Private Funds 2018: Analysis

For the 15th Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds, our listings comprise more than 500 fund formation specialists and 100 regulatory experts from over 150 law firms across 34 countries.



Thought Leaders
1. Mark Mifsud Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, London
2. Alan Soppitt Burness Paull, Edinburgh
3. Nigel van Zyl Proskauer Rose, London
4. Jason Glover Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, London
5. Sally Gibson Debevoise & Plimpton - London
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

CMS is a well-recognised name in the market and boast seven lawyers across Europe.
Colin Lawrie in Edinburgh is a “highly capable funds lawyer” with a depth of expertise in the establishment and financing of funds, particularly in relation to private equity and real estate.
Jérôme Sutour in Neuilly-sur-Seine is a leading name in funds in France, with a flawless knowledge of the financial space.
Darren Stolzenberg in London advises on fund establishments in the UK and on a global scale where he is known by peers as one of the foremost practitioners.
Tillman Kempf in Frankfurt is an expert in cross-border funds structuring and receives high praise for his abilities in tax matters relating to investments.

GOODWIN achieves seven listings in this year’s chapter.
Ed Hall is “an exceptional funds lawyer” who focuses on mid-market and high-end private equity fund formation.
Samantha Lake Coghlan is a highly respected lawyer in the space who wins praise for her expertise in real estate fund formation, structuring and restructuring.
Arnaud David stands out in the space in fund formation, handling a wide range of funds in sectors including infrastructure and real estate.
Michael Halford is a specialist in private equity, infrastructure and real estate funds where he is esteemed for his dynamism and commercial acumen.

DECHERT performs well this year, with six formation lawyers listed in both London and Frankfurt.
Gus Black is one of the leading figures in the funds arena. He is recognised for his expertise in formation and investment structures and “knows his space inside and out”.
The “very well-known” Peter Astleford has over 25 years’ experience in the space and is recommended as a go-to funds lawyer.
Stuart Martin is a leader in the funds space and advises asset managers and funds on the establishment and structuring of institutional funds including hedge funds.
Johan Terblanche receives plaudits as a powerhouse in the field and has “a great reputation in real estate funds”.
The “well-respected” Patrick Goebel advises on UCITS and private equity funds where his advice is highly sought after.

Six leading lawyers are recognised at SIMMONS & SIMMONS.
The “very well-known” Dale Gabbert is one of the foremost practitioners in fund formation with a depth of expertise in private equity, hedge and real estate funds.
Iain Cullen leads the way on start-up hedge fund structuring and advises managers on formation of large-scale funds.
Richard Perry is a superb lawyer with an exceptional and comprehensive knowledge of funds.

Magic Circle law firm CLIFFORD CHANCE achieves five listings.
Nigel Hatfield receives plaudits for his expertise in fund formation and structuring and is recognised by competitors as being at the top of the field.
Gerard Saviola has a global funds practice and is well regarded by peers and clients across Europe, particularly for his work in emerging markets.

AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD sees five of its lawyers listed.
Christopher Gorman-Evans is a great strategist when it comes to fund management who peers have “a lot of time for” for his work in the area.
Ian Meade has a superb reputation for his work in this area, advising clients on the formation and structuring of funds and managing existing funds.
Thiha Tun draws high praise for his expertise in alternative asset funds, funds formation and capital raising where he is regarded as a dynamic presence.

Funds powerhouse MAPLES AND CALDER sees five lawyers listed.
Paul Govier receives plaudits from peers for his funds work and his ability to provide tailored and effective solutions for his clients.
Nick Evans’ expertise lies in infrastructure and real estate funds where he is one of the market leaders.
Heidi de Vries is a hedge fund and private equity specialist who is highly sought after by clients for her superb counsel.

At P+P PÖLLATH + PARTNERS in Germany five lawyers are recommended as leading lights.
Uwe Bärenz is one of the most highly renowned figures in the German market and receives praise for his expertise across a wide array of investor-specific funds.
Tarek Mardini is a venture capital expert with an esteemed reputation in the European funds market.
Andreas Rodin leads the field in fund structuring and alternative investments; his expertise is second to none.

