London, UK – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that leading private investment funds partner Duncan Woollard will join the London office as a partner in the Corporate practice. Mr. Woollard will be joining the firm from King & Wood Mallesons.
Mr. Woollard advises on a wide range of private equity and fund structuring matters. He specializes in the raising of investment funds in the private equity sector as well as in venture capital, infrastructure, direct lending, real estate, mezzanine lending and distressed debt. His practice encompasses advice to general partners, institutional investors and investment advisers on all aspects of complex fund-raisings, including on fund structuring, fund management businesses, carried interest, co-investment and other incentive schemes, restructurings, secondary transactions and fund investments.
Mr. Woollard is recommended by leading legal guides including Chambers UK and Legal 500, and will lead the private funds practice for the firm in London. Paul Hastings has previously been recognized by PERE magazine as one of the top three fund formation law firms in Europe, Asia and North America.
“Duncan’s appointment allows us to further capitalize on the resurgence in the private equity fundraising market in Europe,” said Lawrence Hass, chair of the global Private Investment Funds practice at Paul Hastings. “Our clients will benefit from his market reputation and expertise, and Duncan will play a leading role for us in Europe by helping deliver a coherent high-end global investment funds offering to our clients around the world.”
“We are delighted to bring Duncan on board as we continue to enhance the quality and depth of our practice in London,” said Ronan O’Sullivan, chair of the London office. “Duncan’s experience and expertise lends itself well to complement our global private funds practice, and he will significantly add to our offering in London.”
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