Robinson Bradshaw Expands Fund Formation and Institutional Investors Practices


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New Attorney Brings Wealth of Experience in Public Pension Administration

Feb. 2, 2015

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. has hired attorney Cynthia Collins, formerly the deputy attorney general for the state of Delaware and general counsel to the Delaware Public Employees Retirement System. Collins will co-chair the firm’s institutional investors practice and work with the firm’s fund formation and investment management group.

Collins has extensive experience representing institutional investors in structuring, negotiating and managing portfolio investment transactions. She negotiated more than $1 billion in private equity, real estate, hedge fund and other alternative investments for DPERS, as well as co-investments and secondary transactions. Collins has also negotiated investment management agreements and created special funds for a variety of purposes. As a member of DPERS senior leadership, she served as board counsel advising on corporate governance, board policies, fiduciary duty, regulatory compliance and pension administration.

“Cindy’s knowledge of large public pension funds further strengthens our fund formation and institutional investors practices,” said Robert Griffin, managing partner at Robinson Bradshaw. “Our clients will benefit from her experience inside a major public pension fund, as well as her background in business and finance.”

Robinson Bradshaw has been helping clients form and invest in private investment funds for more than 20 years. Clients include managers of buyout, venture capital, real estate, mezzanine, SBIC and hedge funds, as well as public pension funds, university endowments, funds of funds and other institutional investors. The firm provides services beyond fund formation and investment, including tax, regulatory, corporate, employment, intellectual property and other legal advice.

“Robinson Bradshaw already has a stellar reputation in the institutional investor and fund community, and I look forward to contributing to its growing practice for public pensions,” said Collins.

Prior to her service with the Delaware Department of Justice, Collins was an associate at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. and Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. in Wilmington, Delaware. She earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees of business administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens University.

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