New partner joins funds practice in London

25 Feb 2014

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has appointed Dale Gabbert to its award-winning funds practice in London.

Dale will join from Reed Smith, where he currently heads the Investment Funds Group for Europe and the Middle East. He has over 16 years’ experience of advising funds, managers and investors.

Dale advises fund managers and financial institutions on the establishment and ongoing operations of all classes of alternative investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, credit funds and bespoke products. He also advises on joint ventures, seeding deals, the acquisition and disposal of fund managers and related investment management and regulatory issues.

Dale will focus on developing Simmons & Simmons’ private funds practice, which was strengthened by the appointment of partner David Williams 18 months ago. David joined from DLA Piper where he was Head of the Investment Funds team in the UK. Since David’s appointment, the private funds practice has grown significantly, attracting work from an expanding group of major private fund managers and institutional investors. His appointment comes in addition to several recent associate hires, and further recruitment is anticipated to take advantage of this burgeoning practice area.

Asset Management & Investment Funds Sector Head, Colin Leaver, said "Ours is the leading Asset Management & Investment Funds practice internationally and we continue to expand our offering to clients with targeted, quality appointments. In particular, Dale’s appointment will add further scale to our private funds practice, and we are looking forward to him joining this growing team".

Dale is named in Chambers UK 2014 as a notable practitioner and is described as "considered, commercial and very good in conflict situations".

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