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Andrew Akintewe’s team at Brodies LLP recently recruited Karen Fountain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Fountain’s expertise includes fund structuring, co-investment and managed account arrangements, and fund management start-ups and spin-outs. Regulatory expert Frank Doran is experienced in the formation and operation of a wide range of vehicles, including non-UCITS retail funds, unit trusts and regulated OEICs. The firm’s recent work for FIM Services included the structuring, formation and fundraising of FIM Timberland LP. Paul McLaughlin was promoted to managing associate in 2015.

Burness Paull LLP’s Alan Soppitt is an expert in the use of Scottish limited partnerships in private equity funds and other fund structures; he assisted Ardian with forming its seventh secondary fund. Other clients include BlackRock, KKR and international law firms. Soppitt’s other strengths include fund finance and asset-backed funding for pension schemes. Paula Kennedy heads the firm’s investor-side practice and is experienced advising in relation to private equity and alternative funds.

CMS’ expertise covers listed vehicles, regulated vehicles and unregulated vehicles such as venture capital trusts and limited partnerships. Karagh Gilliatt, who ‘always makes herself available for client queries’, acted for Standard Life Investments in a highly complex business integration with Ignis Asset Management. Colin Lawrie primarily handles the formation of real estate and private equity buyout funds for clients including Clyde Blowers Capital, but he is also experienced in limited partner investments and sales of secondary interests.

Bruce Minto and Douglas Armstrong jointly head Dickson Minto WS’ practice, which has a strong track record acting for leading Scottish fund managers, such as Aberdeen Asset Management, Baillie Gifford and Standard Life Investments. The firm has seen an uptick in OEIC-related instructions, and recently advised Valu-Trac on the launch of nine new OEICs or sub-funds of OEICs.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s team is experienced in dealing with a wide range of issues connected with open-ended, closed-end listed and alternative investment funds. In addition to forming and launching investment vehicles, the group handles associated corporate deals, fund lending work and regulatory issues (including those involving FATCA and AIFMD). Guy Norfolk’s group includes David Young and Michael Livingston; all three split their time between London and Edinburgh.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice focuses on closed-end listed funds for clients such as Alliance Trust PLC, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust and European Assets Trust. The firm also handles mandates from asset managers, including F&C Asset Management, Baillie Gifford and Blackstone. Paul Hally, Gordon Downie and Patrick Bell are names to note. Former practice head Michael Wylie joined Baillie Gifford in 2015.

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