Gawain Hughes advises leading global institutional fund managers and investors on the structuring of and investment into unregulated investment funds, with a focus on the real estate, private equity, debt, and infrastructure sectors.
Gawain regularly comments in the media on key issues arising in the funds sector and contributes articles and thought pieces to publications including Estates Gazette, Unquote, and Hedge Fund Review. Additionally, he was the only private practice lawyer to be asked to contribute written and oral submissions to the original House of Lords European Union Committee looking at the impact of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Gawain was a partner in and led the funds practice of another major international law firm, resident in London.
Advising a real estate investment management firm on the transfer of management mandates and accompanying equity/debt interests in eleven real estate funds to a new management spin-out.
Advising an investment management firm regarding the establishment of its first European growth debt fund structured using an innovative Irish section 110 securitization vehicle.
Advising a UK private equity business on the successful closing of their inaugural fund.
Advising a real estate investment manager on the completion of its high-profile restructuring program involving the divestment of a number of its current investment mandates for its global real estate business to other leading investment managers and the ultimate sale of the remainder of its business.
University of Glamorgan, 1992, LLB, Hons
England and Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Asset Management, Law360 (2017)
Committee Member, Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF)
Member, European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV)
Member, British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)