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Matthew Keogh

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Investment management


Matt is the Global Head of Linklaters’ Investment Management Group. He advises on all aspects of private institutional investment products and transactions. Matt acts for both sponsors and investors and his experience covers the structuring and management of funds and managed accounts investing in illiquid assets, particularly in real estate, private equity and credit. He also has experience in private equity style joint ventures and equity syndication, fund equity and debt financing (acting for both sponsors and banks), M&A related to independent and captive investment operations and secondary disposals of fund interests.

Work highlights:

Matt has led on a wide range of complex investment fund transactions. These include advising:

  • Macquarie Bank on the raising of a number of infrastructure debt funds
  • Deutsche Bank Private Equity on a range of private equity secondaries and private equity funds
  • a large Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund on the disposal of a US$2bn portfolio of private equity interests
  • CBRE on its latest value add European real estate fund, Alinda on the European sleeve of its latest infrastructure fund, Alcentra, the European leader in leveraged loans, on the establishment of the Alcentra Special Situations Fund;
  • an international investment bank on the establishment of its real estate and private markets investment clubs
  • Aviva Investors Global Services Limited on the raising of a European alternative energy fund and a Tokyo property fund
  • a range of cornerstone investors from North America and the Middle East on their investment into market leading European private equity and credit funds
  • and a large middle eastern sovereign wealth fund on the disposition of a US$2bn portfolio of private equity interests.


Macquarie Graduate School of Management 1996 – 1998; associate Freehills, Sydney 1998–2001, senior associate Freehills, Sydney 2002 –2007; managing associate Linklaters, London 2007 –2012, partner Linklaters, London 2012 to date.


Macquarie University (1995 BA LLB (Hons)).

London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds

Within: Hedge funds

Linklaters LLP 's 'hedge fund team is very responsive and targeted to clients' product lines - it can advise on the full range of funds issues, with a practice depth covering closed-ended LP-GP structures and investment trusts'. Matthew Keogh 'can handle anything you throw at him' - he and counsel Rahul Manvatkar advise Deutsche Bank's global investment solution teams on various hedge fund matters, including on relationships with managers using its Irish-domiciled platform. Jonathan de Lance-Holmes, who also has experience of advising quant funds, advised Brevan Howard Capital Management on making a minority investment into another asset management business. Other clients include Morgan Stanley.

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Private funds

Within: Private funds

At Linklaters LLP, Jonathan de Lance-Holmes continues to advise SoftBank on the Softbank Vision Fund; he and counsel Rahul Manvatkar advised on the creation of a sidecar running alongside it entitled the SoftBank Delta Fund to invest in DiDi, which was constrained due to the terms of the Vision Fund. Matthew Keogh advised cornerstone client Macquarie on creating an infrastructure debt fund. Tom Alabaster is a new hire from Latham & Watkins - his work includes Asia-related fund formation work. The firm also acts for Middle Eastern, Asian and North American institutional investors. Edward Smith has left the firm.

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Real estate funds

Within: Real estate funds

At¬†Linklaters LLP, counsel¬†Rahul Manvatkar¬†advised Barings Real Estate Advisers on the launch of a pan-European core real estate fund, which raised ‚ā¨850m.¬†¬†Matthew Keogh¬†advises well-known names in real estate on fund formations, while¬†Amanda Sanchez-Barry¬†advised ProLogis on forming a ¬£1bn joint venture investing in British logistics assets. Tom Watkins¬†advised Cromwell Europe on the sale of two of its real estate funds to a new entity which was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Jonathan de Lance-Holmes¬†handles investor-side work for sovereign wealth funds. Edward Smith has left the firm, while Tom Alabaster¬†joined from Latham & Watkins. BlackRock is another client.

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