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Adams Street Partners (“Adams Street”) is a global private markets investment manager, operating in more than thirty countries across five continents. Adams Street prides itself on the depth and breadth of its global investment capabilities and its longstanding reputation as an innovator within the private markets space. Adams Street is consistently recognized for its steadfast commitment to providing clients with quality investment opportunities, and its deep understanding of the broader private markets industry.


Adams Street has more than $41 billion of assets under management and 200+ employees across offices in Chicago, Beijing, Boston, London, Menlo Park, Munich, New York, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo. The firm operates as a single global team and incorporates the skill and experience of its investment professionals across five strategies: primary, secondary, growth equity, private credit, and co-investments. This integrated global platform of investment expertise enabled Adams Street to become a leading provider of customized strategies to institutional and high-net worth investors around the world.


Adams Street is also a pioneer of the private markets and is widely credited as originating the first ever fund-of-funds investment in 1979. The firm became an independent entity in 2001 and a 100% employee-owned firm in 2008.


Adams Street believes in a culture of inclusiveness and collegiate achievement, and strives to deliver the highest standards of integrity, respect, and insight within all aspects of our business. Adams Street’s guiding principles and collaborative environment drive the firm’s commitment to providing exceptional client service and top-tier investment returns.


Adams Street Partners is seeking a Transactional Paralegal to join the Legal team. The Paralegal will be responsible for coordinating fund formations and closings of private equity fund investments.  This individual will also provide general support to the Legal team in a variety of fundraising, compliance and investing related activities.  He/she will work in the twelve-member Legal team, which oversees Adams Street’s global legal and compliance function.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing and maintaining private equity fund investment documentation.
  • Preparing and maintaining various documents/instruments: investment approval documentation, private equity fund subscription documents, debt finance documents, closing lists, corporate charters, LLC/partnership formation documents, corporate resolutions, officer certificates, AML/KYC documentation, etc.
  • Interacting with internal and external investment professionals, lawyers, bankers, accountants, investors and other professionals.
  • Maintaining control of closing documentation and ensuring they conform to Adams Street’s guidelines.
  • Managing post-closing assembly/distribution of closing documents and closing volumes.
  • Responding to fund general partner requests in connection with closings and amendments as well as supplemental information requests.
  • Maintaining and improving internal records, checklists, spreadsheets, and other tracking devices.
  • Participating in and assisting in the management of due diligence projects.
  • Performing other ad hoc projects as assigned.


We seek an individual who is self-motivated, demonstrates creative thinking and has the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree, ideally with a business administration or law focus, is required, and a paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited program is strongly desired.
  • At least 8 plus years paralegal experience required, with at least 5 years as a Paralegal in a Private Funds and/or debt finance practice preferred.
  • Experience managing multiple closings preferably in private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions and/or debt finance.
  • Managing and organizing transactional documentation, ideally including documentation related to private fund investments.
  • Familiarity with global Anti-Money Laundering/Know Your Customer (AML/KYC) laws and regulations.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, highly organized and able to prioritize and meet competing deadlines.
  • Knowledge of and experience using document management systems, electronic data rooms, and MS Office suite required.
  • Interest in staying abreast of industry trends, product knowledge and trends in marketing and investor relations.
  • Ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Strong problem-solving and creative-thinking skills.










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