Based in our Hong Kong office, Phil Culhane concentrates on private investment funds, an area in which the Firm has a highly regarded Asian and international practice. He has focused on private funds for more than a decade, advising clients throughout Asia in connection with the establishment of alternative asset management businesses and platforms, as well as their related fund-raising. Phil’s practice includes the representation of both established managers and emerging- and middle-market managers raising their first funds. His fund formation work encompasses the full range of private equity, special situations and distressed debt funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and other private investment structures. He has also lived in both Beijing and Taipei and has conversational Mandarin skills.
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- Yunfeng Capital in multiple transactions including the formation of a $1.52 billion China-focused TMT, consumer products and renewable energy industry fund and the launch of two special purpose investment funds in connection with its investment in Alibaba Group
- Blackstone Real Estate Partners Asia in the formation of a $3.5 billion fund focused exclusively on the Asia-region
- FountainVest Partners in the formation of a China growth fund
- New Horizon Capital in the formation of several China-focused private equity funds
- JPMorgan as initial purchaser in the largest ever non-investment grade corporate debt issuance in Asia
New York University School of Law, 1992 J.D.
magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
Williams College, 1988 B.A.
magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
- New York State Bar Association
- The Law Society of Hong Kong, Member, Foreign Lawyer Committee, 2003 to present
New York 1993
Hong Kong 2011
Phil Culhane is a Partner in the Firm’s Hong Kong office, and a member of the Firm's Corporate Department. Phil's area of concentration is private investments funds, an area in which the Firm has a preeminent Asian and international presence. Phil has been focused on private funds work in Asia for more than 10 years and has advised clients based throughout Asia in connection with the establishment of alternative asset management businesses and platforms and their attendant fund-raising. His practice includes the representation of both established managers and emerging and middle market managers raising their first funds. Phil’s fund formation work encompasses the range of private equity, special situations and distressed debt funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and various other private investment structures. In addition, he has extensive experience with the structuring and negotiation of jointly controlled asset managers and other special situations. Phil has also represented investors and corporations in connection with direct investments, joint ventures and acquisitions.
Phil has been recognized as one of the leading private equity fund lawyers in China/Hong Kong in surveys for many years, including most recently Chambers Asia-Pacific (2014), IFLR Guide to the World's Leading Investment Funds Lawyers (2013), The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2013) and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2014).
Since joining Simpson Thacher in 1992, Phil has spent significant time in both our New York and Hong Kong offices. Phil returned to the Firm's Hong Kong office from New York in October of 1998. He has lived, and studied Mandarin, in Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan and has conversational Mandarin skills.
Phil became a Partner in 2002. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College in 1988, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 1992, where he was elected Order of the Coif.