Our integrated legal and tax teams offer a one-stop shop for forming, managing and investing in funds. We have helped some of the world’s most successful fund managers, sponsors and investors to navigate complex cross-border legal, regulatory and tax issues.
From sponsor and investor representation, regulatory filings and tax solutions, through its offices located around the globe, we offer a multi-practice, comprehensive service to investors and fund managers in the ever-changing regulatory climate.We have advised some of the most successful fund managers, sponsors and investors, navigate complex cross-border legal, regulatory and tax issues to ensure their continuation of success.
Our integrated team of senior funds partners are based in the major financial and capital raising hubs of Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and London. The team specializes in the legal, regulatory and international tax advisory aspects of fund structuring, marketing, formation, management, financing, disposing and investing. Our experience spans across a wide range of jurisdictions, practices, industry sectors and funds types.
Working with our corporate, financing and real estate investment partners across 17 offices globally, we routinely advise on complex private equity, real estate and M&A transactions, as well as focusing on compliance and regulatory needs in various jurisdictions.
Regardless of your investment strategy and profile, our firm’s breadth of resources allows us to deliver solutions that are tailored to your fund activities across the world.
Fund types we work with:
- Private equity funds
- Hedge fund
- Venture funds
- Real estate funds
- Fund of funds
- Private investment in public equity funds (PIPE funds)
- Special purpose acquisition (SPAC funds)
- Cryptocurrency funds
- Insurance dedicated funds (IDF funds)
- Hybrid funds / opportunity funds
- Media and entertainment funds
- Art funds
- Commodity pools
- EB-5 funds
- Life settlement funds
- Debt funds
- Litigation finance funds
Establishment of two Singapore-domiciled fund vehicles
Advised on the establishment of two Singapore-domiciled fund vehicles, the EFA Real Economy Income Trust and the EFA Financial Institutions Debt Fund.
Investment in energy management company NaviX Solutions
Represented EDB New Ventures on the incubation of and on the investment in energy management company NaviX Solutions, alongside energy and automation multinational Schneider Electric.
Singapore regulatory advice
Advised Nuveen's Singapore office on Singapore regulatory advice in its capacity as a licensed fund manager in Singapore.
Advising on Japan regulatory issues
Represented Monex, Inc. as lead and Japan counsel to establish a fund in the Cayman Islands and advised on related Japan regulatory issues
Global venture capital fund
Representing a global venture capital fund as the Japan counsel in relation to all Japan financial regulatory activities with a fund size of US$550 million
Leading alternative investment management firm
Representing a leading alternative investment management firm with approximately US$473 billion in assets under management and supervision as Japan fund counsel for all of the firm's funds offered into Japan.
Leading investment firm
Representing an investment firm with approximately US$105 billion in assets under management as Japan fund counsel for all of the firm's funds which are offered into Japan.
One of the world’s largest investment managers
Represented one of the world’s largest investment managers (US$989 billion AUM) as Japan counsel to successfully register to engage in a discretionary investment management business, investment advisory and agency business and Type 2 Financial Instruments Trading Business
International investment management firm
Represented an international investment management firm in a Series C round investment in a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle by subscribing Series C preferred shares for a total consideration of US$15,000,000.
International investment management firm
Represented an international investment management firm in its investment in a Beijing-based developer of an open-source, distributed SQL database for real-time analytics by purchasing Series D preferred shares for a total consideration of US$30,000,000.
Draper Esprit on US$60M Series B funding of FintechOS
Advising Draper Esprit on the US$60 million Series B funding of FintechOS, a leading European fintech whose technology dramatically reduces the time it takes for financial institutions to build end-to-end digital products.
A private equity fund
We advised on the acquisition of a popular preschool and English enrichment centre chain in Singapore.
Lead tax advisor in over 20 transactions
in various asset classes, private equity, real estate, and alternative investments, from Singapore into Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand.
Asian Sovereign fund
Acting for a sovereign fund (seller) with regard to disposal of all their shares in a BVI company to Middle Eastern HNWIs.
$70M investment to fund partnership with Nike
Acted for ETF Partners, who led a $70M investment into E-Leather, a UK-based company developing patented high-tech materials technology. This Series C funding is for their partnership with Nike to develop the Flyleather line.
$10,000,000 Series A venture funding round
Withers acted for risk intelligence start up Arachnys on their $10M Series A venture funding round led by QED Investors, alongside other investors.
$10,500,000 Series D venture funding round
Withers acted for Festicket Ltd on their $10.5M Series D venture funding round led by Beringea, with additional investors including InMotion Ventures, Channel 4's Commercial Growth Fund, Lepe Partners, U-Start and ex Spinnin' Records CEO Eelko Van Kooten.conversation. Better conversation, in turn, leads to stronger community and connection.
$22,000,000 Series B venture funding round
Withers acted for London based open source security company Snyk on their $22M Series B venture funding round led by Accel, with additional investors including Boldstart Ventures, GV and Heavybit.
£30,000,000 Series A venture funding round investment into Cazoo
Withers acted for the investors into online used car marketplace Cazoo Limited on their £30,000,000 Series A venture funding round with investors including Delin Ventures, Entrée Capital, Octopus Ventures, and Stride VC and dmg ventures.
US micro-venture capital fund
Formation and private offering of a US micro-venture capital fund focusing on the business-to-business digital marketplace and advice on its investments in three portfolio companies: a platform providing athletes and parents with a suite of online tools to streamline the recruiting process; a platform providing restaurants with a trained food delivery staff and system as well as an app which communicates orders received by restaurants; and a platform that allows manufacturers and distributors in the IT sector to communicate with resellers of their products.
Windup of real estate fund
Handle sale out of multiple apartment assets owned by an offshore fund, together with windup of entity. Windup and liquidation of foreign corporation included issues of law of Curacao, Hong Kong and California/US.
Negligence claim for hedge fund exit advice
Our client suffered losses when they engaged a law firm to advise on their exit from the partnership of a hedge fund. We represented him on a claim of more than £5 million against the law firm for negligent advice.
The US-born son of a UK businessman
When he became engaged to a Swiss citizen, the son of a high-profile UK businessman asked us to help him obtain a British Passport and expatriate from the US. We were also asked to draft a prenuptial agreement. Timing was of the essence but as a global, full-service firm we created a team of immigration, family and private client lawyers to meet tight deadlines.
Charman v Charman
In collaboration with our family law experts, we advised in this high profile and complex divorce case which may be seen as the apogee of the English divorce jurisdiction's robust attitude towards offshore trusts. It marked the widening gap between the trust industry on the one hand and the family division on the other as to the respect to be accorded to trusts, and it remains a seminal case in this field today.
A large private equity fund
Withers has a century of experience in advising high net worth individuals and organizations. So we were pleased to work closely with seven principals of a $1 billion-plus fund to facilitate the most tax-efficient transfer of their interests in a new fund into wealth holding vehicles.
26 January 2023 | Article
An update on the rules and regulations governing the private placements of fund interests to Japan investors – January 2023
22 September 2022 | Article
Singapore: SAL and SVCA launch Venture Capital Investment Model Agreements (VIMA) 2.0
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