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Feb 27, 2023

Apollo names general counsel and future legal chief

Whitney Chatterjee joining asset manager from law firm Sullivan & Cromwell

Whitney Chatterjee will join NYSE-listed Apollo Global Management as general counsel on April 3.

In that role she will be responsible for covering Apollo’s asset management and retirement services businesses. On January 1, 2024, she will become chief legal officer, succeeding John Suydam who has been in the role since he joined the firm in 2006. At that time he will become senior adviser and remain a partner of Apollo.

Before joining Apollo, Suydam was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers where he was head of M&A and co-head of the firm’s corporate department.

Chatterjee is joining Apollo having previously been a partner with Sullivan & Cromwell, where she was a member of the law firm’s financial services groups and head of the investment management practice. She has extensive experience advising investment managers of public and private funds on key legislation such as the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act and the Volcker Rule. Her work has included advising on M&A transactions and the offering and operation of registered and unregistered fund products.

Whitney Chatterjee

$548 BN AUM
Apollo is a global alternative asset manager advising on a variety of financial products ranging from investment grade to private equity. According to the firm, it had roughly $548 bn in assets under management as at December 31, 2022.

Apollo CEO Marc Rowan says in a statement: ‘We are pleased to welcome Whitney to lead our legal team. As an increasingly integrated and multifaceted organization, Apollo will benefit from her experience with a variety of legal, compliance and governance matters around the world.

‘Particularly as we continue to strive for industry-leading corporate governance and corporate citizenship, Whitney will be instrumental in building and strengthening relationships across federal and state governments, fund management firms, insurers, international organizations and other key industry stakeholders.

‘On behalf of the entire Apollo organization, I thank John for his leadership over the past two decades, during which he helped oversee our growth into one of the world’s largest publicly traded asset managers. We look forward to continuing to benefit from his insights and experience as a senior adviser and partner following the transition period when Whitney will assume responsibility for all day-to-day legal efforts across Apollo.’