US private equity and real estate fund managers can now access a full range of specialist European and African fund structures and SPC investment vehicles with the appointment of investment specialist, Nicolas van Heule, as Director of North America operating from Ocorian’s New York office.

At a time when many investors are looking for higher yield opportunities and new fund products outside the US, for example through Alternative Investment Funds through European jurisdictions or African countries, van Heule's arrival provides specialist on-the-ground assistance to those wishing to navigate these markets.

Nicolas van Heule has over 12 years’ experience as an international business M&A lawyer, including four years at a top tier law firm in New York and eight years working for prominent law firms in Luxembourg.

Fluent in English and French with a good understanding of Dutch, Nicolas is a specialist in supporting clients with their investment and financing structures into and out of North America. His past expertize includes advising private equity houses, real estate funds, blue chip and listed companies in cross-border transactions including M&A, leveraged buy-outs, international re-organizations and real estate transactions.

Commenting on van Heule's appointment, Simon Burgess - Ocorian's Global Head of Alternative Investments - said: "We're delighted that Nicolas has joined the Ocorian team. His expertize across a wide range of investment and finance structures, both in the US and Luxembourg, will not only extend and strengthen our existing offer but open up the market to a greater number of US managers and investors, especially European private equity and real estate and African infrastructure."

Ocorian are a leading global provider of fund and corporate administration services, supporting funds and investment vehicles for a wide range of clients from global financial institutions and investors to boutique fund managers and high net worth individuals.

With expert teams in key international jurisdictions, including chartered accountants and qualified professional administrators, using a market leading technology platform, Ocorian's expertise encompasses the full range of funds and investment structures (including private, open-ended, closed-ended and listed structures) specializing in alternative asset classes across real estate, private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and debt.