During this session we brought together an expert panel of lawyers from several of Jersey’s key international markets to explore how geopolitical fragmentation, market disruption and regulatory shifts are shaping alternative fund domiciliation patterns globally.

Examining how instability around the world is influencing investor demands, and how technology, the ESG agenda, and Covid-19 are putting the spotlight on resilience, our panelists discussed how innovation is being used by domiciles that specialise in alternatives to respond to these trends. Our lawyers specializing in alternative funds from the UK, North America, the UAE, South Africa, and Asia each considered the relationship between resilience, stability, and innovation, and the value Jersey can bring to their respective jurisdiction’s alternative fund structuring choices.

A copy of the Global Jersey presentation slides can be found here.

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Speakers

Elliot Refson › Head of Funds, Jersey Finance
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Elliot re-joined Jersey Finance in November 2018 from Crestbridge where he managed their Management Company Services Group.

Elliot is focussed on defining strategy and execution of marketing Jersey as both a domicile and destination for Hedge and Private Equity Management Companies and Funds.

Elliot moved to Jersey in 2006 to establish a Macro strategy Hedge Fund under the Ermitage umbrella for whom he also seeded other Macro / CTA strategy Hedge Funds.

Elliot founded the Jersey Hedge Fund Managers Group aimed at linking the growing community of local Managers and is a committee member of the Jersey Funds Association and the BVCA Channel Islands working group.

Lavanya Raghavan

Lavanya Raghavan Counsel, Ropes & Gray

Lavanya Raghavan is counsel in the asset management group in London. Lavanya has a broad-based investment funds practice, having advised established and emerging sponsors of private funds spanning a range of asset classes on fund formation, co-investments, carried interest and executive participation schemes, governance arrangements and ESG issues. Lavanya routinely represents significant institutional investors in connection with primary investments and co-investments, as well as secondary transactions relating to such interests. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 2018, Lavanya was an associate in the London investment funds practice of a Magic Circle firm. Education: Legal Practice Course, University of Law, London, 2010, Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law, London, 2009, BA (Economics and International Studies), Yale University, 2008. Bar Admissions: England and Wales, 2012.

Barbara Niederkofler

Barbara Niederkofler Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Barbara Niederkofler is a partner in the investment management practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Barbara represents some of the most prominent private equity and hedge fund sponsors, as well as a broad range of other investment clients, including credit funds, hybrid funds, family offices and institutional investors. Her practice focuses on the formation and operations of private investment funds along the liquidity spectrum, including structuring funds and managers in multiple jurisdictions; providing guidance on fundraising and solicitation issues; advising on seed arrangements, spinouts, joint ventures and “upper tier” arrangements; handling registrations and exemptive filing under securities and commodities laws with regulators, including the SEC, CFTC and NFA; and advising on ongoing maintenance of fund structures as well as compliance issues for managers. Barbara has substantial experience with all aspects of investment adviser compliance and registrations.

Shayne Krige

Shayne Krige Director and Co-Head of Investment Funds & Private Equity Practice (Western Cape), Werksmans Attorneys

Shayne Krige is Head of Investment Funds & Private Equity, as well as Head of the Africa practice area. He also acts in the Banking & Finance; Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions; Financial Services Regulation; and China practice areas. Shayne specialises in investment funds; private equity; and international transactions. His expertise covers the range of investment fund types - from asset and hedge funds to private equity funds - extending to corporate/mergers & acquisitions as well as corporate structuring. Shayne has acted for investment funds; fund managers and investors; and has assisted a number of South African clients to establish international funds. Years of Experience: 22 years.

Brian Howard

Brian Howard Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Brian is a partner in Trowers & Hamlins' Bahrain office and heads their corporate team in Bahrain as well as their international funds practice. He has nearly 20 years' experience working with clients from or investing in the GCC. He advises clients in respect of public and private company mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring and regulation (including corporate finance, company and group structuring, shareholders' and joint venture arrangements, constitutional documents and corporate governance) in addition to a broad range of commercial and contractual matters. Brian also advises a number of banks, private equity clients and sovereign wealth institutions in respect of Bahraini and offshore fund establishment in addition to international private equity investments and disposals.

Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan Partner, Maples Group

Tim is a partner of Maples and Calder's Funds & Investment Management team, in the Maples Group’s Jersey office. He advises global fund sponsors, investors, boards and service providers across a variety of asset classes including private equity, venture, credit, real estate and liquid securities. Tim has acted on a wide range of private equity fund launches, and a number of the most innovative funds transactions in Jersey, including the first listed Jersey fund, a number of the first Jersey private funds and a wide number of fund restructuring transactions. He has also recently acted on several of the highest profile GP-led restructuring deals, and advises more generally on corporate issues and on investment structures for financial institutions, family offices and other investors. In addition, Tim is currently Chair of the Jersey Funds Association and has played a key role in developing the position of the Jersey funds industry from a regulatory and tax perspective in recent years.