Patrick Goebel

Patrick Goebel advises clients on all types of retail and private Luxembourg investment funds including UCITS, private equity funds, real estate funds, and other alternative investment funds investing in non-financial assets and tangible assets. He also advises UCITS management companies, AIFMs, EuVECA managers, depositaries and administrators on legal and regulatory aspects as well as investors on their due-diligence of Luxembourg funds.

Mr. Goebel is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer for investment funds in Luxembourg by the leading legal directories, Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. The 2017 edition of Chambers Europe notes that he is “client-focused, results-focused and very practical” with The Legal 500 EMEA noting in its 2017 guide that he has “in-depth knowledge of investment funds regulation.” In Chambers Global 2016 sources note that he is “experienced and able to craft imaginative solutions to unusual situations.” Mr. Goebel is also ranked in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Chambers Europe. The 2015 guide states that he is “very highly regarded for his regulatory expertise.” He has also been recognized for his work in this area by the Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers UK and IFLR 1000.

Mr. Goebel regularly speaks at conferences on various fund-related matters including private equity funds and the AIFMD. He is also a lecturer on civil liability at the University of Luxembourg and on Luxembourg real estate funds at European Business School (EBS).

Mr. Goebel’s experience prior to joining Dechert includes serving as counsel with a magic circle law firm, and as head of fund engineering within prime fund solutions at Banque Générale du Luxembourg SA (now BNP Paribas Securities Services).

Education:

– Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris 9), Maîtrise, Management and Finance, 1997
– Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Maîtrise, Private Law, 1998
– Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, DESS, Banking and Finance, 1999
– CFA Institute , Level III Chartered Financial Analyst Program, 2006

Admissions:

– Luxembourg

Languages:

– English
– French
– German
– Luxembourgish

Memberships:

– Luxembourg CFA Society
– Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI)
– Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA)

Law Firm:

We deliver deep legal expertise and practical commercial judgment for high-stakes matters in sectors with the greatest complexities, intricacies and regulatory demands.

Dechert is organized by practice area, not geography. Our 27 offices around the globe are seamlessly integrated.

This approach allows us to deliver a team responsive to unique project requirements and provide the resources needed to complete work with speed-to-market execution. Our lawyers understand the current marketplace, as well as rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory challenges, making us a preeminent full-service advisor.

We are a global, mobile workforce of diverse skills and areas of expertise. We use a project management approach to our workflow, enabling us to quickly adapt to changing client needs, maximize technology, drive efficiency and deliver value to our clients.

Our work is widely recognized within the legal industry, including top global-wide rankings for corporate investigations, international arbitration, investment funds and life sciences (Chambers Global, 2017).

Felicia de Laat

Felicia is based in our Jersey office. She joined Mourant Ozannes in 2005 from another Jersey law firm where she had been advising on collective investment funds and corporate transactions. Felicia specialises in collective investment funds with a particular focus on private equity and property funds and regularly advises fund promoters, investors, boards, regulators and service providers across a variety of asset classes, and has acted for a number of the firm’s key clients in this area.

Professional Qualifications:

Felicia was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia in January 2000 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in September 2005 (currently non-practising in both jurisdictions).

Memberships:

Felicia is a member of the International Bar Association.

Work Highlights:

Acting as Jersey counsel to CVC Capital Partners on the establishment and launch of CVC Capital Partners VII, an expert fund dedicated to investments in Europe and North America, which closed in Q2 2017 with a hard cap of €15.5 billion and over 300 investors. Felicia also advises CVC Capital Partners in relation to their other Jersey funds including CVC Growth Partners and CVC Capital Partners Asia IV.

Advising Ardian in connection with the establishment and activities of its investment funds managed from Jersey, including ASF VI, a US$9 billion fund dedicated to the secondary market and related structures.

Recognition:

Legal 500 UK, 2016 lists Felicia as a Leading Individual for Investment Funds.
Felicia is listed in Citywealth’s ‘IFC Power Women Top 200 List 2015’.
Legal 500 UK, 2015 describes Felicia as “highly regarded” and she is recommended in Investment Funds.
Felicia is recognised in the Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 list, 2014.

