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Featured Articles: Private Funds

Private Funds 2016: Discussion

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Who’s Who Legal has brought together Stephanie Breslow of Schulte Roth & Zabel, New York, and Andrew Ostrognai of Debevoise & Plimpton, Hong Kong, to discuss issues facing private funds lawyers today.

Marketing Funds In Europe Post-AIFMD

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Stephen Robinson and Bridget Barker of Macfarlanes take an in-depth look at marketing funds in Europe following the introduction of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.

"While the overall picture is a lot clearer than it was 12 months ago, significant challenges exist for marketing funds in Europe and these will certainly continue for the foreseeable future."

Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Yukako Kawata of Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andreas Rodin of P+P Pöllath + Partners and Iain McMurdo of Maples and Calder to discuss a range of key issues, including the market’s “new state of play”, the growing secondaries field, the current jurisdictions that are popular for domicile and how to ensure client satisfaction.

The Impact of the Cumulative Weight of New Regulation on Private Fund Managers

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Thomas Bell and Jason Glover of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett explore the impact of regulatory changes, notably the European Union’s Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers and the Dodd-Frank Act, on private fund managers.

"Going forward private fund managers will continue to seek solutions to streamline their compliance operations to meet regulatory obligations more efficiently and cost-effectively."

Roundtable: Private Funds 2014

The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers has brought together Fazil Hossenkhan of BLC Chambers, Brian McDermott of A&L Goodbody and Paul Scrivener of Solomon Harris to discuss types and levels of activity, the impact of regulatory changes and the current economic climate on this area, and key trends for the legal market for the year ahead.

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Analysis: Private Funds

Private Funds 2016: Analysis

For the 13th Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds, our listings comprise a total of 475 fund formation specalists and 90 regulatory experts from 175 law firms across 46 countries.

Trends in the Private Funds Legal Market: 2016

Oversubscribed funds and record values have dominated reports of the private funds sphere in the past 24 months. Fundraising activity has maintained a steady growth trajectory following the financial crisis peaking on 31 December 2013 with Apollo’s Investment Fund VIII closing at US$18.4 billion. Ever since, confidence among investors and managers has increased further and recent activity in the market demonstrates that the mega-funds are back, albeit operating in a very different world from that of pre-2008.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

Our new Private Funds publication comprises a total of 459 practitioners from 164 firms in 45 countries who are considered leaders in this field of law.

In this section, we have highlighted seven onshore firms and three offshore firms as leading global players due to the high number of listings they receive. Dechert stands out for its impressive array of leading lawyers across the firm’s offices in the US, Europe and Asia; Kirkland & Ellis, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Proskauer Rose all deliver pre-eminent transatlantic offerings; Sidley Austin is a powerhouse in the US; and King & Wood Mallesons is strongly placed in Europe and Asia. Offshore firms represent a significant market share in our research, with Maples and Calder, Walkers and Mourant Ozannes standing out in particular.

We also select the most highly regarded individuals in the world, including the top five lawyers in New York and London, as well as the five leading offshore practitioners.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

The private funds sector has undergone radical change over the past few years. The decline in market liquidity during the recession and an increasingly strict regulatory environment has created a significant amount of uncertainty among investors and managers. Despite this, the cautious optimism observed in last year’s edition has turned into growth that promises the return of pre-crash figures in some sectors. In addition, the end of the AIFMD transitional period in July 2014 means that the industry can now get some traction, even if observers are still largely unsure how the market will evolve in this new environment.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Private Funds 2014

This year, we identify 397 practitioners from 152 firms and 43 countries who are considered leading lawyers in the field of private funds.

Seven firms stand out in research due to the high volume of practitioners they have recognised in this edition. Maples and Calder is once again the best-performing firm in our research with 14 listings across six different jurisdictions, followed closely behind by Walkers with 13 inclusions. SJ Berwin, newly combined with King & Wood Mallesons, also fields 13 individuals, with its London office being especially well represented with six lawyers garnering recognition. Debevoise & Plimpton and Sidley Austin prove themselves to be key players in the market with 12 listings each. Kirkland & Ellis and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have 10 of their practitioners recognised, with the latter's contingent including three of our most highly regarded individuals.

