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Taylor Wessing hires Shervin Shameli

Taylor Wessing hires Shervin Shameli


Taylor Wessing expands fund formation expertise, welcomes Shervin Shameli, enhancing private equity and venture capital capabilities globally

Global law firm Taylor Wessing has recently announced a significant addition to its London Private Equity and Fund Formation team. Shervin Shameli, formerly Co-Head of Reed Smith's private funds formation group in London, brings nearly two decades of industry experience to Taylor Wessing. His expertise spans advising private fund formation clients and institutional investors across various aspects of the industry.

Shameli's practice encompasses the entire spectrum of private fund formation work, specialising in the establishment and maintenance of investment funds. His vast experience ranges from assisting first-time funds to navigating the complexities of second/third vintage funds, co-investments, spinouts, and joint ventures.

This strategic hire reinforces Taylor Wessing's position as a European market leader in high-profile private equity, private fund, and venture capital work. Ed Waldron, the head of Taylor Wessing's private equity practice, expressed enthusiasm about Shameli's arrival, emphasising its positive impact on the firm's global fund formation offering.

"I am thrilled to welcome Shervin to Taylor Wessing," Waldron said. "His arrival will bolster our global fund formation offering. He is a prominent expert in advising fund managers on all aspects of establishment, structuring, and operation of private investment funds across various asset classes."

In response to his new role, Shervin Shameli conveyed his excitement about joining Taylor Wessing. He sees an opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary, go-to funds practice, leveraging the firm's existing strengths in private equity, private wealth, corporate real estate, and venture capital. Shameli is keen on continuing and expanding his representation of a diverse range of fund managers and institutional investors globally.

"I am excited to be joining Taylor Wessing and by the opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary, go-to funds practice building on the firm's existing strengths in areas like private equity, private wealth, corporate real estate and venture capital," Shameli stated. "I look forward to continuing and growing my representation of a wide range of fund managers and institutional investors globally. Clients are looking for exactly the kind of strength and depth and commercial approach that Taylor Wessing can offer on a cross-border basis."

This marks Taylor Wessing's fourth partner hire in 2024, following recent announcements of other notable additions to the team. Ryan Ferry joined to establish a Disputes practice in Dublin, Giles Crown, formerly of Lewis Silkin, added significant experience to the IP practice in London, and Charlotte Witherington moved from Freshfields to enhance the firm's market-leading financial services regulatory capability. With these strategic hires, Taylor Wessing continues to strengthen its global presence and expertise across various legal disciplines.

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