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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, Asian 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.

  • They are very responsive; they take note of our requirements as clients and implement them straight away.
    Chambers and Partners 2020
Investment Funds, Private Equity & Venture Capital services
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
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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
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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
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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
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Investment Business Licensing and Approvals

Investment Fund Formation
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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
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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
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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.

Insight 2 Mar 2021

Fund innovation and incubators

This article was co-authored by Christian Hidalgo, Of Counsel at Collas Crill, and Simon Gray, Head of Business Development and Marketing at BVI Finance, and published in...

Insight 1 Mar 2021

JPUTs - still relevant?

With light appearing at the end of the long pandemic tunnel and a return to a world where the word 'lockdown' is not used on a day to day basis both at work and at home, we...

Insight 17 Dec 2020

Jersey for fund start ups

This article was produced by Sam Sturrock of Collas Crill and Paul Monahan of Langham Hall for Jersey Fund Services in Focus 2020, published by Global Fund Media. To...

Insight 14 Dec 2020

Jersey Fund Comparison

We often receive queries from clients, managers, investors or intermediaries, looking for a high-level comparison of the key differences between the Jersey Private Fund and...

Insight 9 Dec 2020

Guernsey and Brexit

The end of the Brexit transition period is on 31 December 2020. Although 2020 has been an eventful year in so many ways, businesses need to consider what the end of the...

Insight 25 Nov 2020

Acquisition IPOs are SPAC

This article was produced by Sam Sturrock of Collas Crill and Shervin Binesh of Sanne for Jersey - First for Finance, published by The Times Group on behalf of Jersey...

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Guide 3 Apr 2021

BVI Incubator and Approved Funds

Introduction

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

Guide 6 Mar 2020

New Registration regime for Cayman Islands Private Funds and Mutual Funds

What has changed? Existing entities which fall within the definition of a Private Fund under the Law have until 7 August 2020 (the 'Transition Period') to register with the...

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A Guide to The Guernsey Private Investment Fund (PIF)

2019 Guernsey's PIF regime recognises that for some funds the nature of the target investors warrants a more flexible, cost-effective and timely approach to regulation and...

Guide 28 Jan 2019

Jersey property unit trusts

A Jersey Property Unit Trust (JPUT) is a type of Jersey trust which is usually used as a vehicle to hold UK commercial real estate assets. A JPUT is a trust and so, unlike...

Guide 2 Sep 2019

Guernsey's Prospectus Rules 2018

The Prospectus Rules 2018 were issued by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) and replace the Prospectus Rules 2008. The Prospectus Rules seek to provide a...

Guide 26 Jul 2019

E-ID as valid evidence of identity in Jersey

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) recently updated its AML/CFT Handbook for regulated financial services businesses (Handbook) to expressly permit evidence of...

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