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A&L Goodbody LLP

Investment Funds/Financial Services

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What the team is known for

Assists international financial institutions with the establishment and authorisation of UCITS and non-UCITS funds, including QIAIFs and ETFs. Earns praise for property funds expertise. Has secured regulatory approval for the establishment of novel products, including cannabis ETFs. Assists with the approval process to allow fund managers to become authorised UCITS management companies, AIFMs or Super ManCos. Benefits from a key team based in London that advises UK-based asset managers on Irish funds matters.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees praise Brian McDermott for "his commercial ability to understand and see all sides of the client's problem." McDermott heads the firm's asset management and investment funds practice and receives specific praise for his experience in the structuring of property funds.

Michael Barr handles many of the firm's key funds mandates. "He has a deep understanding of the business, which helps us to get things done quickly," says one client. Interviewees praise his knowledge of property funds, one saying: "He understands them from top to bottom and makes sure that we avoid any pitfalls." "He has fantastic industry knowledge and can package it for us in terms of identifying the key aspects and what we need to do," says another client.

Irish law-qualified Stephen Carson heads the firm's London office. He often advises on Brexit-driven mandates relating either to the establishment of Irish MiFID firms or the creation of new UCITS platforms in preparation for the merger of funds out of the UK.

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Overview

Our Asset Management & Investment Funds team is a top ranked, experienced, and dynamic group of specialists, offering comprehensive legal, regulatory and taxation services to clients in Ireland and internationally. Clients include global asset managers, investment banks, fund administration groups, depositaries, prime brokers, investors in funds such as pension funds and insurance companies and other financial services organisations. 

Our market leading Asset Management & Investment Funds team comprises six partners, and over thirty-five lawyers and other professionals including two dedicated professional support lawyers, and corporate secretarial, listing and foreign registration specialists. We are supported by, and work seamlessly alongside, other specialist teams within A&L Goodbody including the tax, finance, financial regulation, real estate, corporate, data protection and regulatory risk and investigation groups.

We advise the full range of Irish fund products including UCITS, AIFs, REITs, exchange traded funds and money market funds. We advise on funds investing both passively and actively and in liquid and illiquid strategies in all asset classes.

Recognising the speed and volume of regulatory change in this area, our team issues a monthly Frontpage: Asset Management & Investment Funds Bulletin which provides a unique update of legal and regulatory developments in Irish and EU law which impacts the Investment Funds industry.



Members

McDermott, Brian (Head of Department)

Barr, Michael

Butler, Laura

Carson, Stephen

McKenna, Mary

O'Shaughnessy, Kerill

Investment Funds/Financial Services Department

A&L Goodbody LLP

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Department location

IFSC

North Wall Quay

Dublin

County Dublin

Ireland

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Investment Funds/Financial Services


Brian McDermott
Band 1
Michael Barr
Band 2
Stephen Carson
Expertise based abroad in UK