Wesley G. Nissen



  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1986), magna cum laude
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S., 1983), with high honors,


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Wes is a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice group. He provides comprehensive legal services and advice to asset managers, proprietary trading firms, single-family offices, multifamily offices, and wealth management advisors. Wes counsels them on a wide range of transactional and regulatory issues, including corporate formation, structure and succession planning, operational and administrative matters, securities, futures, and derivatives matters, brokerage and derivatives documentation, regulatory compliance matters, equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private investment deals.

Wes has a distinctive skill set combining a deep understanding of corporate and financial services regulatory and transactional matters with a high emotional quotient and a superior ability to develop and communicate creative solutions to legal and business challenges. He is a certified public accountant and in 2014 earned his Claritas Investment Certificate from the CFA Institute Investment Foundation.

A sought-after speaker and author on topics relating to hedge funds and investment vehicles, he has been recognized for his private funds practice in The Best Lawyers in America and other publications. In 2017 Illinois Best Lawyers recognized him as “Lawyer of the Year,” a peer-review award, in the category Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law.

Wes also is a founding member of the Midwest Chapter of the Committee of Hearts, the Board of Directors of Hedge Funds Care a/k/a Hope for Children, an international charity supported by the hedge fund industry dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

  • Illinois Best Lawyers, “Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law,” Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, recommended in “Corporate Law: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law” since 2006
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, recommended in “Banking,” 2010-2015

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois