Rolfe Hayden


Hong Kong

T +852 2583 8302

General Experience

Rolfe has extensive experience in all types of collective investment schemes, including ETFs, hedge funds, private equity funds, guaranteed funds and listed investment companies.

He has advised on offshore closed and open ended corporates, units trusts and limited partnerships as well as licensing, regulatory and securities issues connected with asset management generally in Hong Kong and Asia.

Rolfe also has experience in bank regulation under the Banking Ordinance, mergers by way of private ordinance, SFC licensing issues as well as disclosure of interests under the Securities and Futures Ordinance.

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Recent Work
  • advising on the launch of Ally Bridge LB Healthcare Fund Limited, Chiyuan Fund Limited, Chongyang China Alpha Feeder Fund, Goldstream Capital Master Fund I Limited and Wei Capital Pan-Asia Offshore Fund, Multiple Cayman Islands domiciled hedge funds
  • advising on the SFC authorisation of Capital International Funds and Capital International Portfolios (Luxembourg UCITS) in Hong Kong
  • advising on the launch of Trinity Venture Fund L.P., a closed-end Cayman Islands exempt limited partnership investing in real estate in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • advising on numerous ETF listings in Hong Kong including CSOP Oil Futures ETF, CSOP Leveraged and Inverse Series and China AMC Leveraged and Inverse Series.

Rolfe is a partner in the Hong Kong office where he is head of the financial markets practice. He qualified in Hong Kong in 1996 and in England in 1993. He joined Simmons & Simmons in 2002 from a major City firm having worked in London and Bahrain (seconded to the Law Office of Sheikh Isa Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa) before moving to Hong Kong in 1995.

Rolfe is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars in Hong Kong on funds and regulatory issues in connection with fund management issues generally. He also has contributed to a number of publications including the World Securities Law Report, Fund Forum, Capital Asia, the Barclays Guide to Private Equity in Asia,, the Euromoney Alternative Investments Handbook 2003/4 and ISI's Marketing Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds in Asia in 2005 and 2006, as well as the Capital Guide to REITs in Asia 2007. He was recently a panelist at Ernst & Young's Global Hedge Fund Synposium 2008 and at the Asia Hedge Forum 2008.

Rolfe is recognised as a "Leading Individual" in Investment Funds in Asia Pacific Legal 500 2008/09 and Chambers Asia 2009. Rolfe has been described as "hugely experienced" and "clients were keen to highlight Hayden's exceptional responsiveness and personable, considerate way of dealing with people", by Chambers 2009.