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON achieves four listings.
The “highly rated” Sally Gibson is sought after for her counsel on fund formation. She has experience advising some of Europe’s largest funds in several industry sectors including real estate and infrastructure.
Geoffrey Kittredge is “very active” in the industry and is noted as a go-to practitioner for any funds formation work.

KIRKLAND & ELLIS achieves four listings.
Christopher Braunack leads the field in funds formation and structuring and has significant experience in alternative investment vehicles.
Richard Watkins is an authority on fund structuring, secondaries, spin-outs and private equity house mergers.

Three practitioners are recognised at Magic Circle firm LINKLATERS.
The highly respected Jonathan de Lance-Holmes is one of the industry’s foremost figures in fund formation and management and is responsible for some leading transactions in the area.

LENZ & STAEHELIN is highly respected for its funds expertise and achieves three listings in Geneva.
Shelby du Pasquier draws high praise for his leading financial services practice and is recognised as “a top tier lawyer, without any doubt”.

SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT is extolled for its leading funds practice. Three lawyers are listed here.
Jason Glover “really is number one in the market”, says one impressed source. He is renowned for his “leading practice” and his “excellent reputation in mega-fund work”.

BURNESS PAULL in Edinburgh achieves two listings.
Alan Soppitt is one of Scotland’s most eminent funds lawyers. He has “an excellent reputation in the market” with one client saying, “I was impressed by his reactivity and creativity in finding practical, hands-on solutions.”
Paula Kennedy is a specialist in fund formation and operation and has expertise across a wide range of Scottish fund structures.

FRIED FRANK HARRIS SHRIVER & JACOBSON sees two leading funds lawyers listed.
Mark Mifsud is “the main guy in funds”, say commentators. He is esteemed for his leading counsel in fund management and his depth of expertise across the space.
Kate Downey frequently advises sponsors and institutions on funds management across a range of asset classes and is “a very good up-and-coming name”.

Leading outfit PROSKAUER ROSE achieves two listings in its London office.
Nigel van Zyl receives high praise as a leading figure in the field with one of the best funds practices in Europe.
Kate Simpson is a formation specialist with a dynamism in funds structuring that is hard to come by.


Thought Leaders
1. Stephanie Breslow Schulte Roth & Zabel, New York
2. Udi Grofman Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, New York
3. Marco Masotti Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, New York
4. Thomas Bell Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York
5. Philip Harris Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York

KIRKLAND & ELLIS is the pre-eminent firm in our US listings with 15 lawyers.
Daniel Lavon-Krein is one of the foremost figures in the space acting on the formation of multibillion-dollar funds.
John O'Neil is recognised as “a big name in private equity space” and draws high praise for his abilities advising on global private equity funds.
Andrew  Wright is a top-tier fund formation lawyer with a leading knowledge of the space and how to structure and manage investment funds.
Karin Orsic is a market authority on fund structuring and management issues and is respected for her ability to get to the crux of the issues.
Sean Hill represents funds managers and frequently advises on formation and structuring issues where his counsel is highly sought after.
Robert Sutton is a dynamic and creative lawyer when it comes to hedge funds, private equity funds and hybrid funds.
Edward Schneidman has a depth of expertise in the funds space and has gained a reputation as a leading expert on formation of capital.

SIDLEY AUSTIN is a major player in the US market and achieves 13 listings.
David Sawyier is a go-to adviser on hedge funds. One source says, “He is a uniquely gifted lawyer, arguably the best known name in the US market.”
Michael Schmidtberger leads the field in hedge funds, fund of funds and commodity pools and is well known in the New York market.
William Kerr advises on US and offshore hedge funds, private equity and industry-related funds where he is “a big name in the market”.
Timothy  Clark has a depth of expertise advising private equity fund managers on formation and management activities and receives high praise for his creative solutions.
Bradley Howard is a market authority on alternative asset management and a dean of the bar when it comes to hedge funds.
James Biery is a leading name in funds management and considered by his peers to be one of the best in the US.
Joshua Rovine receives plaudits for his hedge and private equity fund expertise, with his formation and structuring skills particularly admired.

