Hope Newsome, Esq. is co-founder and managing partner of Virtus LLP. Her practice includes providing legal and compliance counsel to entrepreneurs, broker-dealers, investment advisers, private funds and issuers. Hope previously served as general counsel and chief compliance officer of a private equity firm responsible for more than 50 public and private funds with various offering amounts up to $250 million and more than $600 million deployed capital in the areas of real estate, energy, senior housing, hospitality and 1031 exchanges. She also served as chief compliance officer and secretary of two registered investment companies and was responsible for entity-wide corporate governance, due diligence, cybersecurity, disaster recovery and cybersecurity matters. As chief compliance officer of an investment adviser exclusively serving Fortune 500 companies with more than $25 billion of assets under management, she represented the firm in its most critical business transactions. An author and panelist on relevant regulatory topics within the financial services industry, Hope has significant experience providing counsel on the issuance, investment management and distribution of private equity and debt.