Reed W. Balmer

Reed W. Balmer

Reed W. Balmer
T: (203) 325-5011 - F: (203) 325-5001

Reed represents registered and unregistered investment advisers, particularly in connection with the formation and management of unregistered private funds.  Reed specializes in the life cycle of private equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds, and also has broad experience representing funds-of-funds, family offices institutional investors, foundations, broker-dealers and commodity pools.  His clients invest in assets ranging from private companies to structured loan obligations to publicly traded securities to real estate to commodities to energy futures and more.  He also represents foreign advisers and funds regarding private offerings into the United States.

Reed works with clients regarding such matters as

  • fundraising; structuring private funds;
  • tailoring material terms to match investment objectives, strategy, underlying assets and investor requirements;
  • negotiating side letters and managed account agreements;
  • marketing to prospective investors and communicating with existing investors;
  • regulatory compliance and negotiating with service providers. 

Reed assists investment advisers with state and federal registration filings as well as developing and implementing policies and procedures to address the resulting compliance obligations.  He has also assisted his clients in preparing for, managing and responding to examinations by state and federal regulatory authorities.

Reed also advises family offices on matters ranging from capital formation and compliance with applicable regulatory guidelines to negotiating transaction terms and structuring investments to employment and succession matters.

Prior to joining Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Reed was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in their Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives Practice Group in New York.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2005, Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review
  • Reed College, B.A., 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2012
  • New York, 2006