Tom Pointer


Tom is a leading specialist in the hedge funds and hybrid funds spaces, having worked at Simmons & Simmons for over 10 years, and advises many of the largest and most well-known managers around the world on the set-up, maintenance and reorganisation of their funds and managed accounts across a range of jurisdictions and corporate structures, including companies, SPCs, limited partnerships and unit trusts. Tom has worked at the cutting edge of some of the recent legal trends for hedge and hybrid funds, including co-investment platforms, seed deals and revenue-sharing arrangements, digital assets, pass-through models and capital commitment structures. In addition to his work with established managers, Tom equally works with a number of start-up clients and was involved in the launch of several significant launches over the past few years and also subsequent work, including negotiating seed deals, launches of second funds and restructurings. He also regularly advises clients on a range of UK and European regulatory issues. Alongside his work for managers, Tom also advises a number of significant investors in hedge funds, meaning he has a unique perspective on both the legal and commercial expectations of managers and investors. Tom is recognised for combining technical excellence with commercial pragmatism and great knowledge of the market, which allows him to provide key thought leadership, such as hosting Simmons & Simmons’ monthly Hedge Fund Vista webinar. Tom has spent over a year on secondment at two international hedge fund clients, and he has also worked internationally, spending six months at the firm’s Hong Kong office and also working for three months in the New York offices of Seward & Kissel, Simmons & Simmons’ alliance firm. Tom is recognised by Legal 500 2024 as a Rising Star.