Mike Dankis

Mike Dankis

Counsel, New York

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Mike is a counsel in the firm’s investment funds practice and advises private investment funds, including private equity funds, real estate and infrastructure funds, credit and special situations funds and hedge funds with respect to formation, marketing, operation and investment and management activities. Mike also represents institutional investors, including large U.S. pension schemes and sovereign wealth funds in connection with their investments in private equity funds, debt funds, hedge funds and other investment partnerships, as well as on the disposal of such investments on the secondary market.

His practice includes advising investment managers on spin-offs and transfers of management contacts and he has acted for one of Europe’s largest hedge funds on a number of such deals. Mike provides specialist regulatory advice to U.S., European and non-EEA fund houses.

Mike originally qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales with Linklaters London, and subsequently relocated to Linklaters New York.

Work highlights
  • One of the world’s leading global asset managers: advising on its establishment of a US$3bn strategic partnership with a high-profile U.S. government retirement system.
  • Aermont: advising on the establishment of their fourth generation European-focused opportunistic real estate fund (€2bn).
  • Barings: advising on the establishment and management of its core open-ended real estate fund and its fourth generation special situations fund.
  • KKR: advising on the launch of St James’s Place’s Diversified Assets Fund, an open-ended investment platform providing its clients with access to a diversified pool of assets managed by KKR.
  • State Street Global Advisors: advising on their clients’ investments in real estate funds in the U.S. and Europe.
  • A leading Asian investment bank: advising on the sale of approximately US$1bn of its investment assets through the establishment of new fund vehicles.

Professional experience

Mike joined Linklaters in London in 2009 as a trainee solicitor. After qualifying into the Investment Funds group in London in 2011, Mike relocated to New York in 2016. 

Education and qualifications

Mike studied law at the University of Cambridge in the UK and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, London.