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Whitney Lutgen

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Whitney’s thinking

Whitney Lutgen is a Partner in the Private funds law team. She primarily advises fund sponsors in connection with the establishment, structuring and operation of private investment funds across all alternative investment strategies.

Whitney further advises GPs and institutional investors on a broad range of related transactions including co-investments and GP/fund restructurings.

Whitney was recently named to Private Equity International’s Future 40 List. She is one of only 6 lawyers on the list and was selected from over 800 nominations.


Prior to MJ Hudson, Whitney Lutgen worked in the private funds group at Kirkland & Ellis in both New York and London. Whitney also worked as In-House Counsel at Partners Group in their New York office.


  • JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (admitted only in New York)GDL (Commendation) & LPC (Distinction)
  • MA in art history, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • BA in art history magna cum laude, Colgate University


Private fund formation

Reviewing and negotiating primary investment funds



GP and fund restructuring

Recent client work

  • advised Zurich-based private equity firm focused on lower-mid market companies in DACH on the formation and closing of fund
  • advised UK based manager, focused on small / mid cap buyouts in UK and Ireland on the formation of co-investment vehicle
  • advised UK-based fundless sponsor on the structuring and formation of single-asset vehicles to execute transactions on a deal-by-deal basis
  • advised UK-based manager, focused on technology investments in northwest Europe on formation of carried interest vehicles and arrangements
  • represented three institutional co-investors investing alongside Hg, Europe’s leading software investor, in Visma, a provider of business-critical software to enterprises in the Nordic, Benelux and Baltic regions
  • advised institutional investor on investment in and participation in GP-led transaction alongside sponsor focused on growth transactions in northern Europe


Outside of work, Whitney enjoys rowing, hiking and chasing around her identical twin boys.

This research, conducted by MJ Hudson’s legal team, analyses the key economic and non-economic terms, across a significant sample of private equity funds that came to market or closed in 2021. We aim to provide both LPs and GPs with an enhanced understanding of the current strengths and weaknesses of the fundamental terms impacting private equity funds.
MJ Hudson Private Equity Fund Terms Research – 7th Edition
This year’s research, we analyse the current economic terms and conditions of private equity and venture capital funds, comparing the results with the findings of our previous research. This research conducted by MJ Hudson’s legal team provides both LPs and GPs with an enhanced understanding of the current strengths and weaknesses of the fundamental economic,...
MJ Hudson’s Private Equity Fund Terms Research 2021 – 6th Edition
LP defaults – the facts
MJ Hudson Partner, Eamon Devlin, leads a session along with Whitney Lutgen addressing questions, such as: the latest of LP defaults, dry powder, comparisons with GFC, curing LP defaults and key issues for LPs and GPs.
We interviewed Helen Steers, Partner, Pantheon Ventures, to discuss LP concerns, ESG, co-investments, diversity & inclusion and more.

Buyout firms bet smaller is better with Covid trimming deals

 –  Quoted December 11, 2020

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