Since 2008, Alishia K. Sullivan has been a resident in the United Arab Emirates where she advises pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors in connection with their global investment activities across asset classes and regional and global investment managers in connection with fund formation and management in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC). Alishia advises institutional investors, focusing primarily on investments in private funds, including leveraged buyout, hedge, infrastructure and real estate funds, and direct and co-investments.
She routinely drafts and negotiates the terms of limited partnership agreements, side letters, subscription agreements, and investment management and advisory agreements in relation to private equity, infrastructure, real estate, credit, venture capital and hedge funds, side cars, and co-investments. Alishia has negotiated numerous separately managed accounts on behalf of institutional investors, including discretionary managed accounts with investment strategies that extend to multiple asset classes and multiple managers. She also has experience in advising clients on structuring and maintaining their investment subsidiary platforms and negotiating bespoke investment advisory arrangements. Alishia advises clients on operational matters, including market opening documents worldwide (with the assistance of local counsel as needed), custody agreements, securities lending agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
Alishia is a former member of the board of directors of two non-profit organizations whose missions focus on the care, empowerment, and education of women and children.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Alishia was a partner at another global law firm. She previously worked as in-house counsel for a state-owned petroleum company in the Middle East and was a member of the global projects group of the Washington, DC, office of an international law firm.
George Mason University School of Law, 2004, J.D.
Clemson University, 1996, B.A.
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Investment Fund Formation and Management, United Arab Emirates, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
Vice-chair, Middle East Advisory Board, 100 Women in Finance (formerly, 100 Women in Hedge Funds)
Member, International Bar Association
Abu Dhabi Woman in Business Award, American Chamber of Commerce (2017)