Corporate Sponsors

Corporate sponsors provide WAVE with a robust framework of professional and financial support that will allow the Association to fulfill its mission. Because of your contribution, WAVE is able to serve its members, and the private equity and venture capital industry, by providing networking, leadership, educational, and mentoring opportunities and programs.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management is a leading wealth manager with more than two centuries of experience in providing services to clients who today include financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations. It has more than $185 billion in private client assets, as of December 31, 2013, and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally. BNY Mellon Wealth Management, which provides investment management, custody, wealth and estate planning and private banking services to clients, conducts business through various operating subsidiaries of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. For more information go to or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellonWealth.


Choate has been one of the nation’s premier law firms for over a century. We enjoy what we do and are privileged to serve our clients and contribute to their success.

As reflected throughout our website, Choate has chosen to be distinctly different, in a number of important respects, from the firms with which we compete. We believe that those differences materially benefit our clients and our lawyers. Choate stands out in a legal marketplace which is crowded, intensely competitive and populated by firms which increasingly look alike.

Our mission is to help important clients capitalize on their most promising opportunities and find solutions to their most significant problems. Clients retain us because they expect, as we expect from ourselves, uniformly exceptional judgment, service and value.


FIRSTavenue is a leading independent global advisory and capital placement business focused on private funds and private companies. FIRSTavenue covers the significant investors in the developed world and developing world. FIRSTavenue is differentiated by the breadth and depth of its reach through five global offices and benefits from a large team of former pension consultants on staff. FIRSTavenue’s clients include leading GPs and management teams across the key private market and industry sectors: private equity, private credit, real estate and real assets.


Jenner & Block is a premier law firm with one of the most active fund formation and small business investment company (SBIC) practices in the United States. The fund formation team has particularly robust experience representing funds that raise $500 million or less in private capital and providing these funds with the specialized and efficient counseling dictated by this space in the market. We represent private equity, mezzanine, venture capital, real estate and other specialized funds. We work with these funds through the formation, offering, operations and investments and wind-down stages.

Our lawyers counsel funds seeking SBIC licenses throughout the licensure process with the US Small Business Administration. We advise funds on SBIC regulatory compliance matters throughout their lifecycles. We also represent limited partners making investments into investment funds. Additionally, we represent funds as they make, manage and exit investments and counsel the funds’ portfolio companies on a wide range of business, financing, securities and governance issues.


Landmark Partners is a private equity and real estate investment management company specializing in the acquisition of venture capital, mezzanine, buyout, and real estate investments through secondary transactions. Over 90% of our capital is committed to secondary funds with the remaining committed to our co-investment, fund-of-funds, and direct growth capital investment programs. The firm was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Simsbury, Connecticut with satellite offices in Boston and London.

Landmark has formed 20 funds over the last 17 years, capitalized at $6.2 billion. Having one of the longest track records in the secondary investment business, Landmark closed a thirteenth private equity secondary fund in 2006 capitalized at $1.2 billion. Institutional investors include public and private pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, Taft Hartley plans and family offices. The Landmark funds have investments in over 800 venture capital, mezzanine, buyout, and real estate partnerships, which in turn have invested in over 7,000 companies and properties.

Landmark Partners is recognized as a pioneer in the secondary market having completed the first institutional sale of partnership interests in venture capital, buyouts, and real estate in 1990, 1993, and 1996 respectively. Landmark has acquired and transferred more than 850 limited partnership interests in funds managed by more than 600 sponsors. The firm has closed more than 250 portfolios acquired on a secondary basis and has underwritten more than 600 secondary deals since 1990.

Superior results require dedicated professionals experienced in all phases of investment origination, analysis, portfolio management, accounting, and reporting. Landmark's 44-member team brings the philosophy, the process, and the expertise to successfully execute sophisticated investment strategies.


Square 1 is a full service banking partner to entrepreneurs and their investors, providing clients flexible resources and attentive service to help their companies grow. Square 1 offers a broad range of venture debt, treasury and cash management solutions through its 15 offices located in top innovation centers across the country. Learn more at