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Investment Funds, Private Equity & Venture Capital

There's little doubt that for every challenge in the current market, an opportunity emerges. Having the right team to exploit these opportunities gives you a definite advantage. At Collas Crill we work with our clients to take advantage of opportunities at all stages in the investment life cycle.

Our fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. We have particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures. We provide a highly personalised service working with our clients and their onshore counsel to build in depth relationships over the long term.

The depth of our funds practice is drawn from some of the world’s largest law firms with experience in a range of jurisdictions meaning we truly understand the needs and demands of onshore counsel, investors and their clients. We are well accustomed to working across time zones, seamlessly managing matters and transactions between our Caribbean and European offices. So no matter where our clients are based, we offer real time advice when and where it is need.

Delivering the best technical solution is a given, but we aim to deliver more by using our global experience to advise on emerging trends and the latest market practice. This is why we are increasingly recognised as one of the leading offshore funds law firms, fast establishing a reputation for blending technical excellence, innovative and commercially minded solutions with a truly global outlook.

  • The Collas Crill team are not only experts but personable. They are a pleasure to deal with. Although a smaller player in the funds market, they provide a more personal touch.
    Legal 500 2022
  • The Collas Crill team have a very hands on approach and like to understand the holistic picture when it comes to clients and their objectives.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • They are very responsive; they take note of our requirements as clients and implement them straight away.
    Chambers and Partners 2020
  • Collas Crill provided us with jurisdiction-specific advice in a specialized field in connection with an investment in a venture capital fund based in Jersey. They were able to provide the exact services we needed in the fund formation space.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Great and knowledgeable lawyers, very responsive.
    Legal 500 2022
  • They are collaborators in the truest sense and combined with their strong technical skills and desire to provide a first class client service, they are firm we enjoy working with.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • The Collas Crill team are consistently knowledgeable and helpful. Over the years I have dealt with the firm, the personnel may have changed but the level of service has remained the same.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Very personable team that are supportive and provide solid guidance.
    Legal 500 2022
  • The Investment Funds team at Collas Crill is excellent at providing strong commercial solutions and a high calibre of client care. They are always responsive and are highly knowledgeable about changes in the law. I would highly recommend them.
    Legal 500 2022
  • The responsiveness of the team, the willingness to go an extra mile, and a very commercial approach.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Collas Crill is my preferred offshore law firm. They are very focussed, responsive, cost conscious and pro active. Every funds lawyer I worked with at Collas Crill was extremely technically able. They offer a very commercial approach and add value.
  • The were extremely responsive and their in-depth knowledge of the fund space was invaluable to us.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Very approachable and one of the only teams in Guernsey with the real depth and knowledge to launch and maintain investment funds.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • They are very responsive, if someone is not in the office there is a backup which is communicated upfront. Client service is of high quality. It feels like they form a unity, a team, aligned with their company’s values and driven to one common goal.
    Legal 500 2022
Investment Funds, Private Equity & Venture Capital services
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Our teams have extensive experience of working with cutting edge technology businesses in this emerging sector. We have the corporate and regulatory expertise to ensure our clients are assisted with the launch of their blockchain or cryptocurrency businesses, or to raise funds through the issue of virtual tokens. We have advised on the launch of a number of virtual currency exchangers, crypto investment fund managers and funds, and international groups and clients on fundraisings, including raising funds through virtual token offerings.

Funds Finance

Fund financing covers a range of financing possibilities but most commonly involves capital call or subscription facilities. It is a specialist area that requires an understanding of fund structuring, the risks involved in lending to funds and specific security requirements. Underlying relationships between investors, borrowers and lenders are key to the success of the industry. We work with lenders and borrowers to maintain these relationships at every stage of the process, with our commercial, efficient and pragmatic approach to managing transactions.

Investor-side Advisory Services

In a world of ever-increasing accountability, we are increasingly instructed by sovereign wealth funds, ultra high net worth individuals and funds of funds to review potential investments and negotiate side-letters. We offer our clients a fast, efficient service with minimum fuss. This aspect of our practice gives us unparalleled insight of what is and is not the 'market standard'; something our clients highly appreciate.

Investment Business Licensing and Approvals

Investment Business Licensing and Approvals

Investment Fund Formation

Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional private equity and real estate structures we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We provide bespoke structuring solutions to allow our clients to build the fund they want as opposed to a generic template of the market standard. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

Management and Advisory Contracts

In addition to advising on the establishment of investment structures we advise on the drafting and interpretation of investment management and advisory mandates including performance fees and remuneration packages. Our practical yet precise approach in this highly technical area is driven by significant onshore experience. Performance related fee structures and incentives need to consider and capture the widest range of potential scenarios - our depth of expertise enables us to achieve that.

Unregulated and Private Investment Structures

Our investment practice is not simply limited to regulated investment funds. We also advise clients on a range of unregulated and private structures allowing new promoters to build a track record or investment clubs to access particular investments without incurring the time or financial cost of entering the regulatory regime. Our team's experience in this often overlooked area of the investment sector can help our clients manage regulation and plan their structures for future growth without unnecessary limitations.

News 5 Jun 2023

New corporate partner in BVI

Collas Crill has appointed Greg Boyd as Partner in its Corporate, Finance and Funds team in the British Virgin Islands. Greg is a transactional lawyer with more than 15...

Deal 12 Apr 2023

Collas Crill assists landmark IPO

Collas Crill has played an integral part in a landmark IPO of a Guernsey collective investment scheme. Onward Opportunities Limited (OOL) is a newly incorporated Guernsey...

News 17 Feb 2023

Chambers Global Guide 2023 rankings

Collas Crill has enhanced its position in the Chambers & Partners Global 2023 directory, with additional rankings for its corporate teams across its BVI and Cayman...

Insight 13 Feb 2023

Q&A: Emerging Cayman fund managers

Are you looking to launch a fund based in the Cayman Islands? In this article, Collas Crill Partner Natalie Bell summarises the five questions she asks from the outset to...

Life & Careers 8 Feb 2023

Corporate team appointment

Collas Crill has appointed Fawaz Elmalki to its Corporate, Finance and Funds team in Cayman. Based in Canada, Fawaz specialises in investment fund formation matters and...

News 1 Feb 2023

Collas Crill advises Affinity Fund

Collas Crill has advised GemCap Investment Funds (Ireland) plc (GemCap) in relation to the launch of the Affinity Sustainable Growth Fund, the latest addition to its...

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Guide 7 Mar 2023

Marketing to investors and raising capital in Jersey

Jersey is considered by many as one of the leading international financial hubs. This reputation has been enhanced by Jersey having a well-respected financial system which...

Guide 7 Jul 2022

Private Fund Regimes in Guernsey and Jersey - A Comparison

Over recent years both Guernsey and Jersey have updated their respective private fund regimes, both of which have generated significant interest from fund promoters who...

Guide 3 Jun 2022

Private investment funds in Guernsey

Guernsey's Private Investment Fund (PIF) regime recognises that for some promoters, the nature of the target investors warrants a more flexible...

Guide 19 May 2021

Collas Crill explains… What is a Guernsey fund?

This is part of a series of guides in which we examine areas of Guernsey law that frequently arise in practice. Further guides will be released weekly; click here to...

Guide 3 Apr 2021

BVI Incubator and Approved Funds


The BVI's incubator and approved funds continue to be extremely popular and cost-effective for fund start-ups and...

Guide 26 Feb 2021

A guide to the BVI approved manager regime

On 18 February 2020, the EU recognised the BVI as a fully co-operative tax jurisdiction in line with EU good-governance standards. This recognition, together with the...

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