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Herbert Smith Freehills

Investment Funds

4 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills has a highly regarded team renowned for acting for large wealth management groups in relation to both the formation and offering of investment management platforms and structured products. Possesses extensive cross-border capability and remains highly regarded for its adept handling of funds-related M&A activity and restructurings. Also active advising institutional investors with regard to investments into funds. Commands respect for its ability to handle matters relating to both the superannuation and life insurance spaces. Draws on strong international presence to advise clients on global investment trends. Clients include major banks, asset managers and institutional investors, such as AMP Capital Funds Management, CBA and MLC Investments.

Strengths

"The strength of the firm's practice is in its ability to bring its expertise to the fore and think carefully about issues," avers one client, going on to add: "The value of this kind of advice has been very significant for us in a financial sense and far outweighed the cost of the legal fees involved."

Another client praises the team's "excellent service and insightful, commercial and intellectually astute legal advice."

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills acted for Roc Capital on the establishment and launch of the Roc Private Credit Fund, seeking to raise AUD300 million in its initial fund-raising.

Notable practitioners

Fiona Smedley has a market-leading practice in investment funds, regularly advising a range of such high-profile clients as fund managers, asset managers, banks and non-profits. She has extensive expertise in matters relating to both fund formation and management. I client notes: "Her expertise is unquestionably top notch but she is also very pragmatic and commercial."

Maged Girgis is a market-leading practitioner who acts on some of the most significant life insurance business deals and superannuation fund matters, including successor fund transfers and divestitures.

Michael Vrisakis is a highly regarded financial services lawyer with strong expertise in advising on M&A transactions with superannuation elements. A client comments: "Michael’s creative thinking, strong support and responsiveness is truly valued by the business."

Ruth Stringer is widely acclaimed in the market for her wealth of experience in advising on a broad range of investment fund-related matters. She offers particular expertise in acting on complex issues in the superannuation scheme and life insurance spheres.

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Australia

Investment Funds


Fiona Smedley
Band 1

Superannuation


Maged Girgis
Band 1
Michael Vrisakis
Band 1
Ruth Stringer
Band 1