Counsel: Investment Funds
White & Case
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Firm Summary

White & Case is an eliteglobal law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions andgovernments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we areperfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legalchallenges wherever they may be.

With lawyers operating from morethan 40 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we haveinvested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing atthe top of the market.

We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence inthe world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complexcross-border work.

It’s not just about our globalnetwork of offices; it’s the global interconnectedness of the Firm that ourpeople, and our clients, value most.

We work well together across geographicand practice boundaries. It’s one of the reasons we attract and retaincross-border work.

And why we attract a diverse group of people. Our lawyers are globally minded,enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence.

Diversity is a corevalue of our Firm and it has been recognized with numerous awards and toprankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80languages.

Position Summary

We are currently looking for a Counsel with significant experiencesetting up alternative investment funds to join our Hong Kong office.

As well as excellent academic credentials, you should possess theanalytical rigor to grasp the legal intricacies of complex private closed-endPE-style funds and open-end funds across a range of strategies, including PE,special situations, credit, real estate and distressed debt.

You will demonstrate excellent communicationskills, and can expect extensive client contact from the start, includingrunning your own transactions with assistance from associates.

Organized andmeticulous, you will demonstrate a flair for legal drafting, and be comfortableworking with limited partnerships, LLCs and exempt companies.

You will also have experience advisingmanagers on house compensation arrangements and in setting up assetmanagement businesses.

Committed and personable, you should enjoy working within largegroups of lawyers and industry professionals, and managing the interests of allstakeholders, who will include leading financial institutions, SWFs, insurancecompanies, pension plans and regional and global fund managers.

Thiscollaborative mindset should be balanced by the independence of thought andaction an ability to proactively anticipate clients’ needs and generatecreative solutions to their problems.

Keeping abreast of regulatory changes as well as the widereconomic climate, you will also be adept at distilling complex information intoclear, insightful analyses that inform and strengthen your client’s position.

Strong organizational and time management skills will also be significant assets,enabling you to manage multiple workstreams and produce exceptional work totight deadlines.

Our Practice Area

Drawing on a global breadth of knowledge and experience, wesupport both sponsors and investors in private equity, real estate,infrastructure, credit and hedge funds, as well as clients on fund secondarytransactions, fund restructurings and other fund related transactions.

Combining deep local market knowledge with specialist expertise across the fullspectrum of legal areas and business sectors, we have been involved in some ofthe most high-profile funds transactions worldwide.

As a Counsel in our practice, you will be working in an excitingworking environment, handling challenging, time-sensitive deals that demand acool head and positive mindset.

From the moment you join, you will beinteracting with multidisciplinary teams from across our international officesand practice groups, from M&A and Private Equity, Real Estate and BankFinance.

As well as learning from leading practitioners within our own group,you will therefore also be ideally placed to integrate yourself within thefirm’s wider global network.

Duties andAccountabilities

  • Advising on structuring private closed-end and open-end funds
  • Drafting term sheets
  • Drafting and negotiating fund documentation including PPMs, LPAs, Articles, investor side letters, legal opinions, subscription agreements and advisory agreements
  • Advising and issue spotting on regulatory matters
  • Conducting and overseeing legal research
  • Providing education and training to more junior associates
  • Qualifications

  • 7+ years of Investment Funds experience
  • US qualified preferred
  • Experience in private PE-style fund formation and co-investment transactions and related work from an international law firm in the US or Hong Kong
  • Familiarity with US and EU regulatory matters relating to private funds; and
  • Experience in setting up carry compensation arrangements and advising on the establishment of asset management businesses would be a bonus
  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in Mandarin and ability to read and write Chinese preferred
  • Location andReporting

  • This is a Counsel role based in Hong Kong
  • TheFirm may modify and amend this job description at any time at its solediscretion. The above is a general description of the essential duties associated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties.

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