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

Convergence across the asset classes continues irrespective of the uncertainty presented by an evolving geopolitical and regulatory landscape. 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 and sources of capital for transactions, the private capital segment continues to change as it engages in 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 complex cross-border matters.

We are qualified to provide advice under U.S., U.K. 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. We are focused on providing our clients with solutions-oriented and practical advice to accomplish their required objectives on time.

With more than a century of experience in 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 in locations around the globe.