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Dechert LLP

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Christopher Gardner

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Dechert LLP

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Financial services and investment management.


Christopher Gardener’s practice focuses on the structuring and establishment of private funds domiciled in a range of onshore and offshore jurisdictions and across a range of asset classes, including hedge, hybrid, debt, buyout, listed equity, real estate, renewable energy and agriculture/timber funds. Mr Gardner has acted for sponsors and investors from Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the CIS.


Partner 2013. Publications of note: ‚ÄėLaw and Regulation of Investment Management‚Äô (Private Equity Funds chapter, Sweet & Maxwell).




University of Exeter (1997 LLB European); The College of Law, York (1998 LPC); Universität des Saarlandes (1999 LLM).

London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds

Within: Hedge funds

Dechert LLP handles a range of hedge fund work for a mixture of managers, many of which involving structures domiciled in the European Union. Mikhaelle Schiappacasse, who was promoted to partner at the start of 2018, and Abigail Bell  also handle work for notable managers, some of which involving Irish structures. Christopher Gardner and senior associate Gemma Long  are recommended for their 'quality of service and advice'. Clients include Gemcorp Capital, Sloane Robinson and Cheyne Capital, as well as new spin-out managers such as Whitecroft Capital Management plus heavyweight limited partners. Peter Astleford has retired.

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Private funds

Within: Private funds

Dechert LLP 'has a solid practice with capabilities across many areas of private funds'. Debt funds are a particular area of strength; the practice is often called on to handles complex European regulatory issues and matters at the crossover of hedge and private funds. The 'brilliantly commercial' Gus Black  is 'a total star of the credit fund formation space'. Other key figures include Christopher Gardner, who is 'an established and high-performing private equity and private credit partner'; Stuart Martin, who is 'a key name in the funds community, with a growing credit funds practice'; and Abigail Bell. Clients include Cheyne Capital, Columna Capital and Gemcorp Capital.

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