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practice accolades

Private Investment Funds

Ranked "#1 Most Active Law Firm" globally, based on the number of private equity funds worked on for limited and general partners, by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst (2013) 

Ranked, National Tier 1: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2013)

honors + affiliations

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2014)

Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers (2011–2013)

Listed, Investment Fund Formation and Management: Alternative/Hedge Funds in The US Legal 500 (2009–2014)

Listed, "Guide to the World's Leading Investment Funds Lawyers," International Financial Law Review/Expert Guides (2008)

Listed, New York Super Lawyers (2007–2009, 2011)

Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Investment Compliance

Member, Private Investment Funds Forum

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Private Investment Funds

Member, American Bar Association

Board Member, New York Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves

Member, Order of the Coif

bar admissions

  • New York
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Jedd H. Wider

New York
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10178-0060
United States
Phone: +1.212.309.6605
Fax: +1.212.309.6001

Jedd H. Wider is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice and a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Practice. Mr. Wider concentrates his practice in the structuring and formation of and investment in international and domestic private investment funds, particularly global hedge funds, private equity funds, secondary funds, real estate funds, mezzanine debt funds, venture capital funds and funds-of-funds and in the subsequent representation of these funds in their investment activities. He represents many of the world's leading financial institutions and investment banks as well as financial boutiques in their roles as sponsors, placement agents, and investment entities. He also has an extensive background in complex financial structurings and transactions and joint ventures.

Mr. Wider's views on the hedge fund and private equity fund industries and capital markets are frequently sought by members of the international media. His analysis can be found in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and the Financial Times, as well as on television networks such as Bloomberg and CNN. Mr. Wider also regularly lectures and serves as a panelist on private investment fund topics for trade programs and organizations. Recent speaking engagements include presentations to the Lazard Capital Markets Hedge Fund Conference: "The Changing Landscape of Investing in Single Manager Strategies," Hedge Fund Institutional Forum, Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Limited Partners Summit, Endowments & Foundations Roundtable, Association of Life Insurance Counsel, National Association of Public Pension Fund Attorneys (NAPPA), West Legalworks, the Third Annual Euromoney Summit of European Hedge Funds in London, the Capital Roundtable New York Conference: Fundless Equity Sponsors - How to Raise a Dedicated Private Equity or Mezzanine Fund, the American College of Investment Counsel, the On Point Investor & Hedge Fund Risk Summit, the New Frontiers in Hedge Fund Due Diligence Conference, the Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, and Infovest21's The Real Story on Hedge Fund Fees (and Terms) Conference.

Mr. Wider is listed in The US Legal 500, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers, and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He was named by Chambers as one of the leading hedge fund lawyers in the United States and in the world.

Mr. Wider is an editor of the Morgan Lewis Hedge Fund Deskbook: Legal and Practical Guide for a New Era, published by Thomson Reuters/West, and has published numerous articles and is the co-chair of the annual Morgan Lewis advanced topics in hedge fund practices conference.

Mr. Wider is an editorial board member of The Journal of Investment Compliance. He served as a law clerk to Judge Nicholas H. Politan of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and to U.S. Attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani of the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Wider received his J.D., cum laude, from Tulane Law School in 1992 and was named to the Order of the Coif and admitted to the National Order of Barristers. He received his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1989. He speaks English and French.

Mr. Wider is admitted to practice in New York.


  • Tulane University Law School, 1992, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Princeton University, 1989, A.B.