Sidley Austin recently hosted its annual private funds event in New York City. This article is the first in a two-part series covering that event. This article highlights the most useful points made during a discussion entitled “Hedge Fund Terms and Trends,” featuring Sidley partners Benson R. Cohen, Janelle Ibeling, William D. Kerr and Christopher P. Lokken. The partners addressed registered funds; challenges presented by single investor or single relationship hedge funds; use of and resistance by managers to risk aggregators; seed deal terms and trends; structures for aligning fund liquidity with investment duration; expense allocations; developments in fund structuring; and the impact of the Volcker Rule on hedge fund investments by bank aggregator platforms. The discussion also provided a uniquely candid and relevant discussion of evolving fee structures and models for hedge funds and other entities used to offer alternative investment strategies. Sidley sees and structures hedge funds and related vehicles across a wide range of strategies, sizes and geographies. Accordingly, insight from Sidley partners on fees is generally relevant to hedge fund managers launching new products or justifying or amending fee structures on existing products. Hedge Fund Law Report previously covered Sidley’s 2013 private funds conference in three parts. See Part One, Part Two and Part Three.