Hedge funds in London

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP

Clients have a positive impression of the team at Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP, commending it for providing ‘a Four Seasons-level service to every client’ and the group’s ‘unparalleled experience with hedge fund start-ups and the large hedge funds in the UK’. Lawyers at the firm have experience across the hedge funds space, regularly handling fund formations and operations, in addition to being able to utilise regulatory, tax, finance and M&A experts across the firm. Josh Dambacher's practice spans the full range of non-contentious hedge fund matters, and he is increasingly called upon in cryptocurrency and digital asset structures. Dambacher jointly heads the team alongside Christopher Hilditch, who is able to provide strategic-level advice on structuring and fund operation. Lee Smith is another name to note for fund formation, while Anna Maleva-Otto, who ‘thinks out of the box', has a strong reputation for her regulatory and compliance knowledge.

Responsables de la pratique:

Josh Dambacher; Christopher Hilditch

Autres avocats clés:

Lee Smith; Amy MacDonagh; Drew Miller; Anna Maleva-Otto

Les références

‘Excellent technical and commercial know-how on the hedge fund space. Veritable one stop shop for hedge fund legal service, market leading practice in London.’

‘Josh Dambacher – leading figure in the hedge fund space, very well connected, very strong commercial nous, savvy negotiator.’

‘The entire team is trained on UK and US issues — this sets SRZ apart from its competitors who lack this offering and it also makes SRZ more efficient than others firms. The team provides ‘Four Seasons’ level service to every client, looking for practical solutions not just legal road blocks. They have unparalleled experience with hedge fund start-ups but also represent most of the large hedge funds in the UK.’

Principaux clients

Alpha Wave Global

BlueDrive Global Investors LLP

Bybrook Capital

Carrhae Capital LLP

Clean Energy Transition LLP

Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies Ltd.

DSAM Partners (London) Ltd.

Eisler Capital (UK) Ltd.

Engadine Partners LLP/Kairos Investment Management Ltd.

Florin Court Capital LLP

Gladstone Capital Management LLP

Haven Cove Capital Management

Kersley Street Capital LLP

Manchester Global Management (UK) Limited

Marshall Wace LLP

Orchard Global Asset Management

Oxylus Capital Ltd.

Palliser Capital (UK) Ltd.

Pantechnicon Advisors LLP

Perbak Capital Partners LLP

Qube Research & Technologies

Saidler & Co.

Securis Investment Partners LLP


TCI Fund Management Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Clean Energy Transition LLP on the setup of their new investment management business and spin-out from Lansdowne Partners.
  • Advised Eisler Capital (UK) Ltd. on the launch of a new US$1 billion multi-strategy fund structure, focused on a range of investment products.
  • Advised Saidler & Co. on the establishment of a new US-based investment management business and the launch of a Cayman Islands master-feeder fund structure which invests primarily in digital assets.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has a team focused entirely on hedge fund formation, providing advice on the spectrum of issues, including structures, regulation, as well as ancillary issues such as data security, taxation, investor and employee terms, leading client to praise the firm for its ‘excellent coverage of other related areas of law to provide a holistic service‘. Most notably, the group has longstanding expertise in ESG-related funds, where it advises on US and UK regulatory change. The group brings together expertise from across the firm’s international office network, particularly in Asia and Europe. The team is headed by Devarshi Saksena, a hedge funds expert who, in 2021, took over the leadership from Iain Cullen , who continues to assist with hedge fund structuring mandates. Lucian Firth  is a specialist in launching ESG funds, while Sarah Crabb has a varied practice that includes funds in the fintech space. Managing associate Kate Tracey is increasingly called upon to advise fund clients on ESG requirements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Devarshi Saksena

Autres avocats clés:

Lucian Firth; Sarah Crabb; Iain Cullen; Kate Tracey; Patrick Boyd

Les références

‘Excellent breadth and depth of acknowledge within asset management.’

‘Availability and experience. Dev Saksena and Patrick Boyd particular standouts.’

‘Deeply knowledgeable and responsive. Well resourced teams that enable great cost control and project management. Excellent coverage of other related areas of law to provide a holistic service. Also keep me up-to-date with regulatory developments and market intel.’

Principaux clients

Brevan Howard Asset Management

Man Group


LMR Partners

GSA Capital Partners LLP

Janus Henderson

East Alpha

Theleme Partners

AKO Capital

Lansdowne Partners

Adelphi Capital

Axebrook Capital LLP

Zebedee Capital Partners LLP

Fosse Capital Partners

John Street Capital

Arisaig Partners (Asia)

Theleme Partners

Svelland Capital

Caxton Associates

Balliol Road Investments LLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as lead counsel on the restructure of a Cayman Islands master-feeder structure, Man GLG Pan-European Growth and Man GLG Pan-European Growth Master
  • Acted as lead counsel on the launch of Brevan Howard’s new “co-investment program” – a complex structure built around a Cayman Islands SPC and standalone investment vehicles through which specific investments could be made.


