AsianInvestor explains why Mayer Brown was named “Best Law Firm for Asset Management”.

"With a focus on institutional and strategic investors, Mayer Brown’s Funds Practice has built a worldclass, globally integrated and multidisciplinary practice advising some of the region’s largest and most active investors. The list of clients is impressive and includes sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds, university endowments, public pension plans, impact investors and charitable organizations.

The firm has expertise in a host of asset strategies, including private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, distressed debt funds, renewable and traditional energy funds, funds of funds and hybrid funds.

However, it is its Asia funds practice that focused the attention of judges and the way that it leveraged its global experience to advise on both hedge and private equity fund formation particularly in Hong Kong where it is perfectly placed to identify developing trends.

One emerging trend is hedge fund managers building in typical private equity features into their funds and private equity managers offering more liquid products to their clients. Its ability to combine fund formation and regulatory expertise in one team was also a key feature of this submission, providing clients with a compelling competitive advantage.

The firm regularly advises both local and international clients on a diverse range of issuing such as fund distribution in Hong Kong, suitability requirements and compliance with KYC/AML rules.

As with any leading law firm, Mayer Brown placed a strong emphasis in its submission on an active regulatory practice, believing that compliance is the bedrock when launching new funds."