Ann Richardson Knox is the office practice leader of the New York Banking & Finance practice and is the Global Head of Mayer Brown’s Fund Finance team. Ann also serves on the firm’s Partnership Board. Ann has spent 24 years structuring complex financings to US and global private funds, sponsors and portfolio companies and has represented both financial institutions and funds. Ann’s vast experience encompasses financings at every level of the capital stack and every phase of a fund’s existence.
Ann represents major domestic and foreign investment and commercial banks as lead agent and arranger in connection with subscription credit facilities and net asset value facilities. She has been lead counsel on many of the largest and complex such facilities to funds sponsored by the world’s preeminent fund sponsors and led the first ESG subscription credit facility in the US market. Ann’s practice also includes structuring novel solutions to provide leverage on fund portfolio assets, including private equity limited partnership interests, real estate, infrastructure, debt and portfolio companies. Notably, Ann led the first such portfolio leveraging financings to secondary funds more than fifteen years ago.
Ann has been involved with the Fund Finance Association and Women in Fund Finance industry groups since their inception and currently serves on the US Advisory Board of the Fund Finance Association and is the US Co-Chair of the Women in Fund Finance. She has been recognized by the industry as the 2021 recipient of the Fund Finance Association’s “Woman in Fund Finance Award”. Ann was named a 2022 Notable Diverse leader in law by Crain’s New York Business and has also been named a 2020 “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine.
Columbia University, JD
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Cornell University, BS
- American Bar Association
- New York County Lawyer's Association