Dean Collins is a partner in O’Melveny’s Singapore office and is the head of the Firm’s fund formation practice in Asia. Under Dean’s leadership, O’Melveny has been voted “Fund Formation Law Firm of the Year in Asia” for the past three years by Private Equity International and was selected as “VC/PE Foreign Fund Raising Legal Advisor of the Year” for 2010 and 2011 by Zero2IPO.
Dean has acted on fund formation matters for a significant number of fund managers in relation to private equity, real estate, venture capital, infrastructure and hedge funds across Asia, and has provided advice to major institutional investors funds on their investments into funds both in Asia and elsewhere. Dean is also active in fund secondaries, co-investments and other private equity related transactions. Dean’s clients include Adamas, Adams Street, Asia Growth, Axiom, Gaja Capital, GIC, Hillhouse, KV Asia, Lok Capital, Primavera, SilkRoad Property Partners and Shenzhen Fortune.
Dean has been advising on the establishment of alternative investment funds since 1995, and offers a unique perspective amongst private practice lawyers having spent over six years at Actis, the leading pan-emerging markets private equity firm, first as an in-house lawyer (where he oversaw the complex spin-out of Actis from CDC Capital Partners as well as established a number of emerging markets funds), and then as a Director in its highly regarded fundraising team (where he played a major role in the successful US$2.9bn fundraising for Actis Emerging Markets 3).
Prior to Actis, Dean worked for a leading European law firm where he advised innumerable institutions and management teams on their fundraising efforts, as well as a range of other corporate finance matters, including the structuring and execution of a number of milestone transactions in what was at the time a nascent fund secondaries market. Dean has also worked as a consultant for UBS Capital, Merrill Lynch International, and a number of private equity backed businesses.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 awarded Dean a Band 1 ranking for fund formation work, one of only two lawyers to achieve such recognition in Singapore. IFLR1000 2013 ranks him as a leading individual for fund formation. He is also the only lawyer at an international law firm in Singapore who is recognized in The International Who's Who of Private Fund Lawyers (2012 and 2013).
Chambers Asia Pacific says, “[Dean] is a well-regarded practitioner in this market, noted for his background in fund-raising. Clients say he understands funds better than most lawyers; he knows what works and what doesn’t work.” (2012) Dean is also described as “affable and professional, he is astute and is able to make quick decisions.” (2013)