Clifford Chance LLP

Investment Funds: International Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected team advising leading clients on private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds. Offers a diverse spread of expertise, advising GPs on fund formation, structuring and marketing, as well as regulatory requirements. Also represents prominent LP clients, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors in relation to their investments into funds. Advises on the establishment and management of foreign and domestic retail funds, such as unit trusts and REITs.

Strengths A client observes: "The firm has a very strong reputation in Asia and globally in private equity fund work. They are highly commercial and very responsive. Given their extensive work in these areas they are able to develop practical solutions."

Another source appreciates that they provide "very strong expertise and have the ability to deliver user-friendly advice. They are clearly a market leader in the region."

Work highlights Advised Prologis on the formation of its Prologis China Core Logistics Fund, a USD1.7 billion open-ended perpetual life vehicle.

Notable practitioners

Daryl Liu
is "commercial, knowledgeable of the market and we benefit from his expertise immensely," according to a client, who adds: "We like his manner a lot and really appreciate his counsel." He frequently advises on the formation of private equity funds as well as open-ended structures in real estate and energy.

Kai Schneider
is a market leader in the private funds space, regularly advising on the formation of private equity and investment funds. A client describes him as "my go-to for complex issues," adding: "We have a global practice and he is great for answering questions about the wider Asia region."