Mario Richards represents private fund sponsors, investors, and joint venture participants in forming, investing in and operating private investment funds and alternative investment vehicles.

Mr. Richards regularly advises sponsors, from leading institutional asset managers to first-time or boutique fund managers, as well as institutional investors.

He assists sponsors with their formation, global fundraising, capital deployment and operating activities for a range of private funds, including:

  • Real estate funds
  • Infrastructure funds
  • Energy funds
  • Debt Funds
  • Buyout funds
  • Co-investment funds

His experience includes:

  • Raising private investment funds and co-investment vehicles, both in the US and internationally
  • Internal sponsor arrangements and governance
  • SPAC sponsor arrangements
  • Portfolio company acquisitions and divestitures, and management equity arrangements
  • Advising on regulatory compliance matters

Mr. Richards regularly writes on topics related to investment funds, institutional investing, and securities issues.

He also actively supports a number of nonprofit organizations, including Year Up, and has served as a lecturer on business law at Johns Hopkins University.

Representative clients include:

  • Cibolo Energy Partners
  • EIV Capital
  • Fontinalis
  • Riverstone
  • GEF Capital Partners

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 2013
  • BA in Government & Politics, University of Maryland, 2010