Fund Formation Capabilities

Shearman & Sterling is involved in the structuring and formation of numerous forms of alternative investment products and services, including:

  • Private equity funds
  • Private equity funds of funds
  • Real estate funds
  • Infrastructure funds
  • Shari’ah compliant funds
  • Debt funds
  • Distressed asset funds
  • Venture capital funds
  • Co-investment funds
  • Captive funds
  • Pledge funds
  • Feeder funds
  • Segregated portfolio companies
  • Hedge funds
  • Registered and unregistered funds of hedge funds
  • Hybrid funds
  • Registered mutual funds
  • Registered investment companies
  • Registered closed-end funds
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs)
  • Mutual fund wrap fee programs
  • Principal protected funds
  • Business development companies
  • Specialized pools used to offer structured finance instruments

Our lawyers are also experienced at structuring a global overlay to existing local fund structures to position funds for offerings in the United States, Europe and Asia. We believe our experience working with first-time global fund sponsors is unmatched, particularly in Latin America and Asia. We understand the unique tax structures of investment vehicles in numerous jurisdictions and are familiar with various local pension structures and investment requirements. Our Investment Funds team has strong relationships with placement agents and other fund service providers.

We also work with our clients to analyze and explain the typical structures used by asset managers to offer their capabilities through managed accounts, and we provide advice on the managed account documentation needed to accommodate these investors.


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