A. Nicholas Purrington


Nicholas's focus

“I feel incredibly fortunate that PMW has had the opportunity to serve clients of such a high caliber over the years. Our principal goal as a firm and as individual lawyers has been to deliver value to our clients by coupling the highest level of professional excellence with unparalleled responsiveness to our clients’ needs. In doing so, we have built enduring relationships with our clients. Their success matters to us, and we thrive on finding new ways to serve them as their investment portfolios grow in scale and complexity.”

Nick Purrington founded our firm in April 2000 with a vision of the type of law firm that would best serve his clients. His goal was to build a small team of business lawyers, many trained at well-known domestic and international firms, committed to serving the legal needs of investment managers and institutional investors around the world.

“From the outset we built our firm to address two primary goals – to provide our clients with the same uncompromising quality of legal representation they would expect from the top law firms in the world but to do so with a more efficient staffing model and higher level of personal service. This combination means that our clients receive high quality advice, tailored to their specific needs, at a competitive price.”

Nick’s own practice focuses on representing investment managers to private equity funds, hedge funds, private credit funds and venture and growth capital funds across the spectrum of their legal needs, including fund formation, upper-tier structuring, seed investments, negotiating credit facilities and private placement agreements. Nick also has an active M&A practice for his private equity fund clients, handling the buying and selling of portfolio companies on their behalf, often in cross-border contexts.

“I’m particularly proud of the work we do when assisting our fund clients with their portfolio investments. Good lawyering for us is not just about drafting and negotiating the documents. It’s about getting deals done. It’s about solving problems with creative structuring. We understand a transaction has to work from both a legal and business perspective in order for our clients to achieve their investment objectives. That’s how our long-standing relationship with clients can end up delivering the most real value. We approach each transaction in a way that reflects our understanding of the client’s historical business practices and needs.”

Nick spent the first several years of his career in the Capital Markets group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, in New York, New York, where he focused on the firm’s investment fund formation practice and worked on numerous public and private securities offerings. After leaving Milbank in 1998 to relocate to his home state of North Carolina, and prior to founding our firm, Nick continued his practice at Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston in Greensboro


Georgetown Law School, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Ford Foundation scholar

Princeton University, A.B., 1988 (Politics with Russian Studies)

Bar Admissions

New York

North Carolina