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Herbert Smith Freehills

Investment Funds

2 ranked lawyersBand 1Middle East-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Renowned practice experienced assisting prominent asset managers with the formation of funds focused on a wide variety of asset classes. Also has experience acting for limited partners. Strong track record advising on the formation of Shari'a-compliant funds. Heavily involved in the structuring and establishment of open-ended funds in the DIFC, and noted for its in-depth knowledge of DFSA regulations. Additional expertise advising on mergers between asset managers, as well as providing guidance on fund-related disputes.

Strengths

One source commented that Herbert Smith Freehills is "a very global firm and they have integrated people from very different backgrounds into their organisation," further emphasising that "they are absolutely top drawer."

Another source added: "I feel Herbert Smith is among the best law firms I've dealt with," noting: "Because of their support we were able to meet our targeted timeline."

Notable practitioners

Dubai-based Geoffroy Hermanns is "a very hands-on, practical person who brings significant experience to the table." His practice spans the Middle East, encompassing advice on infrastructure, real estate and hedge funds. He advises banks and financial institutions on both conventional and Shari'a-compliant fund structures.

Zubair Mir maintains an extensive funds practice from the Dubai office, where he is frequently engaged on fund structuring mandates by sovereign wealth funds and well-known global private equity houses. He is well equipped to handle both conventional and Shari'a-compliant funds matters, often including cross-border elements. He is widely noted in the market for the depth of his experience, having practised in the region for more than two decades.

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Middle East-wide

Investment Funds


Geoffroy Hermanns
Band 3
Zubair Mir
Band 1