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Featured Articles: Private Funds

Private Funds 2019: Discussion

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Who’s Who Legal brings together Gilles Dusemon at Arendt & Medernach and Iain McMurdo at Maples and Calder to discuss issues facing private funds lawyers and their clients in the industry today.

European Union Cross-Border Fund Distribution Omnibus Proposals: A New Hope or Another Missed Opportunity?

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Phil Bartram, Travers Smith LLP

In March 2018, the European Commission published legislative proposals for a new directive and regulation relating to the cross-border distribution of investment funds, now commonly known as the “Omnibus” proposals. This legislation will amend existing EU legislation governing investment funds, including AIFMD, the UCITS Directive and the EuSEF and EuVECA Regulations. 

Brexit - Planning for an Unknown Outcome

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Patricia Volhard, Debevoise & Plimpton

Until quite recently, the private equity industry has been rather relaxed about Brexit and its potential impact on their operations. However, it has become necessary to think a bit harder about potential alternatives, now that a hard Brexit is suddenly a real option which will have an impact on each sector of the financial industry.

A Cayman Islands Perspective on the Private Funds Market

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Ingrid Pierce and Matthew Goucke, Walkers

Ingrid Pierce and Matthew Goucke at Walkers assess the private funds landscape in the Cayman Islands in relation to the global market.  

Private Funds 2018: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Patricia Volhard at Debevoise & Plimpton, Maya Issacharov at Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co and Phil Bartram at Travers Smith to discuss issues facing private funds lawyers and their clients in the industry today, including the regulation of funds, fund formation and the choice between “onshore” and “offshore” jurisdictions. 

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Analysis: Private Funds

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.

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.

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All Firms in Private Funds (Listed Alphabetically)

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Veirano Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

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Walder Wyss Ltd

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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Withers LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

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A&L Goodbody

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

AZB & Partners

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Addus Advokat AB

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

14 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Alessandri

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Allen & Gledhill LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Allen & Overy LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Alston & Bird LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Amit Pollak Matalon & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Andulf Advokat AB

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Annunziata & Conso

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Appleby

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Arendt & Medernach

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Arthur Cox

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ashurst

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

BAHR (Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS)

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

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Bedell Cristin

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bennett Jones LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Bowmans

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bracewell LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bratschi AG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Brodies LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Broseta Abogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Burges Salmon LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Burness Paull LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

CMS

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Campbells

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Capolino-Perlingieri & Leone

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Carey Olsen

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cepeda Advogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Chiomenti

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Clifford Chance LLP

15 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Collas Crill

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Conyers

10 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cooley LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Cuatrecasas

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Cummings Solicitors

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

DLA Piper

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Deacons

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dechert LLP

15 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Dentons

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Dillon Eustace

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

E. Morace & Co.

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Ebner Stolz

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Elvinger Hoss Prussen

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

FBT Attorneys-at-law

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

FIVELEX Studio Legale

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Fasken

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Galante e Associati Studio Legale

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Gide Loyrette Nouel

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Goodwin

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Gowling WLG

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Han Kun Law Offices

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Harney Westwood & Riegels

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Haynes And Boone, LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Hengeler Mueller

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Hogan Lovells

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Homburger

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Horten

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

IC Universal Legal

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Independent Legal Consultant

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

JWS Asian Law Corporation

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Jingtian & Gongcheng

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Joffe & Associés

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Jones Day

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

K&L Gates LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Kellerhals Carrard

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Keystone Law

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Khaitan & Co

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kim & Chang

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

King & Spalding LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

King & Wood Mallesons

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

18 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

LK Shields, Solicitors

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Latham & Watkins LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Lee & Ko

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Legance Avvocati Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Lenz & Staehelin

6 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Levy & Salomão Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Lindemann Law

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Linklaters LLP

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Loyens & Loeff

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Macfarlanes LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Machado Meyer Advogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Mamo TCV Advocates

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Maples Group

22 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Matheson

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Mayer Brown LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

McCann FitzGerald

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

McMillan LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

MinterEllison

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Molinari E Associati

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

1 Private Funds Lawyer 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

Neal Gerber & Eisenberg

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Niederer Kraft Frey

4 Private Funds Lawyers 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

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Norton Rose Fulbright

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ogier

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

P+P Pöllath + Partners

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Paul Hastings LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Pinheiro Guimarăes - Advogados

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Proskauer Rose

11 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Raveh Haber & Co Advocates

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Reed Smith LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Richards Layton & Finger, PA

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ropes & Gray LLP

8 Private Funds Lawyers featured

SPITZ & POULLE

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Saliba Stafrace

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

9 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Setterwalls

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Seward & Kissel LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Shartsis Friese LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shearman & Sterling LLP

4 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Sidley Austin LLP

20 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Simmons & Simmons

17 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

12 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Souza, Mello E Torres Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Stikeman Elliott

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Studio Legale Crocenzi e Associati

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Timothy Loh Solicitors

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Torys LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Travers Smith LLP

7 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Travers Thorp Alberga

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Untitled Strategic Legal Consulting

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Van Campen Liem

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Walkers

15 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Webber Wentzel

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Werksmans Attorneys

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

White & Case LLP

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

William Fry

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

5 Private Funds Lawyers featured

Winston & Strawn LLP

2 Private Funds Lawyers featured

WongPartnership LLP

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Yigal Arnon & Co

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Yukako Kawata PLL

1 Private Funds Lawyer featured

Yulchon

3 Private Funds Lawyers featured

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