Matthew Griffin | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Matthew Griffin
 Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin

Partner, London

Overview

Matthew heads up the London office's funds and investment management practice and is a partner in the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

He offers clients the benefit of almost two decades of experience, advising on fund secondary transactions, the formation of and investment in funds, manager-led fund restructurings and other complex fund-related transactions.

Matthew has a particular focus on private equity funds, but has also advised on hedge, infrastructure, real estate and other types of funds. He has advised a number of major domestic and international clients, who look to him for his deal-making skills and global transactional experience.

Notable recent matters include his representation of a major secondary fund manager on the provision of capital for a liquidity event for a major European fund, the provision of funding for a take-private transaction of a London AIM listed company, and that client's acquisition of a substantial stake in a South African private equity fund and facilitation of the spin-out of the fund’s manager.

Matthew has also recently advised a sovereign wealth fund on primary fund investments and secondary fund interest acquisitions valued at more than US$3 billion, and also advised a syndicate of institutional investors on a stapled primary/secondary private equity fund transaction with a value in excess of £400 million.

Prior to joining White & Case in September 2014, Matthew worked in the investment funds practices of two other, leading international law firms, and in the private equity practice of a major law firm based in Australia.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales

Education

  • LLB, University of Sydney
  • BSc, Economics, Macquarie University

Languages

  • English

Experience

HarbourVest, 2011–2014

Representation of HarbourVest Partners in a number of secondary funds transactions, including its acquisition of a substantial stake in South African private equity fund Absa Capital Private Equity Fund I (2013), its acquisition of a number of interests in Motion Equity Partners Fund I (2013/14), and its role in the take-private of Parseq plc (2011).

Sovereign Wealth Fund, ongoing

Representation of a sovereign wealth fund on primary fund investments and secondary fund interest acquisitions over a number of years, valued at more than US$3 billion.

Syndicate of Institutional Investors, 2013

Representation of a syndicate of institutional investors on a stapled primary/secondary private equity fund transaction with a value in excess of £400 million.