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Ravi Longia

Partner (London) and Head of Investment Funds (UK), London

Ravi is a leading investment funds lawyer who is a Partner (Corporate) and Head of Investment Funds (UK) at DWF, advising private fund sponsors, asset managers and investors active in alternative asset spaces such as private equity, venture capital and real estate.
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Ravi advises private fund sponsors, asset managers and investors active in alternative investment spaces such as private equity, venture capital, real estate and debt on:

  • Private investment fund structuring, capital raising and operations.
  • Other investment products e.g., co-investment structures, SMAs, deal-by-deal arrangements, pledge funds, JVs, private capital club deals and other non-blind pool arrangements.
  • Carried interest arrangements.
  • Investment management.
  • Primary fund investments.
  • Private fund regulation and marketing.
  • Secondaries and other liquidity solutions.
  • Service provider arrangements.

Private Investment Funds and Investment Management:

Ravi advises international and local private fund sponsors and investment managers on all aspects of the private fund investment life cycle, from structuring and capital raising to investment, through investment management and onto exit.

His extensive international expertise spans key private fund and alternative asset jurisdictions such as the UK, Luxembourg, United States, the Netherlands, Jersey, Guernsey, Cayman, BVI, Gibraltar etc.

In particular, he advises private fund sponsors and investment managers on:

  • structuring, marketing, negotiating and operating private investment fund and other unregulated investment arrangements;
  • close-ended and open-ended structures;
  • onshore, offshore and cross-border funds, structures and investment arrangements;
  • the full range of management incentives, including carried interest and house commitment arrangements.

Co-investments & Deal-By-Deal:

Ravi helps investment fund managers develop and execute co-investment and other structures to raise and invest capital either alongside existing investments or as standalone transactions. This covers co-investment structures; deal-by-deal structures; pledge fund and framework arrangements; holding company solutions; and other structuring arrangements.

Indirect Secondaries and Other Liquidity Solutions:

Ravi advises fund sponsors and GPs, secondary buyers and fund investors on executing secondaries and other fund-related transactions, including: LP portfolio sales and acquisitions; stapled secondaries; GP-led fund restructurings; strip sales; and other secondaries arrangements.

Fund Regulation and Marketing:

Ravi specialises in enabling non-EU fund sponsors to overcome EU regulatory hurdles in order to access EU institutional and retail investors. Similarly, he advises non-UK fund sponsors on accessing UK retail and institutional investors. He advises on:

  • EU fund regulatory and marketing regimes, such as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), European Venture Capital Fund Regulation (EuVECA), European Long-Term Investment Funds Regulation (ELTIF), Cross-Border Marketing Rules etc.
  • UK fund regulatory and marketing regimes, such as Alternative Investment Fund Managers Regulation (AIFMR), Registered Venture Capital Fund Regulation (RVECA), Collective Investment Scheme regime (CIS), Financial Promotion Order (FPO) etc.

Investor Representation:

Ravi is experienced in advising a wide range of investors around the globe on their investments in private investment funds and SMAs (e.g. private equity, venture capital, real estate, fund-of-funds, debt / credit, infrastructure and hedge). Such investors include sovereign wealth funds, public and corporate pension plans, insurance companies, banks, funds-of-funds, local enterprise partnerships, family offices and high-net-worth persons.


  • Chambers & Partners UK (2022) and Chambers Europe (2022): "He knows the market very well." "Ravi is excellent - he is deadlines-driven and finds solutions." "Ravi is instrumental in solving problems with creative solutions. He has great attention to detail and shows impressive knowledge."
  • Chambers & Partners UK (2021) and Chambers Europe (2021): "Ravi's ability to see the bigger picture is immensely helpful as there are often delicate trade-offs between our business positions, legal positions, and how these impact our broader market relationships.” “He provides thorough review and analysis and is pragmatic where needed.” “He is extremely smart, capable and commercially astute.”
  • Legal 500 UK (2020): “Ravi Longia [is] excellent, highly reactive and always ready to provide solutions.”
  • Legal 500 UK (2024) and Legal 500 UK (2023): Ravi was cited under the ‘Private Funds’ category for two consecutive years in his prior role as the head of investment funds at a leading UK law firm.


  • The Law Society of England and Wales.