Kelly Chapman

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Kelly C. Chapman is an associate in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on investment fund formation, fund management and operational matters, and related securities regulation. Kelly advises her clients in connection with the following issues, among others:

  • Private Investment Funds:
    • Fund Sponsors—Structuring, Formation, and Negotiations
      Kelly’s core practice involves advising fund sponsors on all aspects of the organization, negotiation, structuring, and operations of venture capital funds, as well as cryptocurrency funds, hedge funds, and private equity funds. She also advises on variations of such funds, such as single-portfolio company funds of one and SPVs (both stand-alone and series SPVs), funds of funds, master/feeder fund structures, and separately managed accounts.

      In addition to deep experience advising large, established investment fund sponsors, Kelly has significant experience working with first-time fund sponsors and sponsors raising funds with less than $150 million, and she has a specialty in providing guidance and assistance on the important and unique business and regulatory issues faced by their funds and that they face as first-time managers of funds.

      Along with general early-stage, venture investments, she has extensive experience working with investment funds focused on:

      • Technology investments;
      • Life sciences, medtech, pharmaceutical, and similar investments;
      • Companies coming out of certain incubators and accelerators;
      • Cryptocurrency and crypto-asset investments;
      • University-associated/driven investing;
      • Quantitative and similar automated investing strategies; and
      • Social impact and other types of double-bottom line investing.
    • Investor-Side Representation
      Kelly advises institutional investors seeking to invest in hedge funds, private equity funds, and venture funds, including in negotiating modification to partnership agreements and side letters. She tailors her approach to suit the needs of each client in light of their desired investment size and role with respect to the particular fund. Her representation has included a particular focus on representations of private foundations, family offices, public companies, and other investors with particular sensitivities and considerations when investing in private funds.
    • General Partner Admission and Separation Representation
      Kelly counsels general partner entities with respect to aspects of the structuring, negotiation, and documenting of the admission and separation of general partner, venture partner, and other individuals from venture firms. She also counsels the individuals seeking to be admitted to or separate from venture firms.
    • Privacy Fund Securities Regulatory Advice
      Kelly counsels fund sponsors regarding their relevant regulatory obligations, including relevant exclusions or exemptions, under the Investment Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, broker-dealer rules and regulations, and other relevant securities laws. Her practice also includes Form ADV filings and similar regulatory filings.
  • Structuring and Formation of Fintech Products, Offerings, and Platforms
    • Kelly advises participants in the financial services industry—such as fintech companies operating crowdfunding platforms under Regulation Crowdfunding and Reg A+, cryptocurrency issuers, and other novel securities-related platforms and products—on federal securities laws and related financial services laws and regulations with respect to their regulatory, transactional, offering, and product development projects. In particular, she has experience working with clients to structure their organization, operations, and/or products so as to permissibly avoid regulation under the Securities Act, Investment Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, and broker-dealer rules and regulations.
  • Prior to joining the firm, Kelly was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where she represented private equity and hedge fund firms in various aspects of fund formation and management, including providing counsel with respect to a wide variety of private fund structures and negotiating secondary transactions.

    Before attending law school, Kelly worked in the Washington, D.C., office of global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, where she served as the first line of administration of seven of Carlyle’s flagship buyout and venture/technology funds—totaling approximately €10 billion in investor commitments—including assisting with the fundraising efforts for these investment funds.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Economics and International Studies, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College


  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York


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