Daniel Filstrup counsels clients on a broad range of sophisticated legal, regulatory and compliance matters with a focus on asset management, crypto/digital assets and adjacent industries.

Mr. Filstrup’s clients include:

  • Private fund sponsors, including sponsors of private equity, private credit, venture capital, hedge, precious metals, energy transition and other alternative investment vehicles and strategies 
  • Digital asset and cryptocurrency managers and platforms
  • Financial institutions
  • Technology-focused companies with disruptive strategies in investment management and adjacent industries

Mr. Filstrup has extensive experience advising on cutting-edge legal and regulatory issues, including:

  • SEC examinations and investigations
  • Structuring of private investment funds and their sponsors, digital assets and cryptocurrency platforms, bespoke syndication and other alternative investment structures, GP-led secondary transactions, minority stakes deals and other bespoke strategies, transactions and structures
  • Public and private asset manager M&A transactions
  • Capital markets, financing, and restructuring transactions involving asset managers and investment funds
  • Registration of private fund sponsors and other asset managers
  • Compliance, management and operations of registered and unregistered investment advisers
  • Advisers Act and Investment Company Act status matters
  • Various regulatory filings including applications for SEC exemptive relief, Form ADV and Form PF, among others

In addition, Mr. Filstrup has significant experience in legal and transactional negotiations.

Mr. Filstrup previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Jon P. McCalla, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Filstrup worked for a global technology leader and spent eight years in China during which time he worked with emerging companies in the semiconductor and cleantech industries.

Thought Leadership

  • "SEC Adopts Changes to Form PF for Private Equity and Large Hedge Fund Advisers", Latham & Watkins Client Alert (May 2023)
  • "Analysis: SEC’s Proposed Cyber Rules for RIAs, RICs, and BDCs", Latham & Watkins Client Alert (May 2022)
  • “SEC Proposes Changes to Form PF for Private Equity and Large Hedge Fund Advisers”, Latham & Watkins Client Alert (February 2022)
  • "China’s Patent Subsidies and the U.S. Response", American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Fall 2014)

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • Illinois


  • JD, George Washington University Law School, 2014
    with Honors
  • BSE, University of Michigan, 2000
    Dean’s List

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)