Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is recognised as one of the market leaders in investment funds. We act for several of the most active fund managers and have well-established capabilities across a variety of alternative investment sectors, including hedge, private equity, real estate, credit and venture capital funds as well as mutual funds (and their boards of directors), series trusts and other open-ended and closed-ended alternative investment vehicles. Our experience spans a wide variety of structures, supporting clients from the inception and structuring of investment funds to capital raising, operation, regulatory compliance, restructuring and exit strategies. We also represent investors, including corporate and government pension plans, retirement systems, foundations and sovereign wealth funds in negotiating investments in alternative assets and funds, giving us insight into the issues faced on both sides of the investment table.

Representative Experience

  • CBRE Global Investors on the creation of the CBRE UK Property PAIF, including the merger of the real estate portfolios previously held by CBRE UK Property Fund and the Electricity Pension Scheme to create the £1.4bn fund. 
  • Canary Wharf Group and LandSec on the £1.28bn sale of interests in the fund vehicles holding 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie Talkie, an iconic London office building. 
  • Clearbell Capital on the formation of a series of private equity real estate funds including, most recently, Clearbell Property Partners III which raised commitments of £310m from investors in the US, Australia, Europe, Middle East and South America. 
  • Hermes on the formation of the £1bn+ Paradise Circus investment pool in Birmingham, UK, including joint ventures with Birmingham City Council and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. 
  • Unite Students, the UK’s leading manager and developer of student accommodation on its specialist funds and joint ventures with institutional investment partners, including the £2.3 billion Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund, an open-ended non-listed real estate fund. 
  • Tamarack Global Healthcare Funds, a family of U.S. and Cayman Islands hedge fund that invest in companies in health care sectors, with total assets under management exceeding $240 million. 
  • ARC Club II and ARC Club III, on the formation and operations of New York-based club-structured real estate investment vehicles (including Cayman Island feeder funds) with combined assets under management exceeding $300 million, investing in multifamily and mixed-use real estate projects in the New York City metropolitan area. 
  • JCR Capital Investment Corporation on formation of private commercial real estate investment funds, and related fund investment transactions. The fund raised commitments in excess of $145 million and the sponsor manages more than $750 million of assets in funds, direct lending and other accounts. 
  • Fraser McCombs Ventures Funds I and II, venture capital funds investing in automotive-focused technology companies, on fund formation, operations and portfolio company investment transactions. 
  • Advised Da Vinci Capital on structuring and establishing of a new fund in Luxembourg to manage the entire Fintech project portfolio. Our mandate included advice on corporate governance matters, structuring documentation, drafting shareholders agreements, tax planning and tax advice. 
  • Sun Mountain Capital, a private equity firm with investment strategies in both direct investment and fund of funds programs spanning venture capital, mezzanine debt and growth equity, on fund formation and portfolio company and fund investment transactions, with total assets under management exceeding $890 million. 
  • Supporting Verno, an international investment company, managing the PE fund Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises in the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan. 
  • Bow River Capital 2017 Fund, a private equity sponsor focusing on lower-middle market buyout opportunities, in fund formation, operations and investment transactions, with a capital raise exceeding $260 million.