Payam Siadatpour

Payam Siadatpour: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (436 Attorneys)
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Payam Siadatpour represents public and private closed-end funds, such as business development companies (BDCs), in their formation and launch to market operations. Once the client is selling shares, Payam assists with regulatory requirements associated with being a public company. More generally, he advises companies on securities and corporate governance matters, such as maintaining their compliance with the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Payam also counsels on compliance with, and exemptions from, the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Before joining the firm, Payam served as a law clerk for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and was an Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient of the Client Choice Award in the category of Capital Markets for Washington DC (2018)


Video: 2018 BDC Roundtable (September 2018)
The 2018 BDC Roundtable was held on September 5-6 at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel. With more than 300 registrants, the roundtable brought together industry executives, inside and outside ...

Videocast: Interval funds: A brief introduction (March 20, 2018)
In the past few months, investment company structures known as interval funds have become popular among money managers. This Bottom Line videocast discusses:what makes a fund an “interval ...

Webcast: A Primer on Registered Closed-End Funds, Specifically Interval Funds (October 19, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Cynthia Krus, Cynthia Beyea and Payam Siadatpour present, “A Primer on Registered Closed-End Funds, Specifically Interval Funds,” a webcast on October 19, 2017. ...


“The non-traded BDC can be attractive to income-oriented investors who seek stable distributions from an entity whose common stock is not subject to the fluctuations of the public markets.”

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: Not so FAST - SEC passes rules to implement FAST Act provisions (March 29, 2019)
On March 20, 2019, the SEC adopted rules (the Rules) to implement certain provisions of the FAST Act. The omnibus highway bill called “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or the “FAST Act,” ...

Legal Alert: SEC proposes offering reforms for business development companies and registered closed-end funds (March 21, 2019)
On Wednesday, March 20, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose rule amendments to implement certain provisions of the Small Business Credit Availability Act and the Economic Growth, ...

Legal Alert: And now for some good news-SEC no-action position provides limited relief for fund in-person voting requirements (March 14, 2019)
Introduction On February 28, 2019, the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued a letter stating its no-action position regarding ...

Legal Alert: SEC proposes to expand “testing-the-waters” provisions to all issuers (February 25, 2019)
Overview On February 19, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a proposal to expand the “testing-the-waters” exemption to all issuers. Currently the exemption is limited to ...

Legal Alert: Fund of funds flexibility - What’s important to BDCs and closed-end funds in the SEC’s rule proposal, including a request for comments on AFFE (January 14, 2019)
On December 19, 2018, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release (the Release) proposing new rule 12d1-4 (the Proposed Rule) and related amendments to streamline and enhance the ...

Legal Alert: SEC operating status during the government shutdown (January 2, 2019)
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will follow its Operations Plan Under a Lapse in Appropriations and Government Shutdown (the Operations Plan) during the government shutdown, which ...

Legal Alert: Considerations for the 2019 proxy season (December 21, 2018)
Companies preparing for their annual shareholder meetings will need to consider a variety of factors, including new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements, guidance from Institutional ...

Legal Alert: SEC fines BDC investment adviser for misallocation of expenses and valuation failures (December 12, 2018)
On December 3, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) entered an order (the Order) to settle charges arising out of an enforcement action against Fifth Street Management, LLC (FSM). ...

Legal Alert: SEC approves amendment to Nasdaq 20% rule to relax the market value test (October 17, 2018)
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved an amendment to Nasdaq Rule 5635(d), also known as the “20% Rule,” to modify the situations in which a company must obtain shareholder ...

Legal Alert: SEC Staff states that IRS Form 1099-DIV cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of Section 19(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (September 13, 2018)
Section 19(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) generally prohibits a business development company (BDC) or a registered investment company from making a distribution from any ...


The Emerging Popularity of Interval Funds (May 30, 2017)
In the past few months, there has been a considerable upsurge in interest in interval funds by money managers in light of the investor demand and appetite for them. In their article of Law360, ...


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“A public offering of shares of common stock of a non-listed issuer faces certain regulatory requirements not encountered by companies whose shares are listed on an exchange.”

In the News

Washington-area Appointments and Promotions for January 1 (December 30, 2017)
Washington Post
In this article for the Washington Post, nine Washington DC-based Eversheds Sutherland attorneys are mentioned for being elected partner, effective January 1, 2018.

Eversheds Sutherland Unveils US Promotions (December 21, 2017)
Legal Week
Eversheds Sutherland is mentioned in this Legal Week article regarding the election of 17 new US partners effective January 1, 2018.

Press Releases

Five Eversheds Sutherland Colleagues Honored with 2018 Client Choice Award (February 9, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that five colleagues have been recognized with the 2018 Client Choice Award. Each lawyer was the sole recipient in his or her respective category and ...

Eversheds Sutherland Elects 17 New US Partners (December 20, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce the election of 17 new partners effective January 1, 2018. Eversheds Sutherland Co-CEO Mark D. Wasserman commented: “It is an honor to welcome our ...

Sutherland Elects 18 New Counsel (January 14, 2016)
ATLANTA and WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the election of 18 new counsel, effective January 1, 2016. “Each of these attorneys provides excellent service to our ...

Sutherland Represents Ares Capital Corporation in Unprecedented $500 Million Convertible Bond Offering (February 8, 2011)
WASHINGTON (February 8, 2011) - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP represented Ares Capital Corporation in its $500 million convertible bond offering - the largest ever by a business development ...

Sutherland Represents Underwriters including Goldman, Sachs & Co., Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and UBS Securities LLC, in $133.3 Million IPO by Business Development Company (February 8, 2011)
WASHINGTON (February 8, 2011) - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP represented the underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of 11.11 million shares of common stock of Medley Capital ...

Sutherland Represents Solar Capital Ltd. in Initial Public Offering (April 28, 2010)
WASHINGTON (April 28, 2010) - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP recently advised Solar Capital Ltd. in its $105 million initial public offering.The transaction priced February 9, 2010, and included ...

Sutherland Represents SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. and BMO Capital Markets Corp. in $32.7 Million Secondary Offering of Common Stock (September 29, 2009)
WASHINGTON (September 29, 2009) - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces the firm recently represented SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Robert W. Baird & Co. ...

Sutherland Represents RBC Capital Markets, BB&T Capital Markets, Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. and Sterne Agee in $15.6 Million Secondary Offering of Common Stock (August 13, 2009)
WASHINGTON (August 13, 2009) - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces the firm recently represented RBC Capital Markets Corporation; BB&T Capital Markets, a division of Scott & Stringfellow, LLC; ...

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Business Development Companies
  • Capital Markets & Investments
  • Corporate
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0278  Phone
University Attended:
James Madison University, B.A., magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude
Year of First Admission:
2004, New Jersey; 2005, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Member, American Bar Association

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