Ajay Pathak is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group. Mr. Pathak’s practice focuses on the establishment, management and regulation of private equity funds, hedge funds and other alternative investment funds. He has established a number of funds, managed accounts and other bespoke investment structures, including open-ended and hybrid structures, across a range of asset classes such as debt, infrastructure and real estate.

He also advises on spin-outs, establishment of new asset management businesses, seeding arrangements, joint ventures, partnership matters, co-investment arrangements and incentive schemes. His experience includes advising on financial regulation and on securities trading, clearing, custody and prime brokerage arrangements.

He has particular expertise on structuring of funds and other investments into India.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2016, Mr. Pathak was a partner and led the India business group at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin).

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • UBS AG on the establishment of a $500 million oncology impact fund*
  • UK Green Investment Bank on the establishment of a £1billion renewable energy fund*
  • Cordet Capital on the establishment of a €400 million direct lending fund*
  • Abingworth on its venture fund, Bioventures Fund VI and its hedge fund, Bioequities Fund
  • Markham Rae on the establishment of a $500 million regulatory capital relief fund*
  • British Business Bank in connection with the establishment of the Accelerated Digital Ventures platform
  • Kotak Mahindra on the establishment of its $300 million India Growth Equity Fund II*
  • a US financial institution on the establishment of a €1billion infrastructure debt platform*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Mr. Pathak was seconded to Pershing Securities Ltd (affiliate of BNY Mellon) where he was responsible for managing the European in-house legal function, London, 2003-2005.


Mr. Pathak has been ranked as a leader by major UK legal directories, including Legal 500 and IFLR1000. He has most recently been recognized by whoswholegal.com in their 2022 Legal Marketplace Analysis as having a “strong grasp of the technical issues” in fund formation. Clients report “Ajay Pathak is a standout star. He has taken the time to learn everything about our firm as well as the deals we invest in so that he can advise holistically. His commerciality is second to none”

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