PROSKAUER ROSE sees 10 lawyers recommended for their expertise in the field.
Robert Leonard is a leading figure in hedge funds and is highly reputed for his long-standing experience and knowledge of the field.
Christopher Wells is “one of the biggest names in the field”, according to interviewees. He brings over three decades of experience to his stellar practice.
Howard Beber receives accolades from peers as a consummate funds lawyer and an “industry expert”.
Robin Painter is well known in the market for her leading counsel on funds formation, with particular expertise in private equity and venture capital.
David Tegeler leads the field in fund formation, secondary transactions and fund restructurings. He frequently advises on financing for multibillion-dollar funds.

Nine leading practitioners at ROPES & GRAY are recognised.
Amanda Persaud is one of the foremost names in the US market when it comes to fund formation, fund raising and management.
Laurel FitzPatrick receives high praise for her hedge funds practice where she frequently advises on formation and the most effective structures for clients.
Sarah Davidoff advises some of the world’s leading alternative asset managers and is highly esteemed for her excellent counsel and her strategic thinking.
The highly respected Raj Marphatia is a leader in the funds space with expertise across the whole gamut of private investment vehicles.

SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT achieves nine listings.
Thomas Bell is one of the most distinguished funds lawyers in the US; he is sought after for his highly informed approach to clients’ issues relating to traditional and alternative asset funds.
Michael Wolitzer has a leading reputation in private funds and is highly knowledgeable on alternative asset management matters.
Olga Gutman has an academic knowledge of fund formation and management which she twins with a high level of commercial understanding. She is praised by peers as “very good indeed and well known in the space”.
Glenn Sarno handles alternative asset management for clients, particularly private investment funds. Sources say: "I see a fair bit of Glenn on the other side of transactions. What a professional."

Seven practitioners are recognised at leading firm AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD.
Stephen Vine is an eminent figure in funds management with a robust practice and over four decades of experience.
Stuart Leblang has expertise advising managers on international fund formation and management and is highly respected for his decades of experience.
Kelli Moll leads the space in private equity and hedge funds where she is a top-notch practitioner and a respected figure.
Private equity guru Mark Barth handles structuring, restructuring and management of funds for US and international clients.

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON, one of the leading US funds firms, sees seven lawyers listed.
Michael Harrell is a “senior figure in the funds space” with a leading knowledge of private equity fund formation.
Rebecca Silberstein has vast experience in multibillion-dollar fund formation and is praised for her skills and superb counsel.
Erica Berthou receives plaudits for the quality of her advice to fund sponsors of numerous vehicles, including funds of funds and industry-specific funds.
Jonathan Adler specialises in advising fund sponsors on buyouts, growth capital and energy, infrastructure and credit funds, and is regarded as one of the best in the business.

Six eminent practitioners from leading hedge fund firm SCHULTE ROTH & ZABEL are recognised.
Stephanie Breslow is one of the foremost funds lawyers in the US and globally. Her expertise is uniquely comprehensive and she is recognised as “one of the biggest names in the US” and “the standout practitioner in funds”.
David Nissenbaum provides invaluable advice to institutional and entrepreneurial funds managers on formation and management.
Steven Fredman has a global reach and expertise when it comes to fund formation and management, including both onshore and offshore funds.

GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER achieves five listings this year.
The outstanding Shukie Grossman is a well-known figure in the market who draws praise for his expertise in formation and the sale of stakes in fund sponsors.
Edward Sopher handles private equity funds, funds of funds and hedge funds where he is recognised as a big name in the US market.
Edward Nelson represents a significant array of private funds and is highly reputed for his sterling record in the industry.

SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM sees five leading lights recommended.
Philip Harris is “a real go-to attorney” for investment management and is praised for the superb work he does for his clients.
Heather Cruz is an esteemed figure in fund formation and management and advises on a broad range of issues both national and global.

Five practitioners are recognised at PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON.
The esteemed Udi Grofman focuses on private equity and hedge fund formation and management. According to market sources, Grofman remains in the vanguard of US funds lawyers.
Marco Masotti is an alternative asset management powerhouse who is frequently called upon for his expertise.
Amran Hussein has significant experience and is highly respected for her representation of a wide range of private investment funds.

DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL achieves three listings.
Yukako Kawata is recognised as “a luminary in the industry” and is well-known for her expertise in the formation of numerous types of investment funds.
Leor Landa is an excellent source of counsel for clients looking to form and manage both private equity, hedge and credit funds.
Nora Jordan’s expertise in collective investment vehicles is second to none; she receives praise from peers for her knowledge of the funds space.


Thought Leaders
1. Arnold Tan Rajah & Tann, Singapore
2. Iain McMurdo Maples and Calder, Grand Cayman
3. Ingrid Pierce Walkers, Grand Cayman
4. Andrew Ostrognai Debevoise & Plimpton, Hong Kong
5. Adam Furber Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Hong Kong

Leading global funds outfit MAPLES AND CALDER achieves 16 listings in its offshore offices.
Iain McMurdo has extensive expertise advising hedge and private equity fund managers on the gamut of legal issues. He is recommended as “excellent, very prominent on the scene and the main guy in the Cayman Islands”.
Jon Fowler is “definitely a leader” in private equity and hedge fund formation and is recognised for his expertise of structuring matters.
The “super-bright and highly responsive” Peter Stapleton is highly sought after for his expertise on formation matters across a range of funds.
Anthony Webster is a leading figure in private equity matters in Asia and frequently represents fund sponsors across the region.
Jonathan Green has a wide-ranging expertise on fund formation and is “definitely one of the top players in the market”.
The “excellent” Jo Cunningham is an expert in the formation of offshore investment funds and receives praise for her longstanding experience.
Sharon Yap in Hong Kong is one of the region’s leading names on fund formation and management for both boutique and high-end funds.

Funds powerhouse MOURANT OZANNES sees 13 lawyers recommended.
Tim Morgan is one of Jersey’s foremost fund formation practitioners and receives high praise for his longstanding experience working in multiple jurisdictions.
Hayden Isbister is a “standout” funds lawyer who is frequently sought for his leading counsel. He is recognised as a strong formation and management lawyer who “really knows what he’s doing”.
Alex Last is a private equity expert and advises leading private funds on formation and establishment of investment vehicles.
Neal Lomax is well known for his corporate knowledge, particularly in relation to the establishment and restructuring of private equity and hedge funds in the Cayman Islands.
Jacqueline Richomme leads the field in private equity and property funds where she is highly respected.
Darren Bacon comes highly recommended for his expertise in the field and his depth of knowledge in funds formation.

At top offshore firm WALKERS, nine leading lights are listed this year.
Ingrid Pierce receives plaudits as “a very well-known name” who understands the Cayman market and can look at matters from a global perspective.
Thomas Granger is a force in hedge and private equity funds in Singapore and Japan and is known as a leader in the region.
Laura Rogers comes recommended as a highly accomplished funds formation, restructuring and liquidation lawyer who is “very active in investment funds space”.
Denise Wong is a leader in funds formation and is well liked and well respected by her peers for her excellent record in the space.
Rolf Lindsay specialises in private equity funds and is recognised as “very well respected; at the top of the field”.

CAREY OLSEN achieves eight listings.
Tom Carey advises on private equity fund formation and restructurings and is known for his depth and breadth of expertise in investment vehicles.
Ben Morgan leads the field on alternative investment funds including hedge funds and is a highly respected figure in the market.
Graham Hall has over 25 years’ experience and is highly sought after for his knowledge of fund formation.
The “excellent” James Mulholland acts on large-scale fund structuring and restructurings and is esteemed as a leading legal mind.

