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Matthew Nortcliff

Head of Funds and Indirect Real Assets, Asia

CMS Holborn Asia
7 Straits View
Marina One East Tower
Singapore 018936
Languages English

Matthew heads CMS’ Funds and Indirect Real Assets team in CMS Asia, having been based in Singapore since 2010.

Matthew advises on fund formation, fund investments and fund closings and on related regulatory and compliance issues, including AIFMD and its impact on non-EU fund managers.

He has wide-ranging experience of multiple fund structures and sectors, including advising on funds established in Singapore, Cayman Islands, Mauritius, Bermuda, the Channel Islands, Luxembourg, the United States and the UK, and on funds investing in real estate, infrastructure, PE, VC, debt, bonds and credit opportunities across developed and developing markets. Matthew also has experience of establishing Shariah-compliant funds.

Matthew’s clients include global institutional fund managers and LPs, as well as smaller fund managers, multi-manager investors and family offices.

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Relevant experience

  • UBS’ global multi manager team on its investments into multiple pan-Asian real estate funds.
  • Global Student Accommodation Group on the establishment and closing of a four party club-fund to invest in Japanese purpose built student accommodation assets.
  • Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia (EPF) on the establishment of a € multi-billion Shariah complaint European real estate fund.
  • IBM UK Pension Scheme on its investments into multiple global private equity funds.
  • Atos Pension Fund on the Fund’s investment in global and emerging market debt funds.
  • Infocomm Investments - the Singapore government’s VC incubator fund on its early-stage investments, including its investment into Entrepreneur First in both London and Singapore.
  • Samena Capital on the establishment of the Samena India Credit Fund.
  • Navis Capital Partners on the establishment of the Navis Jockey Fund (2015), Navis Al-Bahhar Islamic Public Equities Fund ("Al-Bahhar") (2013) and the Navis Yield Fund (2012) and on the restructuring of the Navis Navigator Fund and the Navis Islamic Equities Fund ("NIIF") (2013), all of which are Cayman Islands funds established to invest in South East Asian equities, with Al-Bahhar and NIIF being Shariah-compliant funds.
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore on the appointment of third party investment managers in respect of the investment of Singapore's financial reserves.
  • Silk Road Holdings Pte. Ltd.- THRE’s Singapore-domiciled Enhanced Tier Fund on the structuring and financing of its high-end designer outlet mall investments in China, including its joint venture arrangements with European investors and local Chinese developers.
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  • 2003 – Legal Practice Course, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, Oxford
  • 2002 – LL.B., University of Exeter, Exeter
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23 Oct 18
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