Legal 500 Funds London

„I find the team helpful, engaged and knowledgeable on topics related to our industry. I was pleased with the ability to meet timelines and staff for transactions, even at a time that is clearly unique for service providers in general (and law firms in particular) in terms of business volume. I also enjoy the pleasant and detailed interactions with Cooley`s back-office teams. „Abigail Bell is exceptional in her knowledge and expertise and is at our disposal. His business knowledge of the hedge fund, fund and co-investment industry as well as new areas such as blockchain is excellent. He provides us as needed and keeps us informed of legal and regulatory changes/developments. This ensures that we are talking to the right counterparts to make sure that projects are working. Farrer & Co specialises in advising on FCA-approved fund structures, from OEIC to master-feeder structures. The firm also advises clients on unique fund structures, including charitable and religious funds, as well as funds for tax-exempt investors. Grania Baird, Practice Leader, has over two decades of experience assisting asset and fund managers with new products and regulations, with a particular focus on FCA-regulated funds. Andy Peterkin represents private funds and advises on alternative capital raising structures.

Jessica Reed advises asset managers on the formation of UCITS, NIS and ESG funds. „Kirkland & Ellis` private funds practice has unparalleled experience in fund formation, structuring, taxation and operations. Years ago, the firm`s lawyers were responsible for developing many legal and precedent foundations that have allowed the private equity sector to grow to its current size and scope. No other company has played such an important role in this area. This know-how has been based for decades and still shapes the practice today. At Sidley Austin LLP, the hedge fund practice is integrated into the firm`s global offering, with the London office hosting the European practice group and frequently collaborating with colleagues in the U.S. and Asia. The team has experience in a range of fund strategies including loans, fixed income, managed futures, event equities and is increasingly actively focusing on cryptocurrency-related funds.

James Oussedik, head of the mutual fund practice, takes the lead with a specialization in fund formation and a focus on credit funds, although he is also active in a number of traditional hedge fund strategies. Stephen Ross is the name of asset management instructions, with a hedge fund practice in the biotechnology, healthcare and protein sectors. Leonard Ng stands out for his regulatory expertise, particularly in ESG and crypto assets. „In my opinion, the Greenberg Traurig team fulfills much more than the usual legal advisory role. They are a great sounding board when it comes to market position on a variety of trade terms and agreements. The whole team acts as an extension of our internal team and I feel a real desire to carry out the transaction. „They explained all the legal documents and requirements in terms understandable to people with non-legal backgrounds. Goodwin`s real estate fund team is co-led by its „exceptional partner“ Justin Cornelius and „simply exceptional“ Samantha Lake Coghlan and is recognized for its expertise in real estate fund themes affecting the market and industry. The team regularly collaborates with its Luxembourg office on cross-border issues, with its recent work also attracting significant demand from a wide range of investors from Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East.

The broad range of asset classes covered by the fund team includes offices, retail, housing, multi-family, industrial, hotel, senior and assisted housing, student housing, logistics and infrastructure, and also represents a wide range of investor types, including public pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, foundations, family offices and private banks. David Evans, partner, has particular expertise in handling complex tax and real estate matters for UK and pan-European funds. Baker McKenzie stands out for his strong following among SWF`s clients and also represents development banks, institutional investors and fund managers in various private fund matters. Another differentiating factor of the practice is the global nature of its workload, which covers activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and East Asia. The team is independent of the sector and increasingly active in climate-related impact funds. James Burdett leads the team. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP`s „exceptionally strong“ private fund team provides „commercial and insightful“ advice to established and entry-level fund managers. The team has extensive expertise in this area and is recognized for its work on loan and secondary funds, as well as private equity, infrastructure and real estate funds.

The practice is particularly notable for her work in emerging markets, where she works for a number of managers in setting up Africa-focused funds. Practice Manager Geoffrey Kittredge is recognized as the „Dean of the Private Funds Industry“ and has extensive expertise in fund structures and asset classes. Matthew Dickman also has a diverse practice, with a particular focus on technology and venture capital, drawing on his experience in San Francisco. An „extremely versatile“ partner, John Rife is known for his experience in managing primary fundraisers and secondary transactions. Co-led by Quinn Moss, based in New York, and Dolph Hellman, based in San Francisco, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is known for its ability to „think outside the box and get into the realm of unintended consequences.“ The firm continues to leverage its underlying strengths in the financial, technology, energy and infrastructure market to grow and expand its fund business. Investors and sponsors linked to these areas are particularly quick to instruct the Group. The team is also known for its focus on impact finance work; One client in this area notes that „the depth of experience working with social impact managers and the willingness to consider the unique issues they face is an important positive differentiator.“ .