Seven esteemed figures are recognised at CONYERS DILL & PEARMAN.
Stephen Scali is one of Mauritius’s most highly respected funds lawyers; he regularly handles fund formations for leading investment firms.
Martin Lane is a leader in the space and is highly sought after thanks to his decades of expertise.
Craig Fulton is a seasoned practitioner in the funds space and advises investment managers and service providers on matters of formation.

Leading Luxembourgish firm ARENDT & MEDERNACH sees six of its lawyers recommended.
Yves Lacroix is a star of the Luxembourg funds market. One peer says, “He can deliver; he has excellent negotiation skills, good commercial knowledge and is results-oriented.”
The “well-reputed” Claude Kremer is an “elder statesman” of the funds industry. He receives plaudits for his “outstanding knowledge of fund formation”.
The “excellent” Gilles Dusemon is another superb name at the firm in private equity funds, where he is “the top guy”, according to one source

OGIER sees six practitioners listed across its offshore offices.
Nick Rogers is recommended by his peers as “an excellent lawyer” and is lauded for his expertise advising hedge fund managers on formation matters.
Emily Haithwaite is a highly experienced funds practitioner who can provide leading counsel to investment funds and financial entities.
Giorgio Subiotto is a revered presence in the Latin American space where his funds knowledge is impeccable.

DEACONS achieves five recommendations in Hong Kong.
Rory Gallaher
is recognised for his three decades of service in the private funds space and is one of its most esteemed figures in the market.
“High-profile name” Jeremy Lam is well known in the space and “does a great amount of Hong Kong-based private funds”.
Taylor Hui is a leading figure in the Chinese funds space and frequently advises on the formation of offshore funds including retail funds.

ELVINGER HOSS PRUSSEN sees four lawyers recommended.
Jacques Elvinger is “highly reputed across the board” for his commercial acumen and his abilities advising on pension fund management and general fund formation.
Jérôme Wigny draws high praise from various sources and is recognised as “a key player in the Luxembourg market with an outstanding knowledge” of the area.

DILLON EUSTACE sees three individuals listed.
Donnacha O'Connor is highly reputed in the hedge funds space and in the Irish market for his excellent work.
Brian Kelliher is a MiFID expert and is well known for his fund formation skills.
The “highly respected” Andrew Bates leads the field in investment funds and is recognised for his leading expertise on formation and management.

Three leading figures at HARNEY WESTWOOD & RIEGELS are recognised.
Philip Graham is a highly sought-after lawyer in the funds formation and management space and draws praise for his expertise in investment fund vehicles.
Ian Gobin comes recommended by clients as a guru who is easy to work with and receptive to clients’ needs.
Oliver Bell is recognised for his high-quality counsel on pre-formation strategy and organisational matters.

MATHESON achieves three listings this year.
Michael Jackson advises some of the world’s leading funds on formation matters and asset management; he is continuously recommended as one of the best in the space.
The “esteemed” Tara Doyle is a powerhouse in the Irish market and has expertise in advising on fund formation in Europe and internationally.
Dualta Counihan advises both domestic and international clients on fund formation where he receives high praise from his peers.

At TRAVERS THORP ALBERGA three practitioners are recognised.
Richard Mansi is regularly called upon to advise high-end clients on hedge and private equity fund formation and is one of Grand Cayman’s leading figures.
Richard Thorp is sought after for his Cayman Islands and BVI knowledge and is a go-to lawyer for fund formation, where he has over 16 years of experience.
Silva Seferian Jacotine is recognised for her international expertise in the funds space and her ability to advise managers of both large and boutique funds on formation matters.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.

Two highly regarded names from LINKLATERS are listed.
Alfred Brausch is praised as one of Luxembourg’s most experienced funds lawyers with a strong track record in high-value mandates.
Hermann Beythan has vast expertise in funds formation and is known for his commercial outlook and market knowledge.

