Investment funds

You don’t pay for a learning curve when you instruct us. We have been focused on funds since the beginning of the industry.

You don't pay for a learning curve when you instruct us. We have been focused on all types of investment funds since the beginning of the industry.

The investments funds team advises on the full spectrum of fund structures and strategies, including: hedge, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, energy, credit, debt, venture capital, crypto currency, hybrid, impact and socially responsible investing. We provide clients with innovative solutions to all manner of legal requirements, to meet each client's distinct set of regulatory and commercial demands. Supported by our experienced colleagues in our corporate, finance, banking, fund finance and dispute resolution teams, we can provide a holistic service for every possible investment fund client need.

Our services include advising on structuring and supporting fund formation, including the provision of registered office and company secretarial services to investment managers, ancillary services such as AML officer services and FATCA/CRS compliance matters, establishment of corporate fund vehicles, general partners, limited partnerships carry and special purpose vehicles, and advising on regulations (including fund licensing and automatic exchange of information, corporate governance and investor disputes).

We are in a unique position to be able to offer cross-jurisdictional advice covering each of BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg laws and we have a thriving office in Hong Kong and unmatched insights into Asia through our Shanghai and Tokyo offices. Through our network of offices, we frequently advise clients in respect of complex multi-jurisdictional structures.

Ogier is one of the few firms that had an established investment funds practice in place when the 2008 crisis hit, and we have advised clients through every conceivable market condition - throughout the full range of market-cycle events. Working closely with our insolvency and restructuring team, we have extensive experience advising on winding-up arrangements (both contentious and non-contentious), including: redemption arrangements, liquidity constraints, illiquid asset disposals, suspensions, investor disputes and solvent and insolvent terminations.

Services

Ogier advises on establishing and ongoing structuring, governance, regulatory and operational advice for clients including:

  • Open ended funds (including hedge)
  • Closed ended funds (including private equity, infrastructure, real estate, venture capital, publicly listed or traded funds)
  • Hybrid funds, funds of one and managed accounts
  • Special strategy funds (including credit funds, activist funds, cryptocurrency funds)
  • Fund managers and sponsors (including profit sharing between principals employee incentive schemes, carried interest and joint venture arrangements)
  • Prospective investors, including LPs on proposed investments in investment funds (including due diligence and legal opinions)
  • Single and multi-family offices and individual family members
  • Fund managers and other service providers on contractual, regulatory, licensing requirements, outsourcing and cross border provision of financial services and TISE

Advising on a variety of matters, including:

  • on seed deals and strategic investor relations (including side letters)
  • downstream investments to be made by investment funds on a direct or indirect basis
  • on structures investing in or receiving subscriptions in digital assets and tokenisation
  • on anti-money laundering, tax information exchange, beneficial ownership, economic substance and compliance with other international regulatory requirements
  • on cross border distribution, data protection and regulatory advice
  • on listing funds on stock exchanges, including in the Cayman Islands
  • on fund re-domiciliation (into and out of our jurisdictions)
  • on corporate governance, fiduciary and regulatory matters
  • on liquidity concerns, restructuring, funds in distress (including litigation) and termination alternatives