Bradford Clements joined the Firm in 2020 as an associate in the Investment Funds & Advisors Department. Bradford’s practice focuses on counseling investment advisers (including advisers to hedge funds, venture funds, private equity funds, and separately-management accounts) in all aspects of their businesses. Leveraging his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Bradford excels in thinking beyond the narrow legal issues to incorporate the practical business context in his advice and analysis.
Prior to joining the Firm, Bradford was a tax associate at two of the largest global law firms (with projects often spanning into the Corporate realm). Bradford advised fintech investors and sponsors, along with institutional investors, in connection with investments in P2P lending, private equity, real estate, and opportunity zone projects. He counseled sovereign wealth funds on optimal structuring of debt, equity, and real-estate investments with JV partners. Additionally, he advised investors on a business plan to incorporate and fund the construction of a long-haul dark-fiber route across a wide swath of the U.S., including whether the project would qualify as a REIT. Lastly, for a fast-growing high-tech company, Bradford conducted the full legal and quantitative analysis of a $50M share repurchase program, including shareholder-by-shareholder dividend or exchange treatment analysis.
Prior to transitioning to private practice, Bradford was a trial and appellate prosecutor in Dallas, Texas. During Bradford’s 5+ years as an assistant district attorney, he led the prosecution of over 50 jury trials and argued on behalf of the State of Texas in five appellate oral argument sessions. His most rewarding stint was when he was a dedicated family-violence prosecutor.