Arinze N. Onugha is a senior associate in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester. He represents institutional investors, including regulated funds of funds, family offices and pension plans, making alternative investments in domestic and offshore special situations, growth, buy-out, venture capital, real estate and other private investment funds and co investments. He also represents fund sponsors in the organization, structuring and operation of their private funds.  In addition, he assists institutional investors with secondary transactions to purchase or sell portfolios of private fund interests.

 Arinze is a Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence Award recipient and has been recognized by the Jackie Robinson Foundation as one of its "42 under 40" Distinguished Jackie Robinson Scholar Alumni. Arinze currently serves as a board member of the NYU Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors, co-chairing its External Affairs Committee, and in 2019 he was elected Chairman of the Board of DIFFvelopment, Inc.

Representative Client Work

  • Represented fund sponsor in the formation of a +$300 million “club fund” formed for the purpose of investing in farmland and farmland related assets
  • Regularly represents institutional investors and family offices in numerous primary investments in mid- to mega-sized buyout, venture capital and real estate funds with aggregate capital commitments ranging from $200 million to over $20 billion
  • Represented a Cayman Islands fund of funds in the acquisition of a large portfolio of fund limited partnership interests, representing capital commitments totaling over $850 million
  • Represented a start-up fund sponsor in the structuring and offering of a single-asset real estate fund seeking to raise $7.5 million

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey


  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

Community Engagement

  • Chair, Board of Directors, DIFFvelopment, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, New York University Law School Alumni Association 

Awards & Honors

  • "42 under 40" Distinguished Jackie Robinson Scholar Alumni, Jackie Robinson Foundation
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program (2018) 
  • Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence Award

Seminars & Presentations


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