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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

1 WOOD STREET, CHEAPSIDE, LONDON, EC2V 7WS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7919 4500
Fax:
Fax 020 7919 4919
DX:
154280 CHEAPSIDE 8
Email:
Web:
www.eversheds-sutherland.com

Michaela Walker

Tel:
Work +44 207 919 0541
Email:
Eversheds Sutherland

Work Department

Michaela undertakes a wide range of financial services work including establishing unit trusts and open-ended investment companies. She acts for fund management clients in all aspects of their regulated activities and product development as well as related corporate work. She has been involved in a number of mergers of authorised unit trusts conversions and restructuring into OEICs and schemes of unitisation.

She is lead author of the commentary on the 'Collective Investment Schemes Sourcebook' for Butterworths' Financial Regulation Service.

In Michaela, we are fortunate to deal with a Partner who is not only vastly experienced but who is highly adept at assisting CIP in moving forward what can sometimes be complicated/stressful negotiations with a firm eye always on the bottom line. This again is hugely appreciated."

Andrew Newson, Citibank International Plc

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Position

Partner


London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious

Within: Financial services: contentious

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP department provides a broad range of regulatory advisory services, particularly specialising in cryptoassets. Co-head Michaela Walker advises fund management clients and depositary banks in regulated activities and product development, as well as related corporate work; co-head David Saunders has expertise in project managing regulatory investigations, regulatory change projects and past business reviews for financial services firms. The contentious wing of the practice is notable for anti-money laundering regulations, financial crime and is appointed to the FCA/PRA Skilled Person’s panel. The firm also has an in-house team of regulatory consultants and compliance professionals. Gregory Brandman leads the contentious team and specialises in representing financial institutions, senior managers and approved persons in FCA and PRA enforcement proceedings. He can call on the expertise of Jake McQuitty, formerly the Head of Investigations & Enforcement at Barclays Bank plc, who focuses on corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of corporate crime and investigations specialist Steve Smith, who joined from Nomura International Plc, and hedge fund expert Ben Watford, who joined from MJ Hudson. Partner Neill Blundell left for Macfarlanes LLP in 2018.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Within: Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP department provides a broad range of regulatory advisory services, particularly specialising in cryptoassets. Co-head Michaela Walker advises fund management clients and depositary banks in regulated activities and product development, as well as related corporate work; co-head David Saunders has expertise in project managing regulatory investigations, regulatory change projects and past business reviews for financial services firms. The contentious wing of the practice is notable for anti-money laundering regulations, financial crime and is appointed to the FCA/PRA Skilled Person’s panel. The firm also has an in-house team of regulatory consultants and compliance professionals. Gregory Brandman leads the contentious team and specialises in representing financial institutions, senior managers and approved persons in FCA and PRA enforcement proceedings. He can call on the expertise of Jake McQuitty, formerly the Head of Investigations & Enforcement at Barclays Bank plc, who focuses on corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of corporate crime and investigations specialist Steve Smith, who joined from Nomura International Plc, and hedge fund expert Ben Watford, who joined from MJ Hudson. Partner Neill Blundell left for Macfarlanes LLP in 2018.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Real estate funds

Within: Real estate funds

Thanks to a strong historical reputation for funds regulation work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP often advises clients on compliance with non resident Capital Gains Tax (CGT), European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and Brexit planning. Besides fund management work of this kind, the firm's recent highlights have been marked by an increasingly steady flow of fund formation instructions. The group is capable of handling matters involving alternative real asset classes such as build-to-rent schemes and homeless shelters. Additional teams in Luxembourg, Dublin, Hong Kong and the US ensure seamless coordination during cross-jurisdictional fund work. Michaela Walker heads up the practice; Richard Batchelor is an expert in alternative funds.

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Retail funds

Within: Retail funds

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's track record serving clients in the fund management industry dates back to the 1960s. It has a particularly dominant presence in the retail funds market, where it acts for many of the largest and most active asset managers, insurance companies and pension funds. It is also increasingly sought out to act for banks and institutional investors. Team head Michaela Walker has an excellent record establishing unit trusts and open-ended investment companies, and handling mergers of authorised unit trusts, among other matters. Phil Spyropoulos is a go-to adviser for advice on charity authorised investment funds. Camilla Spielman is an expert in funds taxation. Richard Batchelor is another name to note. Pamela Thompson is chair of the firm and joint head of the UK financial services team. .

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