Changing Landscape of EM PE Fund Formation | Webcast

The market leading specialists at Debevoise & Plimpton will discuss the changing landscape of emerging markets private equity fund formation, including key terms and conditions that sponsors and investors must consider in organizing and operating emerging markets funds.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Fund structuring complexities and best practices
  • Trends in emerging markets terms and conditions
  • Tax and regulatory considerations affecting fund structures and terms
  • The impact of evolving global regulation on emerging markets funds

EMPEA members are entitled to complimentary registration. Please click here to determine if you are eligible for the complimentary rate.

Featured Speakers

Jonathan Adler, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Jonathan Adler is a corporate partner based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. His practice focuses on advising sponsors of private investment funds, including buyout, growth capital, energy, infrastructure and credit funds. In addition to his work with U.S. and European funds, Mr. Adler has also advised clients in establishing private equity funds, offices and joint ventures in various emerging markets, including Africa, India and South America. Mr. Adler’s recent experience includes acting for clients such as The Carlyle Group, Carmel Partners, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Crescent Capital Group, International Finance Corporation and AMC, KKR, Morgan Stanley and Trimaran Capital Partners.

Mr. Adler is ranked as a leading lawyer for private equity funds by Chambers USA (2016), where clients say he is “not only a skilled lawyer but a pragmatic problem solver.” He was named to Private Funds Management’s “30 Under 40”, which recognizes the top private equity funds lawyers under the age of 40.

Mr. Adler joined the firm in 2005. He received a J.D. magna cum laude from New York University in 2005, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and a B.S. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in 2002. Mr. Adler is admitted to the Bar in New York.

Gavin Anderson, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Gavin Anderson is based in the Hong Kong office and is a member of the firm’s Investment Funds and  Investment Management Group. He has broad  experience in advising sponsors and investors on a variety of issues, including fund formation, co-investment and carried interest arrangements. Mr. Anderson’s recent experience includes acting for clients such as Baring Private Equity Asia, CDH Investments, D. E. Shaw, Global Infrastructure Partners, HarbourVest, Morgan Stanley, Navis Capital Partners, Southern Capital and Quilvest.

Mr. Anderson is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific (2014 – 2017) and Chambers Global (2014 – 2017), which note that he has established “a great practice” and “a great reputation” with private equity clients. One client is quoted as observing that “he’s technically extremely strong and very, very well organised – that’s critical.” The guides have also noted that Mr. Anderson is “very responsive, very competent, and fun to work with” and “very quick, very smart and gives very high-quality advice.” Market commentators have been quoted as saying “we have been very impressed with his technical and commercial balance.” Mr. Anderson is also recognized as a top practitioner in Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds (2014), where clients say that he is
“extremely bright, extremely responsive, very intelligent: he just gets it.”

Mr. Anderson writes and speaks on private equity topics, and has co-authored the articles “New ILPA Principles: What Has Changed,” The Deal Pipeline (June 2011); and “The King Can Do No Wrong: Sovereign Immunity and Its Exceptions,” The Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report (March 2014). He is also the author of the “Investor side letters” chapter in “Global Investment Funds: A Practical Guide to Structuring, Raising and Managing Funds,” published by Global Law and Business (July, 2016).

Mr. Anderson earned his B.A. (Hons) from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) in 2000 and PgDL from the College of Law at Guildford in 2001. He graduated from the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 2002. Prior to joining Debevoise in 2006, he trained and worked as an associate at an international law firm in London.

Rafael Kariyev, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Rafael Kariyev is a tax partner and a member of the firm’s Tax Department who focuses his practice on tax planning in connection with private equity fund formation and M&A transactions. He regularly advises private equity funds on tax issues at all levels of the fund structure, including for Morgan Stanley, Providence, KKR, One Equity Partners, Littlejohn, Odyssey and FFL. In addition, Mr. Kariyev regularly advises clients on tax structuring the acquisition, holding and disposition of portfolio companies, both pass-throughs and corporations, as well as transactions involving the restructuring and sale of existing funds and sales of asset managers.

Mr. Kariyev joined Debevoise and was admitted to the bar in New York in 2000. He received his B.A. from Queens College magna cum laude in 1995 in Accounting and his J.D. from Columbia University in 1999, where he was a Kent Scholar and a member of the Journal of Environmental Law. Mr. Kariyev received his LLM in Taxation from NYU in 2002.


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