Jane Engelhardt is the head of the primary investor-side practice. She is a partner and a member of the Investment Management and Private Equity Groups, as well as a leader of the Private Fund Transactions Group. Her practice involves a wide variety of private equity and venture funds and focuses on representations of clients in connection with primary investments and secondary transactions, including traditional sales and purchases of fund interests, and “stapled” primary and secondary transactions, fund structured co-investments, anchor/seed investments and platform arrangements. Her clients include Citigroup, HarbourVest Partners, The Ford Foundation, J.P. Morgan, Liberty Mutual Insurance, The Nature Conservancy, PSP Investments, Prudential Insurance Company, Sequoia Capital, Silk Road Fund, Pantheon Ventures, OMERS and Zurich Alternative Asset Management as well as sovereign wealth funds and family offices.
Ms. Engelhardt is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Global (2023) and Chambers USA (2023), where clients note that she is “analytical and practical while providing a great market perspective.” Sources say she is “a total superstar,” “one of the best in the industry,” “amazing” and “her depth of knowledge is very thorough, she’s very practical and her customer service is great.” She has also been described as a “very experienced campaigner who makes points with vigor and makes a very sound legal argument.” Ms. Engelhardt is also recognized by The Legal 500 US (2023).
Ms. Engelhardt joined the firm in 1996. She received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1996, where she was a Stone Scholar all three years, and an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. Ms. Engelhardt received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.