Practice:

Mourant Ozannes is a leading international law firm advising many of the world’s foremost financial institutions, public companies, global corporations and fund promoters as well as high net worth private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. We have offices in these key offshore jurisdictions as well as London and Hong Kong.

Through our affiliated business, Mourant Ozannes Corporate Services, we also provide a comprehensive range of corporate administration services through a dedicated team of experienced professionals.

Dag Sigvart Kaada

Dag is Managing Partner of Schjødt and partner in Schjødt’s M&A and Capital Markets department. He joined the firm in 2005, and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, investments and restructuring of investment funds and industrial groups mainly in the oil and energy sector.

Dag is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Bergen. Prior to joining Schjødt he practiced as an attorney for the law firm BA-HR. Dag advises several of the leading national and international oil service companies and investment funds in relation to a wide range of acquisitions, mergers and other transactions, both cross-border and within the Norwegian market. The primary focus is within the energy sector, but his practice includes related areas such as shipping and technology. In addition to his M&A practice, Dag also advises clients on general contract law, including supply agreements, construction agreements and other industrial projects forming part of the clients’ day to day business.

Schjødt:

Our strong market share and extensive portfolio of foreign clients and matters are an important strategic advantage for Schjødt and every day we work to further improve our insight, skills and services as we work with foreign clients doing business in Norway and with Norwegian clients with activities or interests abroad.

Norway is an open and international country as regards trade and investment within almost all sectors except agricultural merchandise. Oil & gas, offshore services, fish farming, technology and shipping are all extremely international business sectors. Norway is not a member of the EU but, due to its membership of the European Economic Area, it is legally bound by EEA Law as regards the freedom of goods, services, people and financial resources.

Among our professionals are American, Chinese, British, German, Swedish, and Danish lawyers; indeed, 50% of our lawyers have legal education and/or work experience abroad. To ensure focus, specialist skills and quality client services, we have established German, Chinese and US/UK desks. We also have excellent relationships with law firms on all continents.

We have advised foreign investors on more M&A transactions than any other Norwegian firm in recent years and have seen a significant increase in international litigation and arbitration.

Masaakira Kitazawa

Masaakira Kitazawa is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, and specializes in the banking, securities and commercial fields for foreign and domestic clients. He has worked on financial regulatory matters, including corporate governance and compliance, and financial transactional matters, including acquisition and restructuring of corporate group entities as well as M&A transactions for domestic and foreign companies. He is also involved in private equity investment and securitization matters. Mr. Kitazawa was also involved in many IPO’s and public offerings as well as listings on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. His projects and transactions have included the following:

・Acting as the chief legal advisor to a temporarily nationalized Japanese bank, which was subsequently privatized. Provides ongoing advice to the subsequent entity relating to all aspects of its business, including government relations, banking, commercial transactions, acquisitions as well as general advice to management.
・Advising a prestigious UK investment bank after it failed following unauthorized Asian future transactions. The work involved intense negotiations with Japan’s financial authorities, stock exchange, and courts.
・Advising a major US financial institution on all aspects of its operations in Japan, including its consumer finance subsidiaries, acquisitions of other companies, and all issues related to compliance with strict Japanese regulatory requirements.
・Advising a major UK based venture capital and private equity entity in connection with its establishment and subsequent investment activities.
・Securitizing real properties and other assets owned by solvent and insolvent insurance companies, on behalf of funds managed and administered by a major US investment bank.
・Advising the UK Government, issuers and/or underwriters on secondary offerings in the privatization initiatives taken in the UK electricity, gas and water industries.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the merger and consolidation of the practices of three leading Japanese law firms: Anderson Mori, which established its reputation as one of the largest and most established international law firms in Japan since its inception in the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an exceptionally powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing the scale of our resources, we are well-positioned to: (1) better serve a wide client base; (2) provide even more prompt and accurate advice across a broader spectrum of legal issues; and (3) handle the largest transactions in Japan, including those which are cross-sectoral and extremely complex.

Our combined expertise enables us to deliver advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including M&A, finance, capital markets, restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are multi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders around the globe.

With a long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities, our superior expertise, coupled with our standing as one of the largest law firms in Japan, translates to not only high quality services but also time and cost efficiencies, which we share with our clients.

Our main office is in Tokyo. We also maintain offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok, and operate a Jakarta Desk.