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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Victoria Younghusband

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Financial services; corporate, financial services and funds.


Victoria is a corporate lawyer who has over 30 years’ experience advising the asset management industry, working predominantly in London but also in Hong Kong. She advises investment funds and their directors on all aspects, from set-up, flotation and secondary issues to governance, restructuring and winding-up, as well as on financial services and corporate regulatory issues, including major shareholder notifications, short selling and the Alternative Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). She also advises on the Takeover Code. Victoria acts for both listed and unlisted funds, closed-ended and open-ended, corporates and partnerships, onshore and offshore. She also advises asset managers, both in respect of funds and of establishing, acquiring or disposing of asset management businesses, and institutional investors. Much of her work is cross-border with the managers, funds or underlying assets being based worldwide, including in particular the US, continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa. In the quoted funds arena, she acts for sponsors on occasion, as well as for the funds themselves or their managers. Experience: assisting first time and more established managers on establishing their funds and advising on distribution, including registration, where required, under the AIFMD and exercise of the UCITS and AIFMD passports; acting for major UK institutional investors and family offices on their investments into high-profile hedge funds and private equity funds, including negotiating side letters


Technical committee of the AIC; City of London Solicitors Company Company Law Committee.

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is increasingly active in providing advice to family businesses, entrepreneurs and business owners on the use of AIM fundraising transactions as a means to finance their growth plans. On the regulatory front, it has also been assisting brokers and AIM-listed companies with managing the impact of European regulations, such as the Market Abuse Regulation and MiFID II. The firm generates work from clients across a number of industries, particularly technology, investment trusts, financial services and natural resources. In the healthcare sector, in 2017, Michael Lingens acted for Minster Care Group in the £160m IPO of Impact Healthcare REIT Plc and its admission to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market. Paul Arathoon and Andrew Clarke advised Alpha FX Group Plc on its £30m AIM IPO. Other clients include fastjet Plc, Taptica International, Liberum Capital and WH Ireland. Andrew Collins leads the team, which also includes Victoria Younghusband, Chris Putt, Mark Howard and senior associate Tom Smitham. Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling joined Bird & Bird LLP.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds

Within: Listed funds

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles various advice for brokers and funds, including ones listed on AIM as opposed to the specialist funds segment. Victoria Younghusband advised India Capital Growth Fund on its upgrade from AIM to the main market, without additional fundraising. Andrew Collins advised Chelverton Small Companies Dividend Trust on an issuance of zero-dividend preference shares. As far as advising service providers is concerned, Younghusband advised Grant Thornton as NOMAD and Cantor Fitzgerald and Mirabaud Securities as joint bookrunners and brokers of a placing of shares by Duke Royalty simultaneous to its return to AIM following the suspension of its shares. Other clients include The People's Investment Trust, which the firm advised on its proposed IPO.

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