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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."

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Analysis: Private Funds

Private Funds 2017: Analysis

For the 14th Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds, our listings comprise over 450 fund formation specialists and 70 regulatory experts from over 100 law firms across 23 countries.

Private Funds 2017: Trends

So far, 2016 has seen some huge fund exits and closures, demonstrating that there is still a major appetite for fund investment – and that funds are delivering an increasingly good return on investment. However, continuing uncertainty in economic markets, a focus on cost-saving by funds and an increased emphasis by government on stronger funds regulation are changing the demands being placed on lawyers.

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.

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All Experts in Private Funds (Listed Alphabetically)

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All Firms in Private Funds (Listed Alphabetically)

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Gowling WLG

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Lenz & Staehelin

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Maples and Calder

23 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Sidley Austin LLP

15 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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A&L Goodbody

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

AZB & Partners

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Al Tamimi & Company

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Allen & Gledhill LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Allen & Overy LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Amit Pollak Matalon & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Andulf Advokat AB

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Angélico Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Annunziata & Conso

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Appleby

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Araoz & Rueda

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Arendt & Medernach

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Arthur Cox

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ashurst LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

BLC Chambers

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BMR & Associates LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BRH Partners LLC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Baker & McKenzie

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Baum Financial Services Law Team

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Baumgarten Byström Rooth & Tallavaara Advokater

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

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Brodies LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Broseta Abogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Burness Paull LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Bär & Karrer

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

CMS

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

CMS Hasche Sigle

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Campbells

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Carey Olsen

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cepeda Greco & Bandeira de Mello Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Chiomenti Studio Legale

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Clifford Chance Pte Ltd

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Collas Crill

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Conyers Dill & Pearman

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cooley LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Covington & Burling LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Craca Di Carlo Guffanti Pisapia Tatozzi & Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

DLA Piper 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

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dechert LLP

16 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dillon Eustace

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dorda Brugger Jordis

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Elvinger Hoss Prussen

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

FBT Attorneys-at-law

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Freitas e Leite Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

GSK Stockmann + Kollegen

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Galea Salomone & Associates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Ganado Advocates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Gerhard Niggli

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gernandt & Danielsson

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Ghandchi Schmid Partners AG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Gide Loyrette Nouel

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Goodwin

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Hadef & Partners

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Harney Westwood & Riegels

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Haynes and Boone LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Hengeler Mueller

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Herbst Kinsky

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Holland & Knight LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Homburger

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Houthoff Buruma

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Howard Kennedy LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

IC Legal

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Independent Legal Consultant

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Jones Day

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

K&L Gates LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Kaye Scholer LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Kellerhals Carrard

2 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

13 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

26 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Klein Rechtsanwälte AG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

LK Shields, Solicitors

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Latham & Watkins LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Lee & Ko

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Legance Avvocati Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Levy & Salomão Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Linklaters LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Loyens & Loeff

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Macfarlanes LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Mamo TCV Advocates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Matheson

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

McCann FitzGerald

2 Private Funds Lawyers 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

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Morrison & Foerster LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Mourant Ozannes

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Naegeli & Partners

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Naschitz Brandes Amir & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

NautaDutilh NV

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Nishimura & Asahi

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Nishith Desai Associates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Nixon Peabody LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Norton Rose Fulbright

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ogier

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Orange Clover Law

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

3 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

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Pinheiro Guimarăes - Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Proskauer Rose

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Rajah & Tann LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Raveh Haber & Co Advocates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau SC

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Rolim De Mello Sociedade De Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Ropes & Gray LLP

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

SPITZ & POULLE

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

3 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

Shartsis Friese LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shearman & Sterling LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Simmons & Simmons

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

15 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Solomon Harris

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

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Stikeman Elliott

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Studio Legale Crocenzi e Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Timothy Loh Solicitors

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Torys LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

TozziniFreire Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Travers Smith LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Travers Thorp Alberga

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Van Campen Liem

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Veirano Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Vinson & Elkins LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

WEITNAUER Rechtsanwälte

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Wakefield Quin

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Walder Wyss Ltd.

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Walkers

16 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Wenger & Vieli AG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

White & Case SA

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

William Fry

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Winston & Strawn LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Wolf Theiss

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

WongPartnership LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Yigal Arnon & Co

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Zancan Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

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