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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 were extremely responsive and their in-depth knowledge of the fund space was invaluable to us.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • 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 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
  • The responsiveness of the team, the willingness to go an extra mile, and a very commercial approach.
    Legal 500 2022
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Very personable team that are supportive and provide solid guidance.
    Legal 500 2022
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.

Deal 24 Oct 2022

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News 20 Oct 2022

Collas Crill: Chambers 2023 UK

Collas Crill has maintained its strong position in the Chambers & Partners United Kingdom 2023 directory, upholding its rankings across all practice areas, with the...

Insight 26 Sep 2022

Channel Islands and PIFs

Group Partner and head of our Jersey-based Funds team Sam Sturrock comments on the appeal of private investment funds in the Channel Islands in the latest edition of BL...

Insight 7 Sep 2022

The state of the funds industry

This article was first published in pan-Channel Islands publication Business Brief, Funds issue (September 2022) It has certainly been an interesting and unpredictable 2022...

News 17 Feb 2022

Africa investment opportunities

Guernsey's reputation as a jurisdiction of choice for global investments is well established. In recent years, Guernsey funds are becoming increasingly popular with African...

Insight 9 Aug 2021

SPAC to the future - part II

From 10 August 2021, the long awaited changes to the United Kingdom Listing Association (UKLA) Listing Rules will come into force, bringing the London Stock Exchange (LSE)...

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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

Introduction

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...

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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