Willa Legal, a boutique Hong Kong law firm specializing in private investment funds matters, proudly announces the celebration of its second anniversary on October 30, 2023.Over the past two years, Willa Legal has emerged as a prominent legal firm in Hong Kong, providing comprehensive private fund formation, structuring and restructuring and securities law advisory services to fund managers, and fund investment, discretionary account legal review services to fund investors and family offices.

Since its inception, Willa Legal has been at the forefront of assisting Hong Kong SFC licensed fund managers in establishing private funds across various strategies and structures, including Cayman Islands exempted limited partnerships (ELPs), Cayman Islands segregated portfolio companies (SPCs), Hong Kong limited partnership funds (LPFs) and Hong Kong open-ended fund companies (OFCs). The strategies span across hedge, quant, fixed income, multi-strategy, private equity, venture capital, distressed assets, art and more. The firm’s deep expertise and commitment to excellence have positioned it as a trusted partner for fund managers seeking comprehensive legal support in navigating the complex landscape in the private investment fund and fund management sector.

In addition to serving the needs of local clients, Willa Legal has also been instrumental in advising overseas fund managers on establishing a presence in Hong Kong and facilitating the distribution of their funds within the region. The firm’s international network and understanding of cross-border legal requirements have played a pivotal role in supporting the growth and success of its global clientele.

Willa Legal’s outstanding achievements have been recognized by prestigious industry awards and accolades. In the past two years, the firm has been honored with the IFLR1000 Notable Firm for Hedge Funds award, highlighting its exceptional capabilities in the hedge fund sector. Furthermore, Willa Legal was named a Hong Kong Law Firm to Watch and the finalist of the Rising Law Firm of the Year award by Asian Legal Business, solidifying its reputation as an emerging force in the legal industry.

Founder and seasoned funds lawyer, Willa Chan, has received individual recognition for her contributions to the field. She has been acknowledged as a Rising Star Partner in Investment Funds by IFLR1000, showcasing her expertise and dedication to the sector. In addition, she has been named among the “Women to Watch” by LexisNexis in recognition of her achievements, leadership qualities and passion in the legal industry, and a finalist to the prestigious title of the Young Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business, further affirming her commitment to legal excellence and professional growth.

Reflecting on the firm’s achievements over the past two years, Willa Chan, Founder of Willa Legal, commented, “We are incredibly proud to celebrate our second anniversary and the milestones we have achieved. Our success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team, as well as the trust and support of our valued clients. We remain committed to delivering exceptional legal services and guiding our clients through the ever-evolving landscape of private investment funds.”

As Willa Legal enters its third year, the firm is excited to continue its journey of excellence, innovation, and client-focused service. With a strong foundation and a deep understanding of the industry, Willa Legal is poised to further expand its presence and consolidate its position as a leading boutique law firm in private investment funds.


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