Two practitioners at LOYENS & LOEFF are recognised.
“Top performer” Marc Meyers is an expert handler of alternative investment structures and debt funds and is highly regarded in the market.
Thibaut Partsch has a depth of expertise advising on private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds and is recognised for his flawless knowledge of fund management.

Joelle Hauser of CLIFFORD CHANCE is one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable fund lawyers in Luxembourg, especially in the alternative investment funds area.

At SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT in Hong Kong, Adam Furber is an "outstanding" practitioner who "is very thorough and always goes the extra mile". Sources also praise him for "thinking outside the box" in his "well-considered responses".

Andrew Ostrognai of DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON’s Hong Kong office is listed as a Thought Leader this year, with sources stating he is “at the top of the field”. He has exceptional knowledge on issues surrounding multi-jurisdictional buyout funds.

Arnold Tan of RAJAH & TANN SINGAPORE is highlighted as "the father figure of the industry in Singapore" by impressed peers, who describe him as a "go-to guy for investment funds" and "a genuinely clever lawyer who has seen it all".



Thought Leaders
1. Tamasin Little Reed Smith, London
2. Leonard Ng Sidley Austin, London
3. Lisa Cawley Kirkland & Ellis, London

TRAVERS SMITH, considered one of the leading funds regulatory outfits in the region, sees five regulatory lawyers listed.
Phil Bartram is one of London’s most well-respected funds regulatory lawyers. One source says, “He is very good at delivering on target and has an impressive client list.”
The “extremely experienced” Jane Tuckley is one of the foremost names in funds regulation. One of her peers says of her, “I admire her greatly.”
Tim Lewis advises financial services institutions and investment managers and is renowned throughout the industry as a leading name.

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON boasts significant funds regulatory expertise and is represented by two leading lawyers.
Patricia Volhard is a powerhouse in the funds regulatory space where she advises on a range of regulatory issues. She is also recommended for her funds formation expertise.
Simon Witney draws praise for his leading knowledge of the space in relation to private equity.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT sees two go-to regulatory lawyers listed.
Jonathan Herbst receives high praise as “a fount of knowledge” for UK and EU funds regulation. He also advises on hedge fund regulation.
Ludger Verfürth is a name in collective investment vehicles and his regulatory experience and market knowledge is second to none.

REED SMITH achieves two listings.
Tamasin Little advises both hedge and private equity funds on regulatory matters across the board. One of her peers says, “Her depth of experience is remarkable.”
Adrian Brown is widely respected for his knowledge of the funds industry and his understanding of the regulatory issues that arise in relation to AIFMD, real estate funds and financial regulations.

Other Leading Individuals


At SIDLEY AUSTIN, Leonard Ng is a powerhouse in EU regulatory matters relating to private funds and is renowned by peers and clients as a highly reliable counsel.

Lisa Cawley at KIRKLAND & ELLIS is an “excellent” practitioner and a brilliant mind on financial services regulation relating to private funds.

At KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN in London, Neil Robson’s regulatory and compliance expertise make him one of the most sought-after figures in the market.


Thought Leaders
1. Barry Barbash Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Washington, DC
2. David Vaughan Dechert, Washington, DC
3. Philip Harris Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, NY

Leading US firm DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL sees three practitioners listed.
Yukako Kawata is one of the leading figures in the space and is frequently sought for her regulatory expertise across a variety of investment vehicles.
Nora Jordan specialises in the regulatory matters between asset managers and broker-dealers and is “highly knowledgeable about private equity”, according to market sources.
Leor Landa is a leader in the regulatory and compliance space and is recommended for his counsel on both private equity and hedge fund management.

One of the foremost private funds firms in the US, SCHULTE ROTH & ZABEL, sees three regulatory lawyers listed.
Marc Elovitz comes highly recommended as an undisputed expert in the regulatory and compliance space.
Brian Daly is highly respected for his expertise in private equity and real estate fund regulatory matters alongside alternative investment vehicles.
David Nissenbaum represents numerous clients including institutional investors and entrepreneurs. He is looked to for his faultless knowledge of funds regulatory matters.

