This blog is edited and maintained by Co-Editors, Oliver s’Jacob and Winston Penhall.

Contributors to this blog are members of Reed Smith’s private funds group.  For more information about our private funds and alternative investment capabilities, please visit the “Our Services” page.

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s'jacob,o.jpg Oliver s’Jacob has over 10 years’ experience advising clients setting up, operating or investing in European and MENA-based investment funds and joint ventures.

His expertise also extends to a wide range of corporate finance, M&A and real estate transactions in Europe and internationally.  Oliver has been recognised as a “highly recommended” private equity lawyer in the Legal 500.



Winston Penhall advises clients on investment management law and regulation with an emphasis on alternative investment funds, their investment managers and investors.

Winston advises managers on their commercial arrangements and provides ongoing support to investment managers alongside the Reed Smith Regulatory Team.

Winston focuses on advising UK pension schemes and international institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, on their managed account and fund investments across the spectrum of investment categories, including insurance wrapped products.


katsambas,p.jpgPanos Katsambas represents clients in Europe and the US with respect to their investments in hedge funds and other private investment vehicles.  Panos advises on the establishment, restructuring and liquidation of hedge funds and has substantial experience in securities, antitrust, complex commercial litigation matters and matters relating to Greece.



evans,m.jpgMatthew Evans advises investment managers in the formation, operation and restructuring of private funds across the hedge, private equity and real estate sectors. He assists institutional investors and pension schemes with their investments into funds.  Matt’s experience also includes a wide range of fund-linked transactional work, encompassing joint ventures, secondary sales of fund interests and capital markets transactions. He also advises asset managers and pension schemes on ISDAs and other trading agreements.