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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of work for retail fund managers and leading custodian banks. Michaela Walker, who also advises depository banks, assisted the NFU on changes to its open-ended funds, converting its non-UCITS retail funds into a UCITS range. She also has expertise in Charity Authorised Investment Funds. Pamela Thompson - now the firm's global chair - handles heavyweight regulatory and fund restructuring matters. Julian Brown, who is also admitted to practice in Luxembourg, is also a key contact. Phil Spyropoulos  is a senior associate of note. The team also advises Artemis Global Investment, Aviva Investors, Franklin Templeton and Jupiter Unit Managers Trust on various matters concerning UCITS regulation.

Macfarlanes LLP's team has 'deep and wide knowledge of investment funds of all types'. Tim Cornick  and regulatory specialist Michelle Kirschner continue to advise Vanguard Asset Management on its plans to sell its investment products online directly to British retail investors. Lora Froud, who has 'extensive knowledge and experience in retail funds and provides essential support to clients' businesses', is advising Standard Life Aberdeen on creating a NURS fund of alternative funds, and advised GAM on projects including a number of new feeder fund launches, and the termination of sub-funds. Cornick and Froud also advise Old Mutual on various matters, including the separation of Old Mutual Global Investors from Old Mutual Wealth. The firm also acts for Thesis Unit Trust Managers, which Froud advised on matters including changes of fund service providers, Comgest Asset Management, which Cornick advised on matters including passporting funds into the UK post-Brexit, and Neptune Investment Management.

CMS' retail funds practice advises leading names in the sector from offices in the Central Belt of Scotland and London. Karagh Gilliatt, who divides her time between London and Edinburgh, advised Lloyds Banking Group, T Bailey Fund Services and Standard Life Investments on various elements of MIFID compliance. Gilliatt also advised Lloyds Banking Group on terminating several capital protected funds, and the Clerical Medical OEIC. Other clients include Baillie Gifford, which Gilliatt advised on creating the Baillie Gifford Long Term Global Growth Investment Fund, which involved a merger with the existing Baillie Gifford Long Term Global Growth Fund, and Standard Life Investments, which she advised on creating an umbrella unit trust. Aidan Campbell, who is primarily based in Glasgow, also handles strategic-level work.

Fieldfisher deploys 'strong knowledge and expertise' across a range of heavyweight regulatory and fund structuring matters. Kirstene Baillie  'has deep experience and expertise in this area, and understands the policy and behind-the-scenes changes that resulted in the relevant legislation'.  She acted alongside tax specialist Nick Noble for Smith & Williamson on the wind-up of a unit trust, as part of a scheme of arrangement to merge with an unregulated fund. The firm also handles management spinouts. Other clients include Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which the team advised on regulatory issues concerning super-clean share classes; and Citibank, which it assisted with a project to distribute third-party money market funds in the UK.

K&L Gates LLP  'is one of the few firms in its space with a global profile'. Andrew Massey and Philip Morgan  advised Federated Investors on its compliance with MIFID 2. Michelle Moran, who joined the firm from Ropes & Gray LLP, is 'hugely knowledgeable and excellent at guiding clients through the pitfalls of UK funds law'. Natalie Boyd has a track record of work concerning the Middle East. Sean Donovan-Smith is now at Locke Lord LLP.

At Simmons & Simmons, Neil Simmonds  advised M&G investments on creating over 35 new sub-funds for its Luxembourg UCITS fleet to ensure that it can manage money for non-EU clients post-Brexit. Mahrie Webb  advised Legg Mason on updates across its ICVC fleet in the UK. Other clients include MAN Group, which Webb advised on launching two new sub-funds, and AQR Capital Management, which Simmonds advised on a roll-out of its Luxembourg UCITS platform into twelve EU jurisdictions. Catherine Weeks, a new partner promotion, acts for a number of heavyweight American names in the sector.

Burges Salmon LLP 'delivers on what it is supposed to do, is accommodating of business requirements and responsive to queries'. Tom Dunn, who is based in Bristol, is 'knowledgeable, practical, pragmatic and proactive' - he advised St. James's Place on various changes to its unit trusts, including the launch of six UCITS funds-of-funds authorised for sale in both London and Hong Kong, and advised Marlborough Fund Managers on its implementation of MIFID II. Other clients include Investment Fund Services.

Dechert LLP is 'very good and knowledgeable, and well-connected in the fund distribution industry too'. The team acts for a number of asset managers, including lengthy relationships with many of the leading names in the sector. Karen Anderberg, who is qualified in the US and advises on matters concerning SEC and CFTC regulation, handles work for leading UCITS managers, while Abigail Bell advises TT International. Regulatory specialist Monica Gogna joined from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Farrer & Co handles a range of work concerning retail funds, much of which involving the charitable sector. Grania Baird advised CCLA Investment Management on various matters, including issues regarding the calculation of its money market fund, and continues to advise the Charities Property Fund. Andy Peterkin also advises on regulatory matters, some of which concerning PRIIPS.

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