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Clifford Chance works with hedge funds at all stages of their life cycle. As funds are established, we advise on licensing, fund structuring and formation work. Once established, we can offer transactional, derivatives, securities, tax and ERISA capability, while continuing to advise managers on ongoing regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters. We are also advising funds investing in distressed debt through our restructuring practice.

In an era of unprecedented regulatory change in the investment management industry, we are focused on advising our clients on the potential impact of regulations across the globe; from the US Investment Advisers Act, swaps and derivatives regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act, the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and the Chinese QDLP regime, to licensing and business conduct rules where the funds operate. 

Our close day-to-day contact with regulatory bodies in key financial centres around the world helps us to anticipate regulation that will be relevant to hedge fund managers in the future, while our close working relationships with prime brokers and various professional hedge fund industry associations ensure that we are plugged in to the daily issues experienced by hedge funds. This deep level of industry connectivity allows us to provide the dynamic, responsive service from inception to downstream activity that our hedge fund clients have come to expect from us.