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Rahul Manvatkar

Investment Funds Partner, London

“I am an investment funds specialist, with 15 years’ experience advising fund managers and investors on investment management matters. I am a solutions-driven lawyer, providing practical advice and executing complex deals. I am a keen believer in relationship lawyering: I want our clients to feel we are part of their team rather than external lawyers.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Rahul has extensive experience of transactional and advisory work in relation to a broad range of open and closed-ended investment funds, both onshore and offshore, aimed at institutional and retail clients. He also advises on broader investment management arrangements including managed account arrangements, co-investment arrangements and carried interest arrangements. His experience covers a variety of asset classes including real estate, private equity, infrastructure, credit and hedge funds.

Rahul has extensive experience of acting for both sponsors and investors. He is a driving force behind our practice advising on AIFMD and other funds-related regulation. Currently in the London market, Rahul is uniquely ranked in Legal 500 in both the private funds and hedge funds categories. It quotes clients as saying: ‘Rahul Manvatkar has been a great lawyer to work with, providing high quality advice while remaining personable and approachable in manner’.

Work highlights

Rahul’s experience includes advising:

  • Softbank: advising as fund counsel on the set up and fundraise of its approx. US$100bn SoftBank Vision Fund, which is the largest private equity style fund ever established
  • Barings: advising on their flagship Pan-European core real estate fund, their value-add real estate funds and an open-ended real estate debt fund
  • KKR: advising on the establishment of a variety of fund products, including private equity, infrastructure and special situations products
  • The merchant banking and asset management divisions of a global investment bank: advising on their European regulatory structuring and private funds products
  • Deutsche Bank: advising on its AFS platform
  • Prologis: advising on its €2.4bn European real estate joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management

Professional experience

Rahul lead the production of our AIFMD client site, established when AIFMD was first published in 2011.

Education and qualifications

Rahul studied Japanese at Keble College, Oxford University.