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Herbert Smith Freehills

Investment Funds

4 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Pre-eminent 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.

Strengths

Clients highlight the commercial approach of the team, with one client appreciating how it "provides pragmatic and commercial solutions to problems, setting it apart from other firms who just tell me what the law says."

Another client expresses a similar sentiment, underlining the "commerciality and innovativeness, as well as depth of expertise and client relationship management" of the firm.

Work highlights

Advised Lendlease on the establishment of its globally focused SGD1.4 billion real estate investment trust on the Singapore Exchange.

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.

Justin O'Farrell maintains a well-respected practice in the property funds space, where he acts for prominent clients on domestic and cross-border mandates. He is adept at handling such matters as fund establishment and fund-raising.

Michael Vrisakis is a highly regarded financial services lawyer with strong expertise in advising on M&A transactions with superannuation elements. One client notes that, in addition to "knowing the industry inside out," he is also "innovative and finds commercial and legally acceptable solutions." Another source, who rates him "the best superannuation lawyer in Australia," values "his enthusiasm to go the extra mile to find a solution for me as a client."

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
Justin O'Farrell
Band 3

Superannuation


Michael Vrisakis
Band 1
Ruth Stringer
Band 1