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Institutional Investor

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)
  • Co-investments
  • 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.

Our experience

A Dutch public pension fund

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

A Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund

on its cornerstone investments into a UK focussed and India focus infrastructure funds.

A Russia-China venture fund

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

An African sovereign wealth fund

on several private equity fund investments.

An Asian sovereign wealth fund

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

Several major Canadian pension funds

on their private equity, real estate and infrastructure fund investments and co-investments.

News and insights

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Publications: 23 June 2022

Private Markets - Our 12 Global Insights (June 2022)

As we approach the half way point in 2022, it's time to take stock of developing trends in private markets and what it could mean for the future. 

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Publications: 15 June 2022

Institutional Investor Forum: How I Made It - an interview with Michelle Thomsen

As part of the Institutional Investor Forum, Allen & Overy's client-facing diversity and inclusion initiative, we're delighted to share the latest podcast in the 'How I Made It' series which showcases…

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Publications: 13 April 2022

Institutional Investor Forum: How I Made It - an interview with Zainab Kufaishi

As part of the Institutional Investor Forum's How I Made It series, MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto speaks with Zainab Kufaishi, Head of Middle East and Africa and Senior Executive Officer at Invesco Asset…

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Publications: 08 March 2022

Institutional Investor Forum: How I Made it – an interview with the Mumtalakat legal team

The Institutional Investor Forum’s ‘How I Made It’ series is delighted to share an interview with the incredible all-female legal team at Mumtalakat, the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain.

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