Addison Braendel

Addison Braendel

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Addison Braendel focuses on private equity fund formation, with an emphasis on real estate. Fund formations have included numerous funds of funds, as well as infrastructure funds, hedge funds, energy funds, debt funds and, most recently, QOZ funds. Fund representation includes '40 Act, ERISA, Advisers Act, UBTI, FIRPTA, REIT and related tax counsel and advice.

Addison's experience also includes advising investors with fund reviews and secondary purchases, as well as providing counsel in challenging circumstances including removal of general partners, sponsor insolvency, limited partner defaults and early termination events. Representations have included some of the largest and most well-known sponsors and advisors of private equity funds including The Townsend Group, Griffin Capital, Inland Capital, Mesirow Financial, Macquarie Bank, Invesco, Walton Street Capital and Prudential.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association - Member
  • Pension Real Estate Association - Member
  • North America Funds Group - Leader
  • Global Funds Group - Steering Committee

Corporate Responsibility

  • Member of the Board of Directors, past President, and Volunteer Attorney, Center for Disability and Elder Law, 1993 to present

  • Harper Court Arts Council 2010 to present

  • Temple University College of Liberal Arts Board of Visitors 2013


  • Illinois~United States (1992)


  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D.) (1992)
  • Temple University (B.A., summa cum laude) (1987)


  • English


Author, "The Mask That Becomes You," The American Bar Association Journal of Litigation, Vol. 39 No. 2, Spring 2013

Co-author (with Kristin Gonzalez), "Are You Ready For Dodd - Frank's 30 March 2012 Deadline?" Financier, February 2012


Presenter, "Private Equity Funds," Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 12 September 2016 

Presenter, "Private Equity Issues in Real Estate," 16th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Practising Law Institute, New York City, 22 November 2014

Speaker, "Dodd-Frank/JOBS/Volcker - Regulatory Change is Coming: Understanding the Impact and What Real Estate Funds Need to Do Now," IMN 10th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum, Laguna Beach, CA, 23 January 2013