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Investment funds and asset management

Our Hong Kong team advises asset managers throughout Asia on the legal and regulatory issues relating to the formation, structuring and on-going operation of private and public investment funds, including establishing European fund structures such as UCITS.

We also advise (in conjunction with local counsel in the relevant jurisdictions) on funds formed in a wide range of onshore and offshore jurisdictions (including BVI, Bermuda, Cayman, Delaware, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, the Netherlands and the UK). We also advise clients on all aspects of funds documentation, including offering memoranda, trust deeds, investment management, advisory and other service provider agreements.

Our team has advised global asset managers on the utilisation of QFII, RQFII and Stock Connect and has extensive experience in advising Asian-based asset managers on establishing European UCITS and other structures. The team is also able to advise on European regulatory issues which impact asset managers and service providers in Asia, such as UCITS V, AIFMD, EMIR and the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation and on the listing of investment funds on relevant exchanges. We also advise asset managers on registering UCITS funds with the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong (SFC), on the rules for marketing funds to investors in Hong Kong, on obtaining licences with the SFC and in dealing with the approval of new substantial shareholders and regulatory breaches.

How we help our clients

  • Private and public investment funds
  • Fund structuring
  • Documentation including deeds of trust and memoranda
  • Investment management and advisory agreements
  • Regulatory aspects including UCITS V, AIFMD and EMIR and Hong Kong SFC requirements
  • Fund licensing and approvals
  • Regulatory breaches