International Funds

International Funds - UAE

Nobody knows funds like we do

Whether it is pioneering new fund structures or developing innovative solutions to accommodate tax and regulatory change, our International Funds team is at the forefront of the investment funds industry. King & Wood Mallesons is a market leader in structuring and closing private funds. Our global perspective, ability to anticipate trends, the diversity of structures on which we have advised and deep knowledge of investor requirements, enable us to be proactive when providing clients with innovative and commercially viable solutions.

Regional expertise

The United Arab Emirates is home to a sophisticated asset management industry serving the Middle East and beyond.  Our Dubai-based funds team is strategically located at the heart of this industry near the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

We advise clients active in all segments of the funds market including private equity funds, renewable energy and infrastructure funds, real estate funds, debt funds, hedge funds and hybrid funds. We have dedicated funds experts in fund structuring, transactions, tax, and regulatory matters and can call upon this expertise when advising on complex issues and structuring options.

The breadth of our experience in helping general partners and limited partners successfully close funds of all sizes gives us unparalleled insight in the drivers shaping the market, be they commercial, legal, tax or regulatory. We not only know how fund terms are changing but why they are changing. This enables us to anticipate fundraising issues in advance and to provide clients with practical solutions to overcome them.

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Our cross-border Middle East offering

The Middle East team based in Dubai and Riyadh is one of the strongest in the industry and forms an integral part of our International Funds group. All of our funds lawyers operate interchangeably as a single cross-border team. Our clients benefit from our regional legal expertise accompanied by the seamless support of a global network of lawyers in key jurisdictions.

In the Middle East, we have pioneered structuring funds in new alternative asset classes, advising and acting on a wide array of specialist funds including: private equity buy-out, growth capital, venture capital, infrastructure, sharia’a compliant, mezzanine, real estate, telecoms and litigation.  We advise managers investing in all the major economies of the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and South Asia.

Our regulatory expertise includes specialist knowledge of the rules and regulations that apply to fund managers operating in the Middle East as well as foreign fund managers who are seeking to raise capital from Middle Eastern investors.

Our key clients in the Middle East include a major sovereign wealth fund (SWF), Abraaj, Arqaam, Ithmar Capital, Havenvest, Swicorp and TRPE Capital.  We also advise an array of global asset managers on their Middle Eastern financial regulatory matters.

"They are very commercially minded professionals who immediately understand the requirements of the particular investment strategy and the product"


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