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Hedge Fund Lawyers

Our law firm HFH Chambers is a specialist expert finance practice that guides you through all stages of fund set up, operations, marketing and compliance with a market leading team. We understand the start up fund market like nobody else and we share risk with clients we onboard. Talk to people who really get it.

HFH Chambers lawyers have trained at top 10 global law firms and have in-house experience at funds or investment management companies. This gives us a broader perspective and ability to understand investment management from all sides.  HFH Chambers advises primarily on hedge fund set up, advising managers and funds of all sizes and strategies in over 50 countries.

HFH is a global leader in advising small seed funds (<$25mn) with record success and survival rates for viable funds well above industry average. HFH is the only firm that can bring its legal, marketing, advisory, operational and counterparty knowhow together in the process of hedge fund set up; this means our clients have far more expert input on hedge fund set up than our competitors can provide as well as substantial time and cost advantages. 

 We advise on

  • Fund establishment - BVI, Cayman, Dubai, Malta, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Singapore primarily, however we advise on other jurisdictions which may serve our clients purposes, e.g. for film finance or to take advantage of particular treaties
  • Listing of funds - technical and trading
  • Investment Management Company establishment
  • Managed Accounts
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Counterparty Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Private Equity
  • Intellectual Property - relating to funds and trading systems
  • Fund "mergers"
  • Fund redomiciliation - e.g. from Cayman to EU and vice versa (applicable for EU countries that have redomiciliation treaties with Cayman)
  • Marketing
  • Compliance
  • Bond Issues

 Additional Services

  • Secondment of lawyers to act as general counsel for client management companies and/or funds
  • Secondment of lawyers to act as directors and MLRO for management companies and/or funds 
  • Secondment of finance lawyers to advise regulators, think tanks and professional bodies and provide expert evidence
  • Registered office and company secretariat services

 AIFMD 

  • AIFMD presents opportunities and challenges for managers. The complexity and cost often involved in complying with AIFMD has resulted in some managers seeking to move funds out of the EU. If you are considering this note that some EU funds jurisdictions have treaties with Cayman that allow you to redomicile your fund without going through liquidation, losing track and exiting investors. Equally Cayman funds can redomicile to some EU jurisdictions. HFH is one of few firms advising on redomiciliation. Contact us to find our more. 
  • Funds with less than 100mn AUM may opt out of AIFMD. Contact us to understand how different EU jurisdictions apply AIFMD and what your hedge fund set up and structuring options are.
  • Tired of wrestling with AIFMD compliance? Contact us for more information and an easier more cost effective solution.

The legal team is led by HFH partner Ashminder Kaur. Ashminder joined law firm Clifford Chance (London) after graduating from Oxford University and went on to work for a FTSE 100 company before helping found the European division of HFH. Ashminder is a leading finance expert advising on a range of strategies and jurisdictions and one of very few experts advising on small seed funds and building pre-fund track. She has lived in Kenya, Canada and Europe and is a multi-jurisdictional funds expert with considerable operational and strategic experience as well as an experienced general counsel. Ashminder sits as a director on funds, advises regulators and acts as an expert panellist. She has several publications in finance journals. Email Ashminder on: ak@hedgefundhotel.co.uk

HEDGE FUND CONSULTANTS

HFH hedge fund consultants are highly rated and provide a broad range of advisory services, including: hedge fund set up options, pre-fund track, 3 year marketing strategy, preparation and pitching of marketing material, building a team, team management, counterparty options (see Counterparties), comparative jurisdictions, compliance, third party regulatory cover options and crisis management (what to do when performance is poor).

We address a broad range of questions and are your sounding board on e.g. whether it's better to start with managed accounts or a fund, what jurisdiction to put your fund or management company in, how to make your product more interesting and unique, which counterparties should you speak to, how to get regulatory cover, what it all costs, what you should offer seed investors and advice on what investors and seeders look for, how do you scale, who should you speak to and when.

Note the chance of investment from major seeders can be as low as 1/350 and there is no guarantee any cap intro team will be successful in raising money for your fund. Track is king and investors need a track record they can rely on in addition you need to meet their AUM and due diligence criteria and consider whether they already have exposure to the assets you trade. If you are trading your own account you need to understand how to manage and present this. HFH can prepare your soft marketing and marketing material for you. HFH works with managers to think through all the steps they need to get from a great idea to a great fund.

We start with you:

  • What income levels are you looking for, how big is your team, what are the cash flow needs of your team and how marketable is your product? Do you want enough to live comfortably on while running your own fund and working for yourself, or is your aim to create a billion dollar fund and be a top manager?
  • What is your appetite for risk?  We look at what would you risk in terms of time and costs and allow you to consider your options fully.
  • Do you understand how to work with counterparties and a team? How good a team player and leader are you? What leadership attitude do you bring to the table and will people like working with you? Can you handle pressure? Do you understand the importance of maintaining good relationships with professionals you work with and how a failure to do so can damage your reputation and interests and even lead to counterparties walking away? Do not underestimate the importance of being polite and professional, you are the face of your business and finance is a small world. If you are a start up manager in a small seed fund good relationship skills are critical.
  • Do you understand what it takes to manage a fund - operationally,  do you know who you need to talk to and when; how are your communication skills with investors; do you understand how you can market at different stages of fund growth and what investors look for, do you understand the odds you face in getting investment at each stage and how you can innovate?; have you looked at all aspects you need to consider and are you ready to take control of your fund?
  • How much confidence do you have in yourself and your strategy to succeed?
  • What is important to you and how carefully do you consider substance over image or rely on what you hear without proper investigation?
  • Do you need more team members or more seed? HFH can introduce managers to potential team members with seed (see Team Builder).

A single meeting with our advisors should be enough to give you a substantial amount of information on hedge fund set up options and clarity on the way forward. Tired of running around getting pieces of confusing information from different places? Contact us and get all the information you need clearly and objectively in one place.

BOND ISSUES

HFH Chambers, finance specialist law firm of HFH Group advises on bond issues. Specialising in acting for private companies and recognised for expertise in advising companies issuing bonds for the first time, HFH delivers more than anyone else at prices that allow more firms to access this form of raising finance.

 

 What we bring to the table:

  • Low cost bond issue solutions in over 50 countries
  • FCA regulated company approval for the invitation document / IM (or equivalent in non-UK countries)
  • International administrators to provide paying agency and registrar services at very competitive rates
  • Top auditors introductions
  • Major banking introductions
  • Marketing and strategy input
  • Security Trustee - HFH Limited acts as security trustee for bondholders

Contact us to find out more and get client testimonals: team1@hedgefundhotel.co.uk

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