We also single out the 10 most highly regarded onshore and offshore lawyers in the world.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Private Funds 2014

The private funds sector was undoubtedly a major casualty of the global financial crisis and in the difficult years since it has been unclear if activity would return to the levels seen pre-crisis. The market continues to be “dysfunctional”, as lawyers and general partners adapt their roles to dramatically increased regulation in the sector. Lawyers have found that their advice to clients now requires a higher degree of specialisation, with compliance and regulatory guidance occupying a larger proportion of their practice.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Private Funds 2013

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. The investment and hedge funds powerhouse, Maples and Calder tops the tables with an impressive 15 listings, followed by Debevoise & Plimpton and SJ Berwin LLP with 14 inclusions each.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Private Funds 2013

With the benefit of over 15 years of research and tens of thousands of voted from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at shifts in the legal marketplace and developing trends and activity, worldwide.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Private Funds 2012

With the benefit of over 14 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the private funds legal marketplace worldwide.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Private Funds 2012

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.

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All Firms in Private Funds (Listed Alphabetically)

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DLA Piper LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Lenz & Staehelin

6 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Maples and Calder

17 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Sidley Austin LLP

17 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

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A&L Goodbody

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

AZB & Partners

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Advokatfirman Vinge

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Alessandri

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Allen & Gledhill LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Allen & Overy LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Altius

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Amit Pollak Matalon & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Andulf Advokat AB

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Angélico Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Annunziata & Conso

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Appleby

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Araoz & Rueda

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Arendt & Medernach

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Arthur Cox

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ashurst LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BA-HR (Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DA)

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BLC Chambers

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

BMR & Associates LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BRH Partners LLC

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Baker & McKenzie

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Baum Financial Services Law Team

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bedell Cristin

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Bennett Jones LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Borenius Attorneys Ltd

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Brands Advocaten

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Broseta Abogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Burness Paull LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Bär & Karrer

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

CMS Cameron McKenna

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Campbells

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Carey Olsen

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cepeda Greco & Bandeira de Mello Advogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Clayton Utz

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Clifford Chance LLP

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Conyers Dill & Pearman

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cooley LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Craca Di Carlo Guffanti Pisapia Tatozzi & Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

DSK Legal

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Deacons

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dechert LLP

16 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dillon Eustace

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Dorda Brugger Jordis

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Drew & Napier LLC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Elvinger Hoss & Prussen

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Estudio Beccar Varela

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

FBT Attorneys-at-law

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Fangda Partners

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Foley & Lardner LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

GANADO Advocates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

GSK Stockmann + Kollegen

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Galea Salomone & Associates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Galicia Abogados SC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Georgiades & Pelides

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gerhard Niggli

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gernandt & Danielsson

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ghandchi Schmid Partners AG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Gide Loyrette Nouel

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Goodwin

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Gorrissen Federspiel

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gowling WLG

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gómez Acebo & Pombo SL

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Hamilton Advokatbyrå

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Haynes and Boone LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Hengeler Mueller

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Henry Davis York

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Herbst Kinsky

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Holland & Knight LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Homburger

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Houthoff Buruma

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

J Sagar Associates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Johnson Winter & Slattery

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Jones Day

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

K&L Gates LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kaye Scholer LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Kellerhals Carrard

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kerr & Partners

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Khaitan & Co

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kim & Chang

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

King & Spalding LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

King & Wood Mallesons

14 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

14 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Klein Rechtsanwälte AG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Kuri Breña Sánchez Ugarte y Aznar SC

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Latham & Watkins LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Legance Avvocati Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Levy & Salomão Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Linklaters LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Loyens & Loeff

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Macfarlanes LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Mamo TCV Advocates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Matheson

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

McCann FitzGerald

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes SC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

MinterEllison

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Miranda & Amado Abogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Morrison & Foerster LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Mourant Ozannes

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Nabarro LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Naegeli & Partners

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Naschitz Brandes Amir & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Nishimura & Asahi

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Nishith Desai Associates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Nixon Peabody LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Norton Rose Fulbright

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ogier

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

P+P Pöllath + Partners

6 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Paul Hastings LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Pinheiro Guimarăes - Advogados

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

PricewaterhouseCoopers

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Proskauer Rose LLP

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Rajah & Tann LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Raveh Haber & Co Advocates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Richards Layton & Finger PA

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau SC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Ropes & Gray LLP

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Roschier Attorneys Ltd

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

SPITZ & POULLE

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Sadis & Goldberg LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Schindler Attorneys

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Setterwalls

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Seward & Kissel LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shartsis Friese LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shearman & Sterling LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Simmons & Simmons

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa & Advogados Associados RL

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Solórzano Carvajal González y Pérez-Correa SC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Stikeman Elliott

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Studio Legale Crocenzi e Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Torys LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Travers Smith LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Travers Thorp Alberga

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Vinson & Elkins LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Wakefield Quin

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Walder Wyss Ltd

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Walkers

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Wenger & Vieli AG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

White & Case LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Wiese Lukas

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

William Fry

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

6 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Winston & Strawn LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Wolf Theiss

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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