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K&L Gates appoints three AIMF lawyers in new Dublin office

Global law firm K&L Gates has opened a new office in Dublin, its 48th office worldwide and ninth in Europe. The launch includes the hiring of asset management and investment funds lawyers Gayle Bowen, Shane Geraghty, and Michelle Lloyd as the office’s founding partners.

Global law firm K&L Gates has opened a new office in Dublin, its 48th office worldwide and ninth in Europe. The launch includes the hiring of asset management and investment funds (AMIF) lawyers Gayle Bowen, Shane Geraghty, and Michelle Lloyd as the office’s founding partners.

Bowen will join K&L Gates from Pinsent Masons LLP, where she was a founding partner and head of the Dublin office and is currently the leader of the firm’s Irish asset management and investment funds practice; Geraghty arrives from Dillon Eustace LLP; and Lloyd most recently practiced with Maples & Calder (Hong Kong) LLP, where she headed up the European funds team from the firm’s Hong Kong office. 

Bowen has extensive experience advising asset managers on licensing options post-Brexit, the establishment of 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. 

Geraghty regularly advises domestic and international asset managers in relation to the structuring, authorisation, and operation of a broad range of Irish fund vehicles (UCITS and AIFs). He has particular interest in alternative asset investment strategies and private markets including private debt and real estate fund vehicles. 

Lloyd has recently returned to Ireland after a decade heading the European team in Maples & Calder’s Hong Kong office. She focuses her practice on advising asset managers on the structuring, establishment, and operation of a broad spectrum of UCITS and AIFs, including hedge, mutual, and private equity funds, managed account platforms, and master-feeder structures) and the governance and distribution of such entities. 

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