Rebecca Carpenter graduated cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. While in law school, Rebecca was an articles editor for the prestigious SMU Law Review Association and a teaching assistant for the Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy Program. Also while in law school, she was able to serve the underprivileged Dallas community in the Federal Tax Clinic. Prior to law school, Rebecca graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Prior to joining Vela Wood, Rebecca worked at both a large Texas-based law firm and a boutique Dallas law firm, which focused on representing investment managers.

Rebecca was born and raised in Dallas, where she continues to reside with her husband and two young children. She is active in her East Dallas community and her church. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and being outside whenever possible.

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  • Routinely represents both established and emerging private fund managers in fund
    formation, registration, compliance and corporate matters
  • Represented SEC-registered real estate investment adviser with $5 billion under
    management in the formulation and execution of its compliance program
  • Represented midmarket lenders in transactions aggregating $700 million, involving real
    property, construction, and aircrafts

Fun Facts:

  • Owned and operated a small monogramming business during her tenure as an associate at
    a large law firm
  • An iced latte is her drink of choice even in freezing temperatures
  • She has never broken a bone


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Rebecca Carpenter's Recent Blog Posts
Funding & Capital Raising
The Changing Landscape of Private Fund Investing

Ten years ago, private fund terms were relatively standard. That is no longer the case. Not only have things changed greatly from what we saw a decade ago; but now, there is considerable variety between private funds.

Funding & Capital Raising
Private Fund Related Exemptions – An Overview

In order to launch a private fund, you must ensure that you have qualifying exemptions for both (1) the offering of interests of your private fund entity and (2) the making of investment decisions for compensation on behalf of the private fund.