Expansion Continues For Akin Gump’s Investment Funds Practice

The growth of leading international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s  investment funds practice continues with the arrival of partners Tim Pearce and Ian Meade in the firm’s London office. The firm announced in February 2012 that Tim and Ian would be joining the firm.

Tim and Ian follow the arrival, in May, of Kelli Moll and, in February, Andrew Abernethy in the firm’s New York and Hong Kong offices, respectively.

They will all work closely with the firm’s market-leading international funds teams and clients in New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Abu Dhabi and across Asia.

Prakash Mehta, co-leader of the firm’s investment funds and private equity practices, commented: “Akin Gump continues to build on its global platform for investment funds, and we are delighted that Tim, Ian, Kelli and Andrew have joined the team.  They all have great depth of knowledge of investment funds as well as profound commercial understanding of the market and what our clients are looking to achieve.”

Tim Pearce advises asset managers on a broad range of issues, with a particular emphasis on advising hedge fund managers.  Mr. Pearce has considerable expertise in the establishment of hedge funds and other investment products utilising alternative investment strategies.

Ian Meade provides advice to asset managers, focusing on the structuring and establishment of investment funds, negotiation of managed account structures and regulatory issues.  He also provides advice on structuring and implementation of investment transactions for asset managers.

Kelli Moll’s practice focuses on the formation and ongoing operation of hedge funds and private equity funds, having represented numerous hedge funds and their managers in connection with fund formations, seed capital arrangements, compensation arrangements, spin-offs of proprietary trading groups, acquisition of trading groups, complex fund restructurings, private equity co-investments and registration and compliance.

Andrew Abernethy is an investment funds and an M&A lawyer. His experience includes advising on international M&A, particularly cross-border transactions, investment funds formation and a range of equity and convertible securities offerings.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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