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Diala Minott

Partner, Corporate Department

London

Phone: 44-020-3023-5181
Fax: 44-020-3023-5481

Overview

Diala Minott is a private funds lawyer in the credit funds practice in the London office of Paul Hastings.

She advises on a wide range of fund-related work including private equity, private debt, real estate, mezzanine, venture, credit, infrastructure, funds of funds, distressed and special situations, and activist funds, as well as on the structuring of carried interest, co-investment and other incentive schemes, secondary transactions, and fund restructurings . She also specializes in direct lending funds, having set up the first regulated direct lending fund in Luxembourg in 2009 for ICG. She acts for investors for solvency II planning and also lobbies the regulators for improvements in the banking monopoly regimes around Europe on behalf of her clients. She also acts for governments, improving their funds legislations. Mrs. Minott also specializes in credit funds structured finance transactions, including acting on numerous CLOs and CDOs—both pre- and post-crisis—as well as acting on bespoke hybrid mid-market CLO-type funds.

Her clients include the following: Pemberton, Cheyne, Apollo, Blackrock, Monroe, Idinvest, ICG, Aviva Investors, Pantheon, Insight Management, PGIM, Ostrum, and BNP, amongst others.

Recognitions

  • Winner of "Investment Funds Lawyer of the Year" at Women in Business Law Awards Europe 2021
  • Recommended for Structured Products and named a "Next Generation Partner" for Investment Funds by The Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Winner of Women in Law Award – British Legal Awards 2019
  • Winner of "Law Firm of the Year: Europe" by Private Debt Investor in 2018 and shortlisted for 2019
  • Winner of "Law Firm of the Year – Lending & Securities" at the Alt Credit Fund Intelligence Europe Awards 2019
  • Shortlisted for ‘Best Onshore Law Firm’ at the upcoming HFM (Hedge Fund Management) European Service Awards 2020
  • Nominated for "Funds Team of the Year" at The Lawyer Awards 2018
  • Nominated for "Transatlantic Finance Team of the Year" at the Transatlantic Legal Awards 2018
  • Nominated for "Best Onshore Fund Formation Law Firm" at the Private Equity Service Awards 2018
  • Commended in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report 2018
  • Named "Top Global CLO Arranger Counsel" for 2019 by Creditflux magazine in their February 2020 issue (the third year in a row)
  • Identified as a "Rising Star" in The Legal 500, 2015

Education

  • University of Nottingham Trent
  • London School of Economics LLB

 Admissions

  • Solicitor in England and Wales

Representations

  • Advising government of Gibraltar on their funds legislation
  • Advised on the establishment of ICG’s Senior Debt Partners Fund
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Black Rock
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Apollo
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Monroe
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Idinvest
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Pemberton
  • Advised on Cheyne’s direct lending fund
  • Advised on Cheyne’s social impact fund
  • Advised on ICG’s credit opps fund
  • Advised on ICG’s sale and leaseback fund
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Pantheon
  • Advised on the establishment of Aviva Investors European Secondary Infrastructure Credit SV. S.A.
  • Advised on the establishment of Aviva Infrastructure Debt Europe I.S.A.
  • Advised on the establishment of Carlyle Global Master Credit Funds PLC
  • Acting for Anthemis on various technology fund structures
  • Advising Pemberton on their credit opportunity fund
  • Advising Pantheon on their credit opportunity fund
  • Advising Insight Management on bank monopoly rules
  • Advising government of Gibraltar on their funds legislation
  • Advised on the establishment of ICG’s Senior Debt Partners Fund
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Black Rock
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Apollo
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Monroe
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Idinvest
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Pemberton
  • Advised on Cheyne’s direct lending fund
  • Advised on Cheyne’s social impact fund
  • Advised on ICG’s credit opps fund
  • Advised on ICG’s sale and leaseback fund
  • Advised on the inaugural direct lending for Pantheon
  • Advised on the establishment of Aviva Investors European Secondary Infrastructure Credit SV. S.A.
  • Advised on the establishment of Aviva Infrastructure Debt Europe I.S.A.
  • Advised on the establishment of Carlyle Global Master Credit Funds PLC
  • Acting for Anthemis on various technology fund structures
  • Advising Pemberton on their credit opportunity fund
  • Advising Pantheon on their credit opportunity fund
  • Advising Insight Management on bank monopoly rules

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    Practice Areas

    ESG & Impact
    Alternative Lender and Private Credit
    Private Investment Funds
    Corporate
    Finance
    Structured Credit
    ESG Risk, Strategy, and Compliance
    Impact Investing

    Languages

    English

    Admissions

    England and Wales Solicitor

    Education

    Nottingham Trent University, L.P.C. 1998
    The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.B. 1997

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