Gowling WLG bolsters investment funds practice with private funds partner hire

International law firm Gowling WLG has bolstered its leading investment funds practice with the appointment of Katherine Rainwood as partner in London.

Katherine is a vastly experienced private funds lawyer with more than 16 years of experience advising clients on all private fund formation investment vehicles across multiple asset classes and jurisdictions. She has particular expertise in credit and private equity, advising US managers moving into Europe predominantly focusing on Luxembourg and Ireland, offshore jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands and a focus on Asian funds including Singapore and the Middle East.

Katherine also has a leading practice in fund finance, providing legal support for liquidity solutions for asset managers, from financings structured as securitisations to hybrid and subscription line facilities. Her expertise in this area will strengthen Gowling WLG's strong finance team.

She joins the firm from leading European private credit manager Pemberton Capital, where she was managing director and head of funds legal. Prior to this she was a partner at Paul Hastings in London.

Katherine said: "I'm excited to have joined the firm to continue the growth of the investment funds practice. We have extremely strong capability to advise asset management clients on all fund formation opportunities and a fantastic international platform. I'm looking forward to working closely with our sector teams and wider finance and private equity practices as part of our full-service offering to clients."

Kristian Rogers, partner in the Investment Funds team at Gowling WLG, added: "We are thrilled to welcome Katherine to the firm to further strengthen our private funds capability. We've known Katherine for some time – she has a fantastic reputation in the market and will be a huge asset for our team, the wider firm, and our clients."

Gowling WLG's Investment Funds team - ranked one for listed firms in Legal 500 UK 2023 - is one of the leading advisers to the investment funds sector, and brings together a wealth of talent covering tax, corporate, finance, regulatory and dispute resolution. With a long-established presence in the investment funds industry, the team advises on all types of alternative investment funds in the UK and globally, which invest in a wide variety of asset classes.

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