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Gus Black focuses his practice on investment funds (emphasizing private equity, debt, hedge and real estate), establishing and restructuring international asset management businesses, corporate and commercial transactions in the asset management sector and general UK financial services regulation.

In the sphere of private fund formation, Mr. Black has advised sponsors and cornerstone investors on the structuring, re-structuring, formation and investment of numerous funds and other co-investment structures ranging widely in size, strategy and focus (including numerous hedge strategies, hybrid, private equity, public and private debt, emerging markets, clean tech/energy, agriculture, infrastructure, commodities and real estate). He has advised on funds established in various jurisdictions including Jersey, Guernsey, Cayman Islands, BVI, Luxembourg, Ireland, Singapore, Mauritius, Delaware and England. He also advises on a range of portfolio investments, secondaries and other portfolio transactions.

Mr. Black is recommended in the area of investment funds by Chambers UK 2016 which states that he undertakes a wide spectrum of work for asset management businesses, from fund formation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) regulation and the establishment of co-investment structures. The guide also notes that his varied practice covers hedge, private equity, emerging markets and infrastructure bonds. In 2015, Private Funds Management named Mr. Black in its list of the “top 30 private funds lawyers under 40”. The list of influential private equity lawyers has been identified by the industry and by their own peers as the best of the best in the field. Mr. Black is also recommended in the area of investment funds by The Legal 500 in its 2015 UK guide which provides client testimony that he is 'excellent at providing tailor-made advice'. Mr. Black is also recommended as a leading lawyer in his field in Chambers UK 2015 which states that he is recognised for his broad practice and capability on multi-jurisdictional mandates and provides client testimony that he is "incredibly knowledgeable - when we're looking to launch quite a bespoke product he has almost always had experience in something similar." Mr. Black has been recommended for Investment Funds since 2012 in The Legal 500 UK where he was described as "very impressive" and “very knowledgeable” and highlighted for showing “reliable judgement” in 2013. He is listed as a leading lawyer in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Private Funds 2014.

Mr. Black's publications include the “Private Equity Funds” chapter of Sweet & Maxwell’s Law and Regulation of Investment Management and the UK chapter of the European Lawyer Reference Series on Hedge Funds.


University of Cambridge, M.A., 1997
College of Law, Guildford, LPC

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