Craig Borthwick advises on the formation and structuring of a variety of investment funds and fund platforms as well as providing ongoing advice on general corporate, compliance and regulatory issues. He also advises on service provider documentation.

Mr. Borthwick's practice is focused on alternative asset management and advising on both liquid and illiquid strategies including open-ended, hybrids and closed-ended fund structures. Start-ups and seeding deals form a significant part of his practice. 

Chambers UK (2018-2020) recommends Mr. Borthwick as a leading lawyer for hedge funds, with clients noting that he is "excellent, leveraging his experience with both emerging and established investment managers to tackle both complex and cross-border investment fund requirements". The 2019 guide states that Mr. Borthwick has experience in working with start-ups and handling matters concerning high-value fund launches. He is praised by commentators for his "very proactive" approach. The 2018 guide states that he is "very hard working, diligent and knowledgeable" according to clients, who also note that he "delivers advice in an easy-to-follow manner." He is highlighted for his strength in advising on the formation and structuring of hedge funds, including high value start-ups and fund launches. He is also ranked in the 2017 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 UK as a 'Next Generation Lawyer' and as a ‘Rising Star’ in the 2020 edition for hedge funds. Clients have commented that he is "a very good and earnest senior associate who constantly looks out for his clients." 

Prior to joining Dechert in 2012, Mr. Borthwick spent time on secondment to a global hedge fund manager. 

Mr. Borthwick was part of the AIMA working committee on AIFMD, in particular relating to delegation arrangements.

    • University of Sheffield, Law (LLB), 2007
    • BPP Law School, LPC, 2008, Distinction
    • England and Wales
    • Private Funds Nuts & Bolts: Hybrid Fund Structures - The Convergence of Hedge and Private Equity – Webinar (October, 2019) 
    • Preparing for Investor Due Diligence – London (October, 2019) 
    • Structuring Your Next Hedge Fund Product – Market Trends and Considerations – London (September, 2019) 
    • AIMA Seminar: Structuring Limited Liquidity Funds: The Convergence of Hedge and Private Equity - London (July, 2019)
    • Updating Your Compliance Calendar for 2019: U.S. Regulatory Priorities for 2019 - London (Januar,  2019)
    • Updating Your Compliance Calendar for 2019: Key Corporate and Regulatory Requirements Affecting U.K. Fund Managers for 2019 - London (January, 2019)
    • JPMorgan Regulatory Breakfast Seminar - London (October, 2018)
    • Structuring your Next Hedge Fund Product - London (March, 2018)
    • HFM UK Breakfast Briefing: Trading digital assets - dealing with the operational challenges of running a crypto fund - London (January, 2018)
    • Credit Suisse 2017 Prime Services Thought Leadership Conference - London (October, 2017)
    • HFM UK Breakfast Briefing: On the Launchpad in 2017: The Challenges and Choices Facing Start-Ups - London (January, 2017)
    • MiFID II In Focus: Marketing Part I - London (November, 2016)
    • Structuring Your Next Hedge Fund Product and Negotiating Seed Deals - London (November, 2016)
    • HFM US Breakfast Briefing: MiFID II: Why US managers need to sit up and take notice - New York (September 29, 2016)