Firm Enters US Alliance

04 Oct 2012

Simmons & Simmons and Seward & Kissel LLP Form an Alliance for Hedge Fund and Asset Management Work

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has entered into an alliance with leading US firm Seward & Kissel for hedge fund and asset management work.

The alliance combines the strength of preeminent hedge fund and asset management practices in London, New York and Hong Kong to offer a top tier combined service for hedge funds and their managers around the world.

Clients will have immediate access to full service hedge fund and asset management expertise: from fund formation and management, to all advisory services such as regulation, derivatives, corporate structures, tax, litigation, employment, IP, finance, government investigations and transactional services.

Both firms will continue to work with other referral firms.

Commenting on the alliance, Simmons & Simmons' Senior Partner Colin Passmore, said: ''Our hedge funds teams have worked closely for many years, and this alliance will enhance that relationship, with our partners and senior associates working together on an even more co-ordinated basis.''

Simmons & Simmons is ranked in the top tier for investment funds in Chambers Global 2012. Seward & Kissel was ranked the top firm for onshore legal services in Hedge Fund Review in December 2011, and this year's Legal 500 United States describes the firm as 'a powerhouse' in the funds arena.

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Notes to editors:

1. Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working through offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our focus on a small number of sectors means we are able to understand and respond to our clients needs. Our industry sectors are: Asset Management & Investment Funds, Energy & Infrastructure, Financial Institutions, Life Sciences  and Telecoms, Media & Technology (TMT). We have a track record for innovation and delivering value to clients through new ways of working.  Visit our website at simmons-simmons.com or our award winning online legal service at elexica.com
Seward & Kissel LLP, founded in 1890, is a leading US law firm with an international reputation for excellence. We have offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. The practice primarily focuses on corporate and litigation work for clients seeking legal expertise in the financial services, corporate finance and capital markets areas.  The firm is particularly well known for its representation of major commercial banks, investment banking firms, investment advisers and related investment funds (including mutual funds and hedge funds), broker-dealers, institutional investors and transportation companies (particularly in the shipping area).
2. Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated practices.  Accordingly, references to Simmons & Simmons mean Simmons & Simmons LLP and the other partnerships and other entities or practices authorised to use the name "Simmons & Simmons" or one or more of those practices as the context requires.
3. For further information, please contact Daniela Conte, Senior Communications & PR Manager on +44 207 825 4411 or +44 7726 775 707 or at daniela.conte@simmons-simmons.com.