Kate Hodson 凯特 ·赫臣

Partner and Head of ESG (Legal) 合伙人 Hong Kong
Kate Hodson
Offshore Lawyer of the Year Women in Business Law APAC, 2022


Kate advises GPs and fund managers on the establishment and structuring of private equity funds and hedge funds as well as advising LPs on their fund investments. Kate is part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Private Equity team. Her experience covers a broad range of strategies and industries, including impact funds and sustainable investment funds, real estate, credit funds, venture capital and infrastructure funds. Following her passion for sustainable investment Kate undertook a masters in Energy and Environmental law from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and launched Ogier's Sustainable Investing and Impact Funds practice, the first of its kind for an offshore law firm. Kate is also one of a small group of offshore lawyers with a significant Japan practice, advising Japanese managers on establishing Cayman Islands unit trust fund structures and GP/LP closed ended fund structures. Her clients include some of the largest investment houses and prominent fund managers in Japan. Kate also acts for a number of family offices in the set-up of private fund structures for HNWIs.
  • Background & experience

    Kate is a partner in Ogier’s investment funds practice in Hong Kong, part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Private Equity team, and is Head of ESG (Legal) for Ogier. She advises a large number of sponsors and fund managers as well as their onshore counsel on the establishment and structuring of private equity funds, hedge funds and other closed ended and opened ended fund structures. She also advises LPs, managers, trustees, family offices, HNWIs, administrators and other service providers on fund related issues and other corporate matters. Kate specialises in fund formation and capital raising advice.

    In 2020 Kate completed a Masters in Energy and Environmental Law from The Chinese University of Hong Kong where she achieved a Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Gane Prize for Energy and Environmental Law.

    Kate was named among the top law lawyers for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals by Billionaire.com in conjunction with Wealth and was named one of Asia's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by Asia Legal Business in both 2016 and 2019.

    Kate joined Ogier Hong Kong in 2010 from Allen & Overy where she trained as a finance lawyer.  She is well placed to advise on the full life-cycle of an investment fund, including advising on downstream investment transactions, shareholder arrangements, liquidations, financings and regulatory matters in respect of both Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law.

    Kate obtained her Bachelor of Science from Nottingham University and subsequently completed her graduate diploma in law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course with distinction at Nottingham Law School.

    Kate is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and registered as a foreign lawyer in Hong Kong.

    Admitted in:
    2008 - England and Wales (non practising)
    2015 - British Virgin Islands

    凯特 ·赫臣

    凯特是奥杰香港办公室的投资基金业务的合伙人及奥杰私募基金多专业团队的成员,兼任奥杰环境、社会及管治(environmental, social and governance,简称ESG)基金业务主管。凯特为许多基金发起人、基金经理以及他们的在岸律师提供有关设立和搭建私募基金、对冲基金以及其他封闭式及开放式基金架构。她亦会就基金相关问题和其他公司事务向有限合伙人、经理、受托人、家族办公室、高净值客户、行政管理人和其他服务提供者提供咨询,并专门从事基金设立和筹集资金建议。


    凯特亦被Billionaire.com及Wealth评为超高净值客户的顶级律师之一,她亦在2016年和2019年被Asian Legal Business评为亚洲最佳40位40岁以下律师之一。凯特于2010年加入奥杰前,于安理国际律师事务所完成实习成为金融律师。凯特擅于就投资基金的整个周期提供建议,包括从开曼群岛和英属维尔京群岛法律角度就基金的下游投资交易、股东安排、清盘、融资和监管事宜提供建议。






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  • Recognition

    Offshore Lawyer of the Year Women in Business Law APAC, 2022
    Rising star partner IFLR 1000, 2022
    One of the top 15 offshore lawyers in Asia Asian Legal Business Offshore Client Choice List 2022
    One of the top offshore lawyers Asia Business Law Journal, The A-List, 2022
    Kate Hodson impresses with her excellent attention to the needs and interests of her clients and thorough understanding of the market. Who's Who Legal: Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR 2021
    Very strong and manages her team very well. She also has expertise in ESG, which has been very helpful. Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2022
    Leading Individual Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2022
    Provides practical and precise advice promptly, which is very helpful and exactly what we are looking for! Very experienced and commercial in the investment funds area. IFLR 1000, 2022
    Knowledgeable and responsive. I have worked with a few other offshore firms too and they are definitely one of the best in town. IFLR 1000, 2022
    Kate is good at explaining what our peers are doing and what can be done. She is very good at staying on top of things, knowing where our pain points are and how to handle them. She is also extremely responsive and always available for calls. Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2021
    Nominated Woman Lawyer of the Year, 2020 and 2021 Asia Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards
    Rising Star Partner IFLR 1000, 2021
    A safe pair of hands who is willing to go out of her way to deal with client demands. Her industry and regulatory knowledge on the ground in the Cayman Islands is also impeccable. IFLR 1000, 2021
    Very proactive at bringing matters to our attention and at finding efficient and effective solutions to our plans; and commercial awareness. IFLR 1000, 2021
    Unlike other offshore lawyers that I have experienced, Kate and the team are very understanding and sensitive to the nature of start-up businesses and empathetic to our financial constraints. Kate clearly takes a holistic view of the relationship and shows long-term commitment to the plans of our company and its key staff. IFLR 1000, 2021
    Among all the lawyers I've spoken to in the world, she is the best one, from response time to knowledge. She is very good at translating legalese into normal speech. Chambers Global, 2020
    Kate Hodson is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with IFLR 1000, 2020
    Kate was named one of Asia's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in 2019. Asian Legal Business
    Their response was always very quick and logical. Client feedback, 2019
    Best Offshore Lawyer Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards, 2017
    To the point.... very responsive Client feedback, 2016
    Kate was named one of Asia's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in 2016. Asian Legal Business
    What impressed me was the quality and the speed. We give tight deadlines and she always matches them. Client feedback
    Kate was named among the top lawyers for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. Billionaire.com in conjunction with Wealth
    Kate was named in the ALB offshore client choice list 2022 Asian Legal Business