Perkins Coie adds new partner to team

Law firm Perkins Coie has named Elizabeth Kemery Sipes as a partner, focusing on private investment funds. Previously, she was a partner at Bryan Cave.


DENVER, Colo. (March 12, 2018) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Kemery Sipes has joined the firm’s Denver office as a partner in the Corporate practice with a focus on representing private investment funds.

Elizabeth advises the sponsors of private investment funds, including private equity, venture capital funds, real estate private equity and hedge funds, on matters involving structuring onshore and offshore funds, upper tier management and general partner entities, reorganizations, side letter negotiations and investment adviser registrations and exemptions.

“Elizabeth’s considerable experience providing investment counsel to clients with sophisticated global financial interests strengthens Perkins Coie’s role as recognized trusted advisors for clients with specialized investment needs,” said Michael Glaser, Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s Corporate Practice. “Elizabeth’s background strongly complements our private equity, venture capital and investment management practices and her entrepreneurial spirit blends well with the Perkins Coie team.”

Elizabeth also has extensive experience performing due diligence, negotiating partnership agreements and side letters for the private investments of institutional investors, including endowments, universities and pensions. She spent time as in-house counsel for an asset management company supporting its institutional distribution division and private investment funds. Elizabeth earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois and her B.A., cum laude, from Truman State University. Before joining Perkins Coie, she was a partner at Bryan Cave.

“Elizabeth is a well-respected strategic advisor in the Colorado market and well-known among our attorneys who had worked with her when she was in-house counsel at an asset management company,” said Sonny Allison, Perkins Coie’s Denver Office Managing Partner. “Elizabeth has nearly twenty years of experience advising clients on substantive investment fund matters. Her exceptional reputation is an asset to the firm and we are delighted to welcome her to Perkins Coie.”

Perkins Coie’s corporate practice is comprised of nearly 200 attorneys who provide finance, transaction and counseling services for businesses ranging in size from startups to FORTUNE 50 companies. The group is comprised largely of M&A and private equity attorneys who provide counsel on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, carve-outs, spin-offs, recapitalizations, growth equity investments, industry consolidations and leveraged buyouts of private and public companies. The attorneys also advise fund sponsors and structure and form private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds.

Perkins Coie’s Investment Management group represents registered and unregistered funds, investment advisers, family offices, and multibillion dollar mutual fund complexes and their independent directors in all aspects of their operations. In addition, as part of a full-service firm with offices across the country, Perkins Coie has the depth and breadth to advise on virtually every legal area important to businesses, including tax, real estate, intellectual property and antitrust.

Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success. With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.