Akin is noted for its ‘great legal knowledge relevant to the asset management and hedge fund sector, combined with practical commercial application‘, focusing on US-based products, often working closely with the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices, with a particular specialism in the US and UK regulatory spaces. Jointly leading the team are Tim Pearce  and Ian Meade , both of whom are active for fund launches, as well as advice pertaining to restructurings. Counsel Hamish Annandale is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Pearce; Ian Meade

Autres avocats clés:

Hamish Annandale

Les références

‘Great legal knowledge relevant to the asset management and hedge fund sector, combined with practical commercial application’

‘Tim Pearce and Ian Meade have great legal knowledge and experience allied to excellent commercial application.’

Dechert LLP

Friendly, listen to the clients, aim to understand and solve problems in the most effective manner for all' is one way Dechert LLP‘s practice is praised by clients. The team, which  is situated within its financial services and investment management department, advises boutique and institutional hedge fund managers based in the UK and overseas. Fund launches are a staple for the team, which also assists clients on an ongoing basis in relation to commercial operations, global marketing activities, ESG and tax; as well as in relation to anti-money laundering and sanctions issues. The group is increasingly busy in the alternatives space, with recent experience in crypto products, as well as in relation to co-investment platforms on- and offshore. Abigail Bell ‘s ‘expertise, including across jurisdictions, is outstanding‘, and she brings it to bear in relation to fund formations; while Craig Borthwick is another key name for hedge fund launches. Mikhaelle Schiappacasse  has substantial recent experience in assisting hedge funds with their investments and associate Dona Treska focuses on derivatives regulatory advice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gus Black

Autres avocats clés:

Abigail Bell; Craig Borthwick; Mikhaelle Schiappacasse; Dona Treska

Les références

‘Dechert LLP has been and remains my favorite practice by far. They provide best in class service. I particularly benefitted from their global presence and smooth integration across practices. I’ve actively recommended Dechert LLP to colleagues in the industry over the years and will continue doing so.’

I could not recommend Abigail Bell more highly on both a professional and a personal level. Her expertise, including across jurisdictions, is outstanding, her advice always sound, she is generous with her time and has handheld us across each investment transaction and vehicle set up over the past couple of years, including regarding coordinating with her colleagues across the world and pulling in the relevant expertise from across her time.’

‘Knowledge, professionalism, approachable, dependable, trust and expertise across sectors, functions and geography’

Principaux clients

All Africa Partners LLP

Almace Asset Management LLP

AlphaMiner Capital

Amundsen Investment Management

Adelio Partner

ARP Capital Partners Limited

Aster Capital Management Limited

Bayforest Capital Limited

BlueBell Partners Limited

BlueCove Limited

Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP

EFG Asset Management / New Capital

Eleva Capital LLP

EMFI Capital Limited

EOF Partners




Gemcorp Capital LLP

Genavest Capital Limited

Greentrail Capital


Kairos Group / Engadine Partners LLP

Kryger Capital (formerly Omni Partners LLP)

LeCap Asset Management

Lynx Asset Management

Machina Capital

Maven Securities Limited

Mile End Capital

Nekton Capital

New Wave

Numen Capital

Nyhavn Capital

Odyssean Capital LLP

OxFORD Asset Management Company

Palmerston Capital Management

Palm Lane Capital

SGCM Capital LLP

Soloda Investment Advisors LLP

Sparta Capital Management

System 2 Capital LLP

TT International

Tico Capital

Tresidor Investment Management LLP

Westbeck Capital Management LLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised FIFTHDELTA on its US$1.3 billion raise, which was the largest hedge fund launch in Europe in 2021.
  • Advised Nekton Capital Limited on the successful launch of their flagship fund, one of the largest new hedge funds in Europe in 2021 (with c. US$1bn launch capital) and one of the most high-profile fund launches in the City.
  • Advised Exor on the successful launch of the new Exor Special Opportunities master and feeder sub-funds (open-ended sub-funds with limited liquidity on their master-feeder Irish ICAV structure).


Fieldfisher handles structuring, launches, fund operation and charges, with particular expertise in derivatives trading and backed up with significant regulatory expertise throughout the firm’s network across Europe. Also in the derivatives team is Emma Spiers, who has a varied practice involving structured equity, credit and funding transactions. Dale Gabbert joined from Simmons & Simmons as head of funds in May 2021, bringing with him a strong track-record in hedge funds work, and experience in advising institutional investors. Former practice head Ron Feldman has since left the team for a role at K&L Gates LLP.

Autres avocats clés:

Dale Gabbert; Emma Spiers; Jenny Warren

Les références

‘I had a very good experience with Fieldfisher when it came to the launch of my hedge fund. Fieldfisher has all the necessary components to advise emerging asset managers on such complex projects as the launch of the first fund. In doing so it is not only highly professional but also stand out well in terns of value for money.’

