Nora M. Jordan
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York
Nora M. Jordan, head of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Investment Management Group, advises clients on collective investment vehicles, including hedge funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds and private equity funds. She acts as counsel to the adviser, the fund or the independent directors, depending on the client. Many of her matters involve advising clients concerning compliance with the Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act. She also provides exemptive advice concerning the Investment Company Act for industrial holding companies and non-U.S. trading companies, banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. Ms. Jordan has also worked on a number of acquisitions, reorganizations and structurings of asset managers. They include representation of Putnam in its acquisition by Great-West Lifeco; members of the consortium that purchased Nuveen Investments; ABN AMRO asset management business in its sale to Fortis Investments; Morgan Stanley in its investments in various hedge funds (Avenue Capital Group, Lansdowne Partners, FrontPoint Partners), as well as its merger with Dean Witter; and J.P. Morgan’s investment in American Century, as well as its merger with Chase Manhattan Bank. Ms. Jordan frequently provides advice to financial institutions that have affiliated asset managers and broker-dealers. Principal and agency transactions between asset manager clients and broker-dealers are highly regulated, and Ms. Jordan provides advice on these regulations as well as other regulations affecting hedge funds, advisers and mutual funds. Ms. Jordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and in 1983 received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she was note and comment editor of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. She joined Davis Polk in 1983 and became a partner in 1995. Ms. Jordan is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of investment management topics. In the past year, she was a panelist at a number of conferences on a variety of asset management issues (e.g., hedge fund issues, investment advisers issues, international fund issues and Investment Company Act issues). Ms. Jordan is listed as a leading lawyer in private equity fund formation in several legal industry publications, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008); Legalease’s The Legal 500 (United States) (2008); IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2007, 2006); and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers (2008, 2006).