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Clifford Chance LLP
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London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

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Gerard SaviolaClifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP remains a leading name in private funds, providing comprehensive advice on complex global matters in this space and offering clients ‘deep experience across the market’. The team’s client base includes a host of multi-strategy fund managers, who come to the practice for its ability to provide advice across a range of asset classes, fund structures and key jurisdictions. Alongside its work handling the establishment of credit, private equity, infrastructure and special situations funds, the team has a noteworthy presence in secondary transactions, including GP-led restructurings and the transfer of LP interests. Following the retirement of Nigel Hatfield in April 2022, Alexandra Davidson now serves as global head of funds and investment management and has substantial expertise in high-value fund launches; she is praised as a ‘brilliant, hands-on, pragmatic lawyer’. Gerard Saviola has wide-ranging expertise in this space, having previously worked in New York, Paris and Hong Kong. Alexander Chester and Jonathan Bray are also names to note in the team, while Lily Marcel was promoted to partner in May 2022 and is ‘calm and delivers a timely service’. Senior associate Vishal Mashru is praised as the ‘best right hand person you could have’.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds

(Leading individuals)

Gerard SaviolaClifford Chance LLP

The team at Clifford Chance LLP is co-led by head of real estate funds Gerard Saviola and head of the global private funds group Alexandra Davidson. The team of real estate specialists provide advice on a broad scope of matters, including real estate; private equity; infrastructure; debt and credit; and emerging market funds; it also has a strong reputation for its broad knowledge of the structuring issues that apply to real estate managers. The firm’s international platform allows it to work effectively on cross-border mandates for its global client base. Specialising in the establishment and operation of private investment funds across asset classes, Lily Marcel was promoted to partner in May 2022 is a notable team member. Also worthy of mention are Alexander Chester, experienced in advising on some of the team’s most complex funds work, and Jonathan Bray, whom has built a strong strong practice advising a global client base on the establishment, structuring and offering of closed and open-ended real estate funds. Former head of the private funds group Nigel Hatfield retired in April 2022.