Principaux clients

Ravel Associates

JCAM/S and F

Rokos Capital Management LLP

Accent Capital Management Limited, Accent Global Technology Fund and Accent Global Technology Master Fund

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on the launch of Accent Global Technology Fund (a Cayman fund with a master-feeder structure) for new client, Accent Capital. Responsible for the overall management of the launch of the fund and drafted or reviewed and negotiated all the requirement documents and agreements (including the fund’s prospectus and prime brokerage and trading agreements).
  • Advising a manager with assets under management of over $1 trillion in relation to a number of managed account agreements.
  • Advising a longstanding client in relation to its regulatory hosting arrangements in the UK and the arrangements with its Manco in the EU.

Sidley Austin LLP

At Sidley Austin LLP, the hedge funds practice is integrated into the firm’s global offering, with the London office housing the European practice group, often working alongside colleagues in the US and Asia. The team is experienced in a range of fund strategies, including credit, fixed-income, managed futures, event-driven equity, and an increasingly active focus on cryptocurrency-related funds. Investment funds practice head James Oussedik takes the lead, with a specialism in fund formation and a focus on credit funds, although he is also active across a number of traditional hedge fund strategies. Stephen Ross is the name to note for asset management instructions, with a practice that emphasises hedge funds in the biotech, healthcare and protein sectors. Leonard Ng stands out for his regulatory expertise, particularly in relation to ESG and crypto assets.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Oussedik

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Ross; Leonard Ng; Peter Chapman

Les références

‘Breadth and depth of the team. Accessibility to the partners of the firm. I have known many partners in the firm for over a number of years and the service is without question exemplary. Billing is transparent.’

‘Strong Fund practice both in Europe and the US. Have helped on a number of areas especially Regulation and M&A.’

‘Stephen Ross has incredible knowledge of the alternative investment management industry and although his main practice is fund formation and LPs investments. He has been an extremely good sounding board through the grow of our investment management business.’

Principaux clients

Maniyar Capital Advisors Limited

Amia Capital

Capstone Advisers

Generation Investment Management

Lodbrok Capital

Man Group plc

Serone Capital


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Maniyar with respect to the launch of a dedicated fund of one for a major institutional investor, including co-investment arrangements.
  • Providing Serone with strategic legal advice across its fund business and support in relation to launch of new products and negotiations with investors. Advised on the launch of a new multi-strategy credit fund, a two-legged hedge fund established in the Cayman Islands with Cayman and Delaware feeders, investing predominantly in securitized credits and corporate credit, primarily in European, UK and North American markets.
  • Advised Valence8 on the launch of its business and initial fund products, including two liquid strategy allocation funds. Also advised Valence8 both in connection with the structuring of its complex management group arrangements across three jurisdictions, including the negotiation of multiple GP-stake deals with cornerstone investors.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP is most focused on advising start-up managers, bringing together funds expertise with strong practitioners in the tax department. The group is particularly adept with alternative credit funds, where it advises large European credit managers with fund stables including liquid alternative credit products. The team is noted for its fund formation work, in particular pertaining to hybrid hedge funds. The overall funds team is led by Stephen Robinson , while Sam Brooks heads the hedge funds sub-group. Associate Emma Garnham is increasingly known for advising on structuring and regulation of hedge funds.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Robinson

Autres avocats clés:

Sam Brooks; Emma Garnham

Les références

This practice advises on a broad range of hedge funds matters and also works seamlessly with other practice groups within the firm, to provide clients with comprehensive advice across all aspects of law that is relevant to hedge funds.’

The Macfarlanes hedge fund team is great to work with; they are collaborative and are solid across all investment strategies, and particularly credit. What’s more, they have the backing of solid teams in other areas (tax, derivatives etc) to support their practice. They stand out as being a very bright bunch in the market and a really nice team.’

Sam Brooks stands out as being particularly visible and engaged on files (but not in a way that is in any way over the top), which gives a lot of reassurance.’

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s lawyers work closely with the firm’s colleagues in the US to advise institutional fund managers on a variety of hedge fund issues, including US, UK and European regulations. The team is led by John Adams , a member of the investment funds group. Phil Baynes joined the group from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP in May 2022, adding an expert in advising institutional investors on alternative investment programmes.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Adams

Autres avocats clés:

Phil Baynes; James Gray

Principaux clients

Attestor Capital LLP

Abu Dhabi Global Market

TT International Family Group

Prosperity Capital Management Limited

Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam

TRG Management L.P.

Maverick Capital Ltd.

Steadfast Financial LP

Albacore Partners

Skybridge Capital II, LLC

OrbiMed Capital

Dynamo Capital

RK Capital Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Attestor Limited on its flagship special situations / distressed assets fund on multiple matters including its fund vehicles, internal structuring, advisory arrangements, derivatives and prime brokerage arrangements, and multiple other matters.
  • Advising Steadfast in relation to multiple complicated managed account arrangements, international structuring matters relating to offices, and related.