International Funds

International Funds

Nobody knows international funds like we do

Whether it is pioneering new fund structures or developing innovative solutions to accommodate tax and regulatory change, the international funds team is part of the DNA of the investment funds industry. Bringing together the market leading teams at SJ Berwin and King & Wood Mallesons under one roof; no one knows the industry as well as we do.

Our clients benefit from integrated funds, tax and regulatory advice. As advisors to a greater variety of global funds than any other law firm, we know international funds inside out. And with the largest global Funds team of any firm, with over 70 funds focussed partners and 160 other lawyers covering Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the US, we can give you practical, cost-effective legal advice that you can implement quickly.

Whether you want to invest, manage investment, or attract investment, our experienced global fund lawyers can help. As the market leader in fund formation in Europe, Asia and Australia, we understand more about the market and the expectations of limited partners than any other firm. We not only advise GPs but also provide legal advice to sovereign wealth funds, fund of funds and other limited partners.

As a King & Wood Mallesons client, you not only benefit from expert international funds legal advice, you also get our unique industry insight. We pioneered the limited partner structure and we have been involved in virtually every tax and regulatory development affecting international funds today.

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A number of our partners have been instrumental from the start in the progress of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and are key members of a number of legal, regulatory and tax committees on this matter at leading industry associations across the globe.

Our International Funds team includes a strong US capability providing clients with core advice on key issues including  US securities, ERISA and tax, which relate to fund raisings and provide US legal support on international fundraisings.

We cover the entire spectrum of funds. So our clients include managers of private equity funds, venture capital funds, debt funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, secondary funds, fund of funds, emerging market funds and RMB funds. We work with funds of all sizes from the largest international buyout funds to smaller first time funds.

We also advise limited partners, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, banks, family offices, and other investors on their investments into funds of all these types.

Our recent experience in international funds law includes advising:

  • Triton on its recent €3.5 billion fund 
  • PAI on all their funds
  • Investindustrial on its €1.25 billion fifth buyout fund
  • Antin Infrastructure Partners in relation to the formation of one of the largest infrastructure (brownfield) funds in Europe 
  • China Development Bank Capital on the proposed formation of parallel private equity funds (onshore RMB and offshore) with a total commitment of US$10 billion to invest in infrastructure, natural resources and other sectors
  • NorthEdge on their £225 million maiden fundraising 
  • AMP Capital and Macquarie on internalising the DUET Group’s management arrangements by way of sale of their interest in the responsible entities
  • Patron Capital on their recent €880 million real estate fund
  • LaSalle Investment Management on  European and Asia Pacific real estate debt funds
  • Colonial First State on their infrastructure funds
  • Invision Private Equity AG on the first and final closing of its fifth fund, which surpassed its original fundraising target of €250 million to hit a hard cap of €285 million.
"They are great at strategic and tactical advice. They can leverage off their knowledge of the market on top of knowing the law."


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