Adnan Merchant

Adnan Merchant
Managing Partner
MW Law

Adnan is a corporate business and private securities attorney. Since co-founding MW Law in 2017, he has helped facilitate billions in investment transactions for private equity funds, real estate syndications, venture capital, and real estate/investment acquisition deals. Adnan focuses his practice on providing end-to-end legal services for clients by assisting them in structuring private investment funds, upkeeping securities compliance, and managing investment transactions for clients.

Prior to co-founding the firm, Adnan served as in-house general counsel to a family venture office, where he oversaw a diverse portfolio and gained essential practical experience on investment dealings. Passionate about bridging the gap between innovators and accessing capital to jump start their projects, Adnan co-founded FinTech Austin in 2017, which quickly became one of Austin’s largest entrepreneurship organizations. FinTech Austin created an outlet for 3,000+ members to collaborate and connect around significantly high-caliber and influential keynotes speakers.

Adnan received his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law and his B.A. from Austin College, graduating with Cum Laude honors. During his time in law school, he spent summers interning with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of the U.S. Trustee and the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.

In his spare time, Adnan enjoys reading and writing science fiction and historical non-fiction genres, mentoring aspiring lawyers, and embarking on outdoor adventures with his wife and his dog.

How do you legally structure a capital raise for your real estate syndication or private equity fund? How do you remain in compliance with securities laws while doing so? Can you advertise a capital raise, or accept non-accredited investors? These are a few of the many questions Adnan answers daily for his clients. On a typical day at the office, you can catch Adnan nerding out on securities and business law updates as he advises clients, guest stars on podcasts, and writes thought provoking and insightful articles.

Adnan has been named D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the Private Equity space for three consecutive years (2021, 2022, 2023).