Business sectors - Funds

Collaboration; sharing risks and rewards; accessing capital and raising funds; acquiring a stake in an interesting portfolio; benefiting from synergies and expertise: portfolio diversification; tying in overseas knowledge and connections; increasing profitability, influence and buying power...

Any of these (and many others) may be the catalyst for bringing organisations together in a fund - or other investment structure - with the objective of making two and two add up to more than four. Funds are driven by strong commercial imperatives. Clients need advisers that can create well-structured, robust and well-engineered funds that deliver maximum post-tax returns and meet clients' objectives.

Wragge & Co's dedicated Funds team delivers expert funds advice. By bringing together a team of tax, corporate, finance, regulatory and dispute resolution specialists, it helps clients maintain tax-efficiency and reduce costs and risks.

From creating appropriate investment and development vehicles, advising on financing, fee structures and operating agreements to raising equity and management arrangements, its lawyers design and engineer the best structures for any project. The core team draws on the sector expertise of lawyers in real estate, investment, private equity, pensions, regeneration, infrastructure and banking to offer clients insight across the funds spectrum.

Led by partner Lee Nuttall, with experience in all aspects of tax, funds and investment structures, the team also benefits from partners Sharon Ayres and Paris-based partners Pierre Appremont and Arnaud Guerin's international funds experience. They boast experience of investments in central and eastern Europe, and beyond. Tax partner Neil Pearson has considerable experience advising venture capital trusts.

In addition to advising on all aspects of traditional and alternative investment funds, the team has strong emphasis on real estate. Its lawyers have set up simple corporate joint ventures and more flexible and complex arrangements, such as syndicates, property pooling arrangements, trusts (on-shore and offshore, authorised and unauthorised), partnerships, limited partnerships, LLPs, various contractual equity-sharing arrangements and overseas vehicles.

Clients include Aggmore, the Buccleuch group, Castlemore Securities, Castlepoint LP, Colliers Capital, Development Securities, Goodman, GPT Halverton, JP Morgan Asset Management, Parkridge and Stirling Mortimer.

Wragge & Co team members are part of the British Property Federation, Investment Property Forum and the British Venture Capital Association.

For more information on the Funds team, contact Lee Nuttall (lee_nuttall@wragge.com).

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