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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

Private funds

Within: Private funds

Simmons & Simmons has extensive experience across the whole asset management sector, with private funds forming part of its practice alongside its particularly well-known strength in hedge funds. The firm frequently advises clients, including large fund managers, fund service providers and large institutional investors, on complex matters and is willing to tailor advice and challenge clients. Key lawyers include private funds head David Williams, as well as Dale Gabbert, Matthew Pitman and Cindy Valentine . The London team benefits from an international network including a Dublin office launched in 2018 by funds partner Fionán Breathnach.

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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.
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