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Investment Funds

Investment funds are a particular area of expertise for Charles Russell Speechlys. Our lawyers are experienced in alternative investment funds and UCITS.

This has become increasingly important as the boundaries between these two types of fund (UCITS funds and alternative investment funds) have become blurred with the implementation firstly of UCTIS III and then the AIFM Directive.

Our clients include retail and institutional funds and their managers, and cover a range of investment strategies:

  • charity funds
  • debt funds
  • hedge funds
  • infrastructure funds
  • long-only funds
  • private equity funds
  • real estate funds.

Our clients may be open or closed ended; onshore or offshore; unauthorised or authorised. They are a mix of corporate funds, limited partnerships and unit trusts. Many of the funds are listed.

We have a particular expertise in acting for quoted investment companies. We also have a leading reputation for charity funds.

Our services cover the full life cycle of an investment fund – from the initial structuring to launch; secondary issues; changes in investment strategies and realisations and liquidations.

We work closely with our funds team in Luxembourg, and with correspondent lawyers in the Channel Islands, Ireland and the Caribbean to ensure we provide the international coverage that the funds industry now requires.

In addition to acting for the managers, we also act for, and work closely with, the other service providers in the funds industry - the depositaries, custodians, fiduciaries and administrators. With this range of expertise, we are able to provide effective solutions based on a fully informed perspective.

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