Private Capital

Encompassing the alternative asset classes and institutional investors, our private capital industry group brings together private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, hedge funds and infrastructure funds. 

From the impact of oil prices on sovereign wealth funds to increased legal and regulatory scrutiny across alternative asset classes and a highly competitive marketplace in all areas, investors continue to seek opportunities. By casting their nets wider in search of untapped potential – be it new sectors or regions – and diversifying their strategies, the private capital segment remains committed to delivering returns and driving the sector forward through a series of increasingly complex and sophisticated transactions.

Working with our clients across the sector, Shearman & Sterling's global, multidisciplinary team has deep knowledge and experience in advising the funds and investors which comprise the private capital industry. Our integrated, global platform is uniquely positioned to assist our clients with formation, compliance, transactional, regulatory and tax matters worldwide, including cross-border matters. 

We are qualified to provide advice under US, UK and EU legal regulatory regimes, as well as the laws of France, Germany and Hong Kong and can guide you through the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly evolving and highly complex private capital industry. 

With more than a century of advice to the investment space and a presence in the world’s major financial centers of New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, São Paulo, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi and Washington, DC, we have helped clients pursue investments in all major asset classes and geographies, including the United States, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East.


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