Josie Liao is an associate in Goodwin’s Private Equity group. Ms. Liao specializes in fund formation and has acted for a wide range of fund managers on their fund structuring and fundraising, co-investment and carried-interest arrangements, and secondary transactions. She has also acted for investors in relation to their fund investments and has extensive experience in investor negotiation.

Ms. Liao has worked on a number of fundraisings for European buyout funds, real estate funds, debt funds and emerging market funds.

Ms. Liao is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Ms. Liao’s private investment funds experience includes:

  • Acting for UBS Switzerland AG’s Wealth Management platform in relation to its feeder funds and funds of funds.
  • Working as the project manager, and acting as “in-house” lead counsel* (and external legal counsel post-secondment) on the establishment of a hybrid fund, UBS Oncology Impact Fund, one of the largest social impact life science investment funds.*
  • Acting for Investec Asset Management on raising private equity funds and funds of different asset classes in sub Saharan Africa.*
  • Acting for Brockton Capital on its third real estate €1 billion fund, an opportunity fund to invest predominantly in UK real estate.*
  • Acting as one of the lead associates for Triton on raising its €3.3 billion fourth buyout fund.*
  • Acting for Triton on the fundraising for its €500 million debt fund.*
  • Acting for Lloyds Banking Group on its secondaries transactions, including the sale of its portfolios consisting of interests in over 65 private equity funds to a fund managed and operated by a subsidiary of the group and financed by a leading global secondary investor.*
  • Acting for Stratus Capital Partners on raising its first emerging market buyout fund.* 
  • Acting for a Jersey-based fund manager on its special situations fund investing in private deeply undervalued and underperforming listed European companies and its bespoke co-investment platform with a U.S. family office.*
  • Acting for a Middle East-based fund manager on its carried interest allocations and arrangements.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Liao was a managing associate in the International Funds Group of King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin). She was also on a six-month secondment to UBS’ Global Asset Management team in their London office in 2015.

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