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Featured Articles: Private Funds

Marketing Funds In Europe Post-AIFMD

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

Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal has brought together three of the leading practitioners in the world to discuss key issues facing lawyers today.

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.

Adaption and Agility Alive and Well in Offshore Investment Funds Realm

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With the investment funds world now coming to grips with the prospect of greater regulations, more challenging fundraising and increased investor scrutiny, Iain McMurdo and David Marshall of Maples and Calder take a look at recent trends and developments in the offshore investment funds sphere as exemplified by the Cayman Islands; and take stock of certain legislative developments due to be passed into law.

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Analysis: Private Funds

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.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. This year, our listings comprise a total of 459 practitioners from 164 firms in 45 countries who are considered leaders in this field of law, following votes from clients, in-house counsel and peers.

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.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Private Funds 2011

Emma Notfors - Who's Who Legal

Who’s Who Legal interviewed hundreds of lawyers active in this practice area during the research for this publication and the vast majority were in agreement over the continuing harsh climate for the funds industry.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Private Funds 2011

Over the course of our independent research, we have identified 328 leading private funds lawyers in 38 countries. The most highly regarded individuals and firms are outlined here and recent high-profile moves within the community are also shown.

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All Lawyers in Private Funds (Listed Alphabetically)

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All Firms in Private Funds (Listed Alphabetically)

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A&L Goodbody

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

AZB & Partners

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Advokatfirman Vinge

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

AfricInvest

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Akol Avukatlik Burosu

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Alessandri

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Allen & Gledhill LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Allen & Overy LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co

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

Appleby

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Arendt & Medernach

6 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Arthur Cox

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ashurst LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

BA-HR (Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DA)

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BLC Chambers

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BMR Advisors - Taxand

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Baker & McKenzie

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bar & Karrer

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Baum Financial Services Law Team

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bedell Cristin

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Binder Grosswang Rechtsanwalte

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bingham McCutchen LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Broseta Abogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Budin & Partners

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Burness Paull LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

CMS Cameron McKenna

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Cains Advocates Limited

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Carey Olsen

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cepeda Greco & Bandeira de Mello Advogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Clifford Chance LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Conyers Dill & Pearman

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cooley LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Creel Garcia-Cuellar Aiza Y Enriquez SC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

DLA Phillips Fox

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

DLA Piper LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

DSK Legal

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers 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

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dechert LLP

16 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dillon Eustace

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Dorda Brugger Jordis

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Drew & Napier LLC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Dubinski Fabrycki Jelenski i Wspolnicy

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Elvinger Hoss & Prussen

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

FBT Attorneys-at-law

2 Private Funds Lawyers 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

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

GANADO Advocates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

GORG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwalten

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

GSK Stockmann + Kollegen

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gerhard Niggli

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyra

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

Gomez-Acebo & Pombo

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Goodwin Procter LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Gorrissen Federspiel

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Harney Westwood & Riegels

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Haynes and Boone LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Hengeler Mueller

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Henry Davis York

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Homburger

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Houthoff Buruma

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Jones Day

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

K&L Gates LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kaye Scholer LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kellerhals Attorneys at Law

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Khaitan & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Kim & Chang

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

King & Wood Mallesons

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

13 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kleinberg Kaplan Wolff & Cohen PC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Krogerus

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Latham & Watkins LLP

6 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Law firm CLP DA

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Lefosse Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Lenz & Staehelin

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Levy & Salomao Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Linklaters LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Loyens & Loeff

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Luthra & Luthra

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

M & M Bomchil

1 Private Funds Lawyer 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

Maples and Calder

15 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Matheson

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

McCann FitzGerald

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

McCarthy Tetrault 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

Minter Ellison Lawyers

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Miranda & Amado Abogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

3 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

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Naegeli & Partners

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Naschitz Brandes Amir & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Nishimura & Asahi

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Nishith Desai Associates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Nixon Peabody LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Norton Rose Fulbright

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ogier

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

P+P Pöllath + Partners

6 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Paksoy

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Paul Hastings LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Pekin & Bayar Law Firm

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Pestalozzi

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Pinheiro Guimarăes - Advogados

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Proskauer Rose LLP

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Python & Peter

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Rajah & Tann LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Raveh Haber & Co Advocates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Rebaza Alcàzar & De Las Casas Abogados Financieros

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Richards Layton & Finger PA

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ropes & Gray LLP

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Sadis & Goldberg LLC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Sari & Kilic Attorneys-at-Law

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Seward & Kissel LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shartsis Friese LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shearman & Sterling LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Sidley Austin LLP

13 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

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

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Travers Smith LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Travers Thorp Alberga

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Vinson & Elkins LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Walder Wyss Ltd

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Walkers

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Webber Wentzel

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

White & Case LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

William Fry

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Winston & Strawn LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

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