Changing Landscape of EM PE Fund Formation

An EMPEA Professional Development Webcast with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The market leading specialists at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 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 include:

  • Fund structuring complexities and best practices
  • Trends in emerging markets terms and conditions
  • Tax and regulatory considerations affecting fund structures and terms
  • Compliance with anti-bribery/anti-corruption laws and regulations
  • The impact of evolving global regulation on emerging markets funds

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Panelists include

Marwan Al-Turki
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Marwan Al-Turki is a leading UK private investment fund formation lawyer and acts as Co-Chair of the firm’s European Private Equity Funds Group. Mr. Al-Turki focuses his practice on structuring multi-jurisdictional private equity funds for offering to an international institutional investor base. He advises such funds on matters relating to investments and realisation programmes.

Mr. Al-Turki also advises investment managers and other financial institutions on investment management M&A transactions, internal restructurings and financial services regulatory issues. Mr. Al-Turki is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” for Investment Funds–Private Funds by IFLR 1000 (2013). Sources tell Chambers UK (2013) he is “particularly skilled when it comes to handling multi‑jurisdictional private funds matters” and “able to advise on a wide range of matters in this space, including investments and fund structuring”. He is also recognised for his “cunning knowledge of the market and is a great negotiator”, by Legal 500 UK (2012). He is ranked as a leading individual for Investment Funds in Chambers UK (2012) and listed in the Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers. He is also recognised by PLC Which Lawyer? and is recommended by Legal 500 UK (2011).

Mr. Al-Turki has published numerous articles and books on matters relating to private equity funds and financial services regulation, and is a frequent public speaker in both areas. Recent publications include “Structuring and Marketing a Pan-European Private Equity Fund”, European Venture Capital Journal (March 2001), “Are the Terms of the U.S. and European Private Equity Funds Converging?”, with Michael P. Harrell, Private Equity International (2003), “A Practitioner’s Guide to the FSA Regulation of Designated Investment Business”, City & Financial Publishing (2002) and “A Practitioner’s Guide to the FSA Regulation of Investment Banking”, City & Financial Publishing (2002). Most recently, he was also a significant contributor to The Debevoise & Plimpton European Private Equity Handbook, published in 2005.


Jennifer Burleigh
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jennifer Burleigh is a corporate partner and member of the firm’s Private Equity and Investment Management Groups. Her practice focuses principally on advising sponsors in the formation of a broad array of private investment funds, including leveraged buyout, international private equity, energy/infrastructure, mezzanine and distressed debt and equity funds. Ms. Burleigh’s private fund clients include EIG Global Energy Partners, Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe, Gávea Investimentos, Odyssey Investment Partners, PineBridge Investments, Trust Company of the West and Vinci Partners.

Ms. Burleigh also advises clients in connection with strategic investments in private investment firms, asset manager spin-outs and the establishment of new investment firms. Most recently, she advised on the establishment of private fund sponsor Tenex Capital Partners, and advised American International Group in the sale of its investment advisory and asset management business to Pacific Century Group. She has also counseled clients in the creation of listed “permanent capital” vehicles and advised sophisticated financial institutions in the establishment of employee investment programs.

Ms. Burleigh speaks and writes regularly on topics in the private equity industry, and is recognized as a leading practitioner in private equity fund formation by Chambers Global (2012) and Chambers USA (2012), where sources say she “deserves to be mentioned with a superlative.” She is also recommended by IFLR1000 (2012) and The Legal 500 US (2012), where clients say she has “great command of issues, market sentiment and commercial awareness.”


Peter Furci
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Peter Furci is a tax partner and a member of the firm’s Private Equity and Latin America Groups. He concentrates on the tax aspects of a wide range of corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and debt and equity securities offerings by US and non-US issuers. He also practices extensively in the area of private investment funds, including emerging markets, hedge, mezzanine, distressed debt, infrastructure and real estate funds. Mr. Furci is listed as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA (2012), where clients note that his “experience and knowledge are not matched by many other individuals; he always seeks to add value and insight to a transaction, and really knows how to drive the process forward.” Mr. Furci is also recognized by The Legal 500 US (2011-2012), where sources note he is “top-notch” and “simply the best tax lawyer I have ever worked with.”

Mr. Furci is the author of “Local Knowledge is Not Enough,” Brazil Confidential (November 2011), “Structuring Brazilian Private Equity,” Brazil Confidential (July 2011), “U.S. Trade or Business Implications of Distressed Debt Investing,” Tax Lawyer (Winter 2010), “Tax Aspects of Income Deposit Securities,” Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions (January/February 2005), a co-author of “Convertible Preferred Stock Investments by Private Funds: A Practical Guide to Tax Structuring,” Practising Law Institute (October/November 2004) and a co-author of “Certain U.S. Tax Considerations for Organizing U.S. Hedge Funds,” Practising Law Institute (2005). He is also a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report. He speaks frequently on tax matters.