Jeff Hayes

Deputy General Counsel

Jeff joined Seidler Equity Partners in 2022. He is involved in a variety of legal matters, including: coordinating the work of outside counsel on investments, exits and fund formation; assisting with due diligence inquiries; representing portfolio companies on acquisitions, divestitures, refinancings, equity holder matters, corporate governance, business agreements, disputes and employee matters; and advising on regulatory compliance.

Prior Experience

Jeff began his legal career as a clerk to the Hon. Sandra Ikuta of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Jeff transitioned to private practice at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he was an associate in the corporate group. Later, he became a partner at Payne & Fears, LLP, where his practice focused on commercial litigation. Prior to joining SEP, Jeff was senior vice president and associate general counsel at Pathway Capital Management, LP, a global private equity asset manager.


Jeff graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and was named the department valedictorian. He later earned a law degree from Stanford Law School, where he graduated with distinction, served on the Stanford Law Review, and received the Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Prize. Jeff is also a CFA charterholder.

Outside of Work

In his spare time, Jeff likes to exercise, ski, travel, and follow politics. Jeff and his wife have three children, two boys and one girl.