LONDON, July 16, 2015: Morgan Lewis continues to build its London office with the addition of accomplished investment management lawyer Gawain Hughes, whose market-leading experience bolsters the firm’s capabilities in the private investment funds and asset management industries. Mr. Hughes, who joins as a partner, previously led the London funds practice at another global law firm.
Mr. Hughes’ arrival builds on recent additions to the firm’s London office, including a team of global structured transactions lawyers, underscoring the firm’s commitment to providing a diverse array of services to clients globally through an interdisciplinary approach.
“Gawain is recognized in the London market as an accomplished and entrepreneurial funds lawyer and he brings a wealth of experience and depth of relationships to our growing team,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “His addition further enhances the comprehensive spectrum of services we offer to clients from New York, London, Singapore, and other global financial centers.”
Mr. Hughes advises leading institutional fund managers, administrators and investors on all aspects of fund formation, investment and regulation in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond, with a particular focus on the private equity funds, real estate, and infrastructure sectors. The media regularly turn to Mr. Hughes as a high-level commentator on key issues arising in the funds sector. In addition, Mr. Hughes has been at the forefront of regulatory developments; he is 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).
“Our investment management lawyers advise funds, managers, financial services firms, and institutional investors in the full range of activities, from formation and investment, to transactional and regulatory matters,” said Louis Singer, leader of the Morgan Lewis investment management practice. “Gawain is an ideal fit for us and our clients as we expand our services in the critical private investment funds and asset management arenas.”
“Our London office is fortunate to continue to attract lawyers of Gawain’s calibre who enable us to partner with clients on their most pressing legal and business challenges wherever they arise,” London Office Managing Partner Peter Sharp said. “Gawain provides added depth to our investment counseling team in London and across the firm.”