Christopher Hilditch joined the firm in 2002 to establish the London office, of which he is co-head. With over 25 years of experience advising many of the highest profile hedge funds, Chris focuses his practice on entrepreneurial and institutional investment managers, other financial services firms and investment funds, especially hedge funds, hybrid funds, co-investment funds and distressed funds. He provides practical and strategic advice on the structuring and operation of funds and investment managers, including fundraising, investor issues, investment transactions and financing as well as regulatory and compliance matters.
Chris is named in the "Hall of Fame" by The Legal 500 UK having previously received an "Outstanding Contribution" award for his services to the hedge fund industry (The Hedge Fund Journal Awards). Chris is also named as a leading funds lawyer in Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, Expert Guide to the Best of the Best (which named him as one of the top funds lawyers worldwide), Expert Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Lawyers, IFLR1000, PLC Cross-Border Investment Funds Handbook, Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers and Who's Who of Professionals. Chris has been described by interviewees in Chambers UK as "fantastic – practical, commercial and knows his stuff" and as a "go to lawyer for dealing with a complicated hedge fund" and in The Legal 500 UK as "excellent" and "knows the industry inside out." Clients praise his "very strong technical knowledge and commercial awareness" as well as his "deep knowledge and experience in the fund industry." Chris has participated in the UK Financial Services Authority's Legal Experts Group in respect of AIFMD and has been an active participant on various AIMA and other industry committees on matters relating to the hedge fund industry. Chris is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars, including invitation-only conferences for clients of prime brokers and other industry participants. He has also written on a wide range of hedge fund and regulatory topics. Chris is the general editor of the Chambers Alternative Funds Guide – a guide examining key industry trends and regulatory and tax matters impacting funds, managers and investors. Chris attended law school at the College of Law, Guildford and holds an MA, with honours, from the University of Oxford.