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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2


Goodwin's private investment funds team in Hong Kong, which is embedded within a larger global network of funds lawyers, has closed more than 350 funds since 2013. Noted for its emphasis on acting for general partners, it acts for Asian and global sponsors as well as start-ups on their most sophisticated fund structuring mandates, and is a go-to practice for fundraisings targeted at investors worldwide. It also advises on fund operational issues, secondary transactions and fund manager M&A, among other matters. The team's expertise spans a wide variety of asset classes, including buyout funds, real estate funds, mezzanine debt funds, hedge funds and infrastructure funds. India-related funds (particularly India-focused venture capital funds) are a notable sweet spot of the practice, and make up a significant proportion of the firm's workload. In 2017, Brian McDaniel led a team that advised Indian venture capital firm Nexus Ventures on the formation of Nexus Ventures V, which focuses on investments in early-stage and growth companies. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of work for China-focused venture capital funds; in one example, McDaniel and others acted for SBCVC in the establishment of SBCVC Fund VI. McDaniel co-heads the practice with Greg Barclay, who has been practising for more than 15 years and recently relocated from the London office. Other clients of the firm include Saama Capital/SVB India, Capital Today China, Hillhouse Capital, Korea Investment Corporation and Mayfield India.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 5


Headed by the experienced Yash Rana and recently strengthened by the arrival of Doug Freeman and Victor Chen from Paul Hastings LLP, Goodwin now has the critical mass to handle a significant volume of mandates for a wide array of local and global private equity sponsors including Advent International, Bain Capital Ventures, Baring Private Equity Asia, FountainVest Partners and Hillhouse Capital Management. Although it is active across a wide array of industry sectors, the office is particularly accomplished in TMT and life sciences, which are sector strengths for the firm generally; recent highlights include Rana's representation of Hillhouse Capital Management on its $260m Series B investment in CStonePharmaceuticals with co-investors GIC and Sequoia Capital.

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