Our Institutional Investor practice, which is part of our Funds & Asset Management Group, advises clients on both traditional and alternative investments across all the major asset classes including public securities, real estate, private equity, credit, infrastructure, hedge funds and managed accounts.
Our specialist team has advised sovereign wealth funds, central banks, pension funds, insurance companies, DFIs, investment managers, family offices and high-net-worth individuals on their investments for over 25 years. As a result, we have built up a global team of experts in the key financial centres, across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Australia and the U.S.
In the last 12 months, we have advised on 100+ fund reviews, 50+ IMAs, 10+ fund of one matters, and 10+ co-investment matters. We currently advise 20 sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East alone.
Our institutional investor practice stands out in the market because it:
- is a dedicated business line not a by-product of our fund establishment practice;
- covers the broadest spectrum of legal and regulatory issues affecting investors; and
- advises a variety of institutional investors across geographies which gives us a unique perspective on what is market and the knowledge to negotiate skilfully on behalf of our clients.
Due to the high-volume of transactions our team advise on, we are able to provide bespoke transaction documents covering a range of legal issues. The information held within our knowledge database allows us to advise on what terms are market, and to help them negotiate in a commercial, practical and cost-efficient manner.
Our capabilities include the following:
- Fund investments in private and public funds (across all asset classes)
- Managed accounts and funds-of-one
- Custody arrangements
- Brokerage and other trading documentation
- Regulatory issues (e.g. shareholder disclosures, foreign investor/ market access regulations)
- Portfolio due diligence
- Trading documentation
- Authorised/managed funds
- Buy-out funds
- Shari’ah compliant funds
- Secondary transactions
- Investments into private equity funds, hedge funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds; and credit/ debt funds.
A Dutch public pension fund
on its co-investment with an Asia focused infrastructure fund, in several water treatment facilities in China.
A Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund
on its cornerstone investments into a UK focussed and India focus infrastructure funds.
A Russia-China venture fund
with a Chinese partner to invest into Russian fast-growing technology companies and start-ups with strong potential for expansion and technology transplantation in the Chinese market.
An African sovereign wealth fund
on several private equity fund investments.
An Asian sovereign wealth fund
on its investment into several international private equity/ venture capital funds in Asia and Europe.
Several major Canadian pension funds
on their private equity, real estate and infrastructure fund investments and co-investments.
News and insights
Publications: 21 April 2023
Institutional Investor Forum: How I Made It – an interview with Nadine Buckland
As part of the Institutional Investor Forum's 'How I Made It' series, MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto and Christina Pope speak with Nadine Buckland, Managing Partner for Zenzic Capital.
Publications: 30 March 2023
Institutional Investor Forum: How I Made It – an interview with Kadijah Amoah
As part of the Institutional Investor Forum's 'How I Made It' series, MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto and Karen Boadu speak with Kadijah Amoah, Chief Executive Officer for Aker Energy Ghana Limited.
Publications: 06 March 2023
Women’s History Month 2023 – Women in Funds
For decades, Women’s History Month has been a time to reflect on women’s contribution to contemporary society. It celebrates what women can achieve, both individually and by supporting each other.
Publications: 03 March 2023
Women in Funds: Conversation with Huda Al Lawati, Founder & CEO of Aliph Capital
In the inaugural interview of the Women in Funds series, Funds & Asset Management partner Kamar Jaffer (Middle East) speaks to Huda Al Lawati, the Founder and CEO of Aliph Capital. Aliph Capital is…
Recognition of our work
Regularly advises high-end regional and international clients on a range of investment products. Recognised by a number of sources for its impressive sovereign wealth fund expertise. Has extensive capabilities in open and closed-ended funds, Shari'a-compliant structures and private equity investments.
Chambers & Partners Middle East, Investment Funds
Advises asset managers and institutional investors alongside pension provider and sovereign wealth fund clients, offering integrated support across key jurisdictions.
Legal 500 UK, Investment Funds
Clients laud the team for its "technical advice, commercial awareness, responsiveness and availability.
Chambers & Partners Luxembourg, Investment Funds
In addition to its GP-side practice, the firm has a flourishing practice acting for institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds making high-profile cornerstone investments into funds.
Chambers & Partners UK, Investment Funds