The private equity industry is rapidly changing and we are well-placed to keep up with the changes given that we act for many of the world’s largest and most successful buyout firms. Clients retain us again and again for our deep understanding of their needs, issues and goals. Our Private Equity team is one of the most highly regarded international teams practicing in this field and we are committed to delivering the highest possible level of customer service.

Clients rely on us to ensure they make the right deals on the right terms, thoughtfully assess risk, make appropriate trade-offs, and respond quickly to meet business demands. Our global presence enables us to provide comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional legal advice at the times most critical to our clients.

Our unparalleled geographic footprint, coupled with our commitment to both mid-market and multi-billion-dollar deals, provides us with a global perspective on structuring and executing private equity mandates. We have offices in ten highly regarded, well-regulated global locations, operating in nine and practising the laws of eight jurisdictions. Our office locations include the key international jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, and the Seychelles, as well as the international financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Formation work

  • Establishing and structuring private equity, venture capital, real estate and other types of closed-ended investment funds, general partners, carried interest partners, management and advisory vehicles across our specified jurisdictions
  • Sharia-compliant and “hybrid” investment vehicles
  • Preparing primary fund documentation
  • Reviewing debt and equity funding documentation
  • Advising managers and sponsors on legal and regulatory issues
  • Working with external legal and product development teams on new funds and structured products
  • Provision of legal opinions to general partners and investors
  • Primary and secondary listings of closed-end investment funds on leading stock exchanges

Transactional work

  • Capital raising; subsequent closings
  • Public and private mergers & acquisitions and private equity-backed buyout deals
  • Secondary market acquisitions and disposals
  • Add-ons, spin-offs and restructuring of portfolio companies
  • Acquisition and operational financing (including high-yield bonds)
  • Minority investment transactions and liquidity events
  • Joint venture and growth capital transactions
  • Co-investment transactions and liquidity events

Governance and Disputes

We advise advice on all aspects of corporate governance including providing counsel to boards of directors and executive officers regarding, significant transactions, takeover readiness, disclosure issues and internal investigations.

Life Cycle Advisory Service

Our private equity team provides advice to managers and sponsors throughout a private equity cycle, beginning with an analysis of the investment opportunity and target investor base. This is followed by advice regarding domicile selection and design of the private equity structure and ultimately product implementation. We are able to provide a holistic solution throughout the life cycle process or a tailored solution at selected stages.

We also advise on all post-launch legal and operational issues.

Our Experts

Brad Adderley

Partner: Bermuda

T +1 441 298 3243
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Cameron Adderley

Managing Partner: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5790
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Alan Bossin

Chief Operating Officer: Bermuda

T +1 441 298 3536
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David Bulley

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 6201 3662
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Chris Cheng

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5719
E Email Chris

Paul Cheuk

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5756
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James Gaudin

Managing Partner: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 337
E Email James

Andrew Jowett

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5316
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Norman Klein

Managing Partner: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2050
E Email Norman

Jacob MacAdam

Partner: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2016
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Garry Manley

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 638
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Malcolm Moller

Group Managing Partner: Mauritius, Seychelles, Shanghai

T +230 203 4301
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Steven Rees Davies

Partner, Joint Global Head of Technology & Innovation: Bermuda

T +1 441 298 3296
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Liesl Richter

Partner: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2728
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Fraser Robertson

Group Partner: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 032
E Email Fraser

Eliot Simpson

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5765
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Kyle Sutherland

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 653
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Juan Thornley

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 623
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Andrew Weaver

Partner: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 230
E Email Andrew

Benjamin Woolf

Partner: Cayman Islands

T + 1 345 814 2006
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Jeffrey Kirk

Managing Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5318
E Email Jeffrey

Jeremy Berchem

Office Managing Group Partner*: Guernsey

T +44 (0)1481 755 601
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David Clark

Partner: Bermuda, BVI

T +1 441 298 3583
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Tom Brook

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 624
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Vincent Chan

Counsel: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5759
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Jennifer Eve

Counsel: Bermuda

T +1 441 298 3560
E Email Jennifer

Adam Johnson

Partner: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2983
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Manisha Lallah

Counsel: Mauritius

T +230 203 4319
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Muhammad Aadil Koomar

Senior Associate: Mauritius

T +230 203 4321
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Katherine Garrood (née Johnson)

Senior Associate: Isle of Man

T +44 (0) 1624 647 971
E Email Katherine

Kevin McQuillan

Senior Associate: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 367
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Farzanah Nawool

Senior Associate: Mauritius

T +230 405 4344
E Email Farzanah

Ashley Oogorah

Senior Associate: Mauritius

T +230 203 4311
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Chris Smedley

Senior Associate: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 171
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Charlotte Yeung

Counsel: Hong Kong

T +852 2905 5722
E Email Charlotte

Karishma Beegoo

Associate: Mauritius

T +230 405 4355
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Dean Bennett

Senior Associate: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2980
E Email Dean

Pamela Edwards

Associate: Cayman Islands

T +1345 814 2069
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Lebogang Maimane

Associate: Jersey

T +44 (0) 1534 818 068
E Email Lebogang

Paul Worsnop

Senior Associate: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 225
E Email Paul

Stuart Tyler

Partner: Guernsey

T +44 (0)1481 755 606
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