Our Investment Funds practice at Spencer West is dedicated to providing comprehensive expertise across the entire life cycle of both closed-ended and open-ended investment funds. Our team is distinguished by specialists with deep expertise in the asset management and investment funds sector. 

Leveraging a global perspective and in-depth knowledge of over 30 jurisdictions, including but not limited to the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, England & Wales, Ireland, and the UAE, we offer a comprehensive range of services. This allows us to navigate the complexities of diverse asset classes, including cryptocurrencies/digital assets and strategies to meet the unique needs of our clients.  

Our highly experienced team brings decades of collective experience gained in other leading offshore firms. We take pride in our long-standing relationships with sophisticated fund sponsors, investors and financial institutions. This underscores our commitment to providing outstanding legal advice in evolving regulatory and market environments.  

Reconciling complex regulatory and tax regimes with the unique requirement of our clients’ investment strategies is our forte. We tailor our advice to provide practical, commercial guidance that aligns seamlessly with your business objectives.  

At Spencer West, we provide comprehensive advisory services to UCITS and Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs). This covers a diverse range of investment strategies including private equity, venture capital, debt, real estate, and hedge funds. Additionally, we specialise in facilitating the establishment of UCITS management companies and AIFMs. Our established practice streamlines the setup process, ensuring compliance and efficiency every step of the way. 

What we advise on
  • fund formation, structuring and registration 
  • tokenised funds 
  • investment manager formation, structuring and registration, and investment management agreements 
  • fund subscriptions and redemptions 
  • fund finance (including subscription finance, NAV finance and hybrid finance) 
  • amending fund terms 
  • establishing new classes or series of fund interests, and new segregated portfolios 
  • wind-downs and de-registrations 
  • regulatory compliance, including AML and FATCA/CRS 
  • primary and secondary fund investments 
  • fund disputes 
Who we work with
  • investment managers, fund administrators and advisors 
  • insurers 
  • sovereign wealth funds 
  • pension schemes 
  • family offices 
  • trustees 
  • banks and other financial institutions 
  • sponsors 
Specialist Expertise

Our Investment Funds sector group at Spencer West boasts a team of professionals with a wealth of specialised knowledge tailored to various jurisdictions and facets of fund management and compliance. We cover the entire spectrum of fund-related matters, from initial formation, structuring, and registration, to management, compliance, financing, investments, and dispute resolution. 

Cayman Islands Expertise

Our team bring extensive knowledge in managing Cayman domiciled private funds, hedge funds, and crypto funds. Additionally, they excel in AML, CRS, and US FACTA compliance. 

British Virgin Islands Focus

Our Investment Funds specialists are well-versed in various types of funds in the British Virgin Islands, including incubator funds, approved funds, and professional funds. They also handle Cayman Islands administered funds and limited investor funds. 

Fund Finance Proficiency

Our team has expertise in fund finance, covering subscription finance, NAV finance, and hybrid finance for both BVI and Cayman Islands jurisdictions. 

Cyprus Expertise

Our Cyprus-based team excel in structuring and regulatory compliance for alternative investment funds (AIF). This includes expertise in private equity, venture capital, real estate, and crypto-funds. 

Collaborative Approach

Collectively, our team offers comprehensive specialist knowledge across diverse fund structures and regulatory landscapes. We collaborate closely not only within our team but also with experts such as investment managers, fund administrators, advisors, trustees, financial institutions, and family offices. This collaborative approach allows us to deliver tailored solutions for effective management and compliance of clients’ funds, regardless of their jurisdiction. 

Meet our team

Stephen Abletshauser
Partner - Corporate, Private Client & Estate Planning
Theo Antoniou
Partner - Corporate and Financial Services Regulatory
Azeem Arshad
Partner - Commercial Real Estate
Robert Foote
Partner - Corporate/Commercial Disputes, Restructuring and Insolvency
Desiree Jacob
Partner - Director Cayman Islands Office
Daniel Russell, Spencer West corporate lawyer
Daniel Russell
Partner - Corporate, Investment Funds, Finance
Peter Vas
Partner - Banking & Finance, Corporate