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David Williams

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David is a partner in the financial services group, a part of the firm’s financial markets department. He leads the private funds practice within that group. David’s expertise is in transactional, advisory and regulatory work in the asset management and investment funds sector. David has a particular focus on the private (or closed end) funds arena, including matters relating to private equity, real estate, infrastructure, debt and other alternative asset classes. David advises fund managers and promoters, as well as administrators, custodians and other service providers on the full range of investment funds and asset management matters. This includes fund structuring, formation and promotion, as well as the terms of investment management and other commercial agreements (whether in a fund or managed account context) as well as a host of operational and regulatory matters. He also regularly advises major institutional investors on the terms of their fund investments, highlighting legal risk issues and negotiating terms.


Investment funds team at a magic circle firm; Cayman Islands office of a law firm; head of UK investment funds team at an international law firm; joined Simmons & Simmons.

London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds

Within: Listed funds

At Simmons & Simmons, David Williams, Patrick Graves  and Chris Horton all have a track record of work for listed fund sponsors and investment banks on both fund IPOs and work for existing funds.

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Private funds

Within: Private funds

Simmons & Simmons has 'excellent depth of knowledge across all areas of the discipline, and always presents its advice in a realistic commercial context'. David Williams  is 'a credit to the profession - responsive, accurate and with a breadth of experience and commercial acumen', with  Matthew Pitman and Dale Gabbert also key contacts. In Africa, the team advised Investec on forming Investec Africa Private Equity Fund 3; Cindy Valentine  is a key contact for emerging markets work. Other asset classes include shipping funds. Institutional investor clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as the British Business Bank and the BT pension scheme.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
    - Simmons & Simmons

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