Matthew Keogh > Linklaters LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Linklaters LLP

Work Department

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)).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

Great support from other groups within the firm such as tax, financial and regulatory‘ reinforces the four partner-strong investment funds team at Linklaters LLP, which is led by key partner Matthew Keogh. In addition to a robust Luxembourg presence, the firm also boasts a significant LP offering, with investor-side mandates constituting at least 30% of the London team’s total workload. In a major ongoing mandate, Jonathan de Lance Holmes and newly made-up partner Rahul Manvatkar are advising SoftBank Investment Advisers on the operations and subsequent closings of the world’s largest technology fund valued at $98bn. The ‘creative, flexible, hands-on and commercialTom Alabaster is recommended given the insight he can offer from his previous in-house experience at The Carlyle Group. ‘Highly capable associates‘ are also part and parcel of the practice;  among them managing associates Clare Baker and Charmaine Yeoh. Baker specialises in representing institutional investors, while Yeoh has prior experience at the firm’s Hong Kong office.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds

Highlighted by one client for its ‘practical approach‘, Linklaters LLP‘s real estate funds activity is conducted by the firm’s broader investment funds practice . Besides a core roster of real estate asset management clients, certain sovereign wealth funds also instruct the team, which additionally boasts a growing Limited Partners (LP) offering. Mandates for private real estate funds constituted the majority of the firm’s recent work, diversified by some listed real estate fund mandates. The London office has access to Luxembourg vehicle-specific expertise, thanks to the firm’s robust Luxembourg office. Open-ended fund and illiquid asset specialist Matthew Keogh is team head; recently made-up partner (May 2019) Rahul Manvatkar works across the full range of open-ended and closed-ended vehicles and is noted for his funds regulatory expertise.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

Linklaters LLP has a strong capability in the hedge funds sphere, with clients valuing its ability to deliver a mix of fund structuring, regulatory and tax support. Under the leadership of global investment funds head Matthew Keogh, the firm attracts a significant flow of work from clients such as Alcentra, Brevan Howard, Squarepoint and Och-Ziff. Keogh and others advise Deutsche Bank on hedge fund products it manages, and provide ongoing support on AIFMD and business-critical Brexit-related issues. The firm also has a growing investor practice, and generates work from more than 20 pension funds and other institutional investors. Rahul Manvatkar made partner in May 2019. Senior partner Jonathan de Lance-Holmes is another key figure.