DECHERT achieves two listings.
David Vaughan is “a top name at the firm” with a depth of experience from his time at the SEC. He is widely respected in the space.
Mark Perlow is a seasoned expert in regulatory matters where he advises mutual funds, hedge funds and broker-dealers.

Two leading names are recognised at MORGAN LEWIS & BOCKIUS.
Thomas Harman is a compliance expert who is recommended as “sensible and knowledgeable, with many years of experience”.
Steven Stone is highly sought after for his counsel on regulatory matters; he frequently advises broker-dealers, financial institutions and fund managers.

Other Leading Individuals

WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER sees Barry Barbash recognised for his depth of experience in the regulatory space and “a big name in the industry”.

Philip Harris of SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM is recognised as “a longstanding lawyer” in the funds regulatory space and is an expert on the wider funds capital market.


Thought Leaders
1. Tara O'Reilly William Fry, Dublin
2. Lucy Frew Walkers, Grand Cayman
3. Arnold Tan Rajah & Tann, Singapore

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

DEACONS leads the field with five lawyers recommended.
Jeremy Lam is regarded by his peers as “an excellent lawyer” with a depth of expertise in regulatory matters regarding the SFC and asset management.
Rory Gallaher draws praise for his regulatory knowledge which is particularly strong in the Asian hedge fund industry.
Susan Gordon is frequently called upon for her advice on international fund management from a regulatory perspective where she provides invaluable counsel.

MAPLES AND CALDER sees five practitioners listed in the regulatory space.
Jon Fowler is well known for his depth of understanding and acumen in manoeuvring through regulatory hurdles for his clients.
Peter Stapleton is a stellar practitioner who advises financial institutions and fund managers on regulatory matters relating to fund operation.
Jonathan Green provides leading expertise on both private equity and hedge fund matters and is highly regarded for his regulatory knowledge.

ARENDT & MEDERNACH in Luxembourg sees two lawyers listed.
Gilles Dusemon is a highly respected figure in the regulatory space and is frequently called upon for his expertise.
Florence Stainier specialises in regulatory matters relating to investment funds and management entities and is a name in the UCITS space.

Two lawyers are recommended at leading Luxembourg outfit ELVINGER HOSS PRUSSEN.
Jacques Elvinger is recognised as “a senior regulatory lawyer” with a particular expertise in pension funds.
Jérôme Wigny leads the field in UCITS and AIFs; he is highly sought after for his counsel on alternative investment funds and alternative strategies.

Leading Irish firm MATHESON achieves two listings.
Joe Beashel comes highly recommended for his risk management abilities and his longstanding expertise in funds compliance matters.
Michael Jackson is a top name in funds regulatory matters with deep experience in enabling the prosperity of funds in the Irish market.

Two leading names are recognised at MCCANN FITZGERALD.
Darragh Murphy is widely renowned for his commercial acumen and dynamic approach to regulatory matters in the funds space.
Mark White is a leading name in UCITS, private equity and hedge funds where he is highly respected.

RAJAH & TANN sees two top legal minds recognised.
Arnold Tan is a “top-notch” lawyer who is praised for his expertise and depth of industry knowledge where he “is absolutely a leader”.
Jasmine Chew is an expert in both onshore and offshore funds and receives plaudits for her regulatory expertise in both private equity and hedge.

Other Leading Individuals

Cayman Islands

Lucy Frew at WALKERS is recognised for her “huge amount of regulatory and compliance experience”. One respondent says, “She is knowledgeable and experienced in the funds area, I would have no hesitation in referring work to her or recommending her.”


At WILLIAM FRY Tara O'Reilly is one of Ireland’s leading funds regulatory lawyers with in-depth experience advising asset managers and fund sponsors on the whole gamut of investment funds.

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