02 Dec, 2011
Morgan Lewis continues to build Private Investment Funds capability with new partner hire in London
LONDON, December 1st 2011: Morgan Lewis has announced today that Noel Ainsworth, one of the leading private funds lawyer in the UK, will be joining the firm as a partner in its Business & Finance practice in the London office, in the New Year. He joins Morgan Lewis from the London office of Simmons and Simmons.
Noel Ainsworth focuses on all aspects of private investment funds and investment management. His practice involves the formation and operation of private investment funds including private equity, credit and distressed credit, clean energy, infrastructure, real estate and hybrid funds; the formation and operation of funds of funds and secondary funds; sales and purchases of fund interests in the secondary markets, and the representation of investors in private investment funds. He works with fund management teams on the establishment of new fund management businesses including advising Gartmore on the £4.1bn Hermes GPE funds merger.
He joins a global practice with more than 70 attorneys serving clients from a dozen offices around the world. Morgan Lewis is the No.1 “Most Active Law Firm” in the 2011 Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst ranking, based on the number of private equity and venture capital funds worked on for general partners and limited partners in 2010.
”At a time when more than 50% of US funds work involves Europe, Noel is an important addition to our team not only for our clients in Europe, but for our global capability as a whole,” noted Louis Singer, leader of the Private Investment Funds team at Morgan Lewis. “His experience in Europe, paired with our sizeable team around the world offers clients a tremendous resource.”
“We are thrilled to add another partner to our already sizeable private investment funds team,” added Chuck Lubar, managing partner of the firm’s London office. “As we continue to focus on our core strengths in business and finance and private equity, someone with Noel’s fund formation experience is an ideal fit.”
The continuing expansion of Morgan Lewis’ London and global private funds practice will be led by Noel Ainsworth, Louis Singer and Ann Baker, all of whom are consistently recognised internationally as leading private funds lawyers. The funds group is supported by well-respected practitioners in the areas of tax, secondary transactions, and finance.