital Management, Emigrant Partners, GE Asset Management (now State Street Global Advisors), Gemini Family Office, iCapital Network, Intel Corporation Retirement Plans Master Trust, Jones Lang LaSalle, KKR, LCN Capital Partners, Lilly Retirement Plan Master Trust, Macquarie, Orix Corporation, National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust, Partners Group, RIT Capital, Siguler Guff, SMBC, South Harbor LLC, U.S. Steel & Carnegie Pension Fund and Wafra.

Professional experience

He is a speaker at seminars, including:

  • Moderator, “Navigating Fund Operations & Formation Including Regulatory and Structural Considerations,” Market Group’s 10th Annual Private Equity New York Forum, May 2022
  • “Secondary Transactions: Tender Offers, Side Pocket Clearing and Residual Assets,” SRZ 28th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2019.
  • “Trends in Fund Governance & Economics,” FEA Private Equity Meeting, New York, March 2016.

Education and qualifications

Jason received his B.S. from Cornell University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Published works

  • Moderator, “Navigating Fund Operations & Formation Including Regulatory and Structural Considerations,” Market Group’s 10th Annual Private Equity New York Forum, May 2022
  • Jason was co-author of “LPAs: Finding the Right Balance,” Private Equity International, January 2018.