Investment management

From sponsor and investor representation, regulatory filings and tax solutions, through its offices located around the globe, Withers offers 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.

We provide legal, regulatory and tax advice on the entire lifecycle of open-end and closed-end funds, and have the resources needed to handle all types and sizes of transactions. One of our key differentiators is our market-leading international tax advisory team that is highly proficient in structuring global and regional funds, using global tax treaties and regimes to achieve optimal tax efficiency for our clients. Our integrated legal and tax teams provide a unique ‘one-stop’ shop for all your legal and tax needs in forming, managing and investing your fund.

Our integrated team of over 20 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 specialises 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 such private equity funds, hedge funds, venture funds fund of funds, and real estate funds, among others.

Working with our corporate, financing and real estate investment partners across 17 offices globally, we also routinely advise on complex private equity, real estate and M&A transactions, whilst being compliant with the 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 funds
• 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

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Webinar series – Investing into Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong

Complex regulations, transparency and increasing tax turbulence’s are just some of the challenges facing investment managers and investors doing business in Asia. To navigate through these issues, we are hosting a series of webinars.

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Launch of Withers Asia Regional Funds Centre

Learn about our one-stop legal and tax services across all fund sectors to fund sponsors, investment advisers and investors.

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Launch of Withers Tech in Asia

The technology and startup scene in Asia is growing rapidly, with an increasing amount of investments and a rising number of unicorns emerging. To service the complex and ever-growing needs of the sector, we are pleased to announce the launch of Withers tech in Asia.

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I have always found their style and approach to be thoughtful, insightful, effective and efficient with the experience to provide the highest level of legal service allowing us to make informed decisions.

J L McCarrey III, Senior Vice President - McKinley Capital
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We have relied on Eric and his team for nearly twenty years. The team is excellent and we have been completely satisfied with their work.

PAG Real Estate
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Koji is the go to person for foreign asset managers in Japan. He is an expert for Japanese regulatory requirements but also has a good grasp of overseas, especially US, regulatory rules, which is quite unique. He is very commercial and can communicate complex regulatory issues and what impact they have on a business in a simple and concise manner.

Head of Compliance, Asia Pacific - one of Europe's leading asset managers
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Koji is one of the true financial regulatory specialists that operate in the Tokyo legal market and has an exceptional experience and technical knowledge of Japanese financial regulations and investment funds.

Chambers Asia Pacific

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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.

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.

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.

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.

US micro-venture capital fund

We completed the formation and private offering of a US micro-venture capital fund focusing on the business-to-business digital marketplace and have advised 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.

Vietnamese property investment fund

Acted for a Vietnamese property investment fund in its private placing/fundraising of USD$130 million to invest in commercial and property projects throughout Vietnam.

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.

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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

A private equity fund

We advised on the acquisition of a popular preschool and English enrichment centre chain in Singapore.

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.

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