K&L Gates have expanded to Dublin with their 48th office opening, hiring three senior asset manager and investment funds lawyers from firms including Pinsent Masons’ founding partner Gayle Bowen and two other firms.
In a statement from K&L Gates, the firm said further lawyers would be employed over time.
“As the only major AMIF market in which K&L Gates did not already have an office, Dublin represents the most logical of steps for our firm”, said Michael Caccese, K&L Gates chairman and co-leader of the firm’s AMIF practice. “We have seen our AMIF practice grow steadily over the course of the pandemic and through the past year, and the addition of these partners and a Dublin office will allow us to serve our clients in the AMIF and other practices more fully and effectively in coming years.”
Gayle Bowen has experience in establishing Irish regulated Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)-compliant alternative products, and in relation to the global distribution and marketing of Irish funds.
She has a high profile in the Irish funds industry and currently serves as chair of the Irish Funds ILP implementation working group, where she works directly with the Central Bank to represent the views of the industry. She was also previously a member of the Irish Funds Brexit Steering Group and is the outgoing chair of the Irish Funds Legal & Regulatory Committee, which liaises with the Central Bank, the Irish government and European bodies to represent the interests of the Irish funds industry.
Geraghty has joined after 16 years as a partner at Dillon Eustace. He regularly advises domestic and international asset managers in relation to the structuring, authorisation and operation of Irish fund vehicles and has particular focus on alternative asset investment strategies and private markets. He has advised on the establishment of UCITS Management Companies and Alternative Investment Fund Managers in Ireland and on the structuring of Cayman Islands fund products, having previously worked as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands.
Lloyd has recently returned to Ireland after a decade heading the European team in Maples & Calder’s Hong Kong office. Her practice focuses on advising asset managers on the structuring, establishment, and operation of a broad spectrum of UCITS and AIFs and the governance and distribution of such entities. She is an active industry participant and served as a representative for the Irish Funds Industry Association in Hong Kong for ten years.