Leading national law firm Freeths LLP has established a new specialist Private Funds department in London with the appointment of Partner George Metcalfe. George joins from Simmons & Simmons.
With more than 10 years’ experience, George has a particular focus on infrastructure, credit, private equity, venture capital, real estate and impact funds. He regularly advises fund managers on establishing new investment funds, co-investments, funds of one and managed accounts, co-GP structures, secondary transactions, and investment management issues. George also advises on carried interest, GP-co-invest and executive incentive arrangements.
As well as acting for managers, George has also advised many institutional clients on their secondary investments in private funds, co-investment vehicles and bespoke management arrangements with fund managers.
During his career George has worked in London and Hong Kong and has extensive experience of transactions across the UK, EMEA and APAC markets. He has also spent time on secondment at market-leading institutional asset management firms.
At Freeths, George will establish a new Private Funds team in London, while working alongside colleagues across the firm. With ongoing expansion, Freeths is well-placed to support clients nationally across all sectors.
Commenting on the appointment, Chris Freeston, Head of Banking & Finance said: “We are delighted to welcome George to Freeths. George brings with him a wealth of experience to expand the firm’s offering. This strategic appointment will enable us to provide expert advice in this important area and is an ideal strategic fit with our current offering and clients. George is another example of our commitment to recruit and retain the highest calibre lawyers and provide first-class advice to our impressive range of clients. We know George will be a valuable addition to the firm.”
George Metcalfe added: “I am delighted to join Freeths to lead its Private Funds practice. The firm continues to go from strength to strength in recent years and I’m very excited to be a part of its future. With its deep sector expertise, geographic presence and fantastic people, the firm is well positioned to provide fund managers and investors with a new, entrepreneurial and solutions-focused practice that works for clients.”