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Asset Management & Investment Funds


James Phelan is a Partner in William Fry’s Asset Management & Investment Funds Department, specialising in advising asset managers in relation to the establishment, regulation and ongoing management of a wide variety of investment funds in both the UCITS and alternative arenas.  He has specialist experience in advising in relation to the establishment of both physical and synthetic ETFs and has also been involved in providing detailed guidance to fund directors in relation to corporate governance standards and the Central Bank of Ireland’s fitness and probity regime.

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Ireland > Investment funds

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William Fry is ‘an acknowledged leader in advising ETFs‘, assisting with the establishment of European ETF platforms and handling major acquisitions in that space. The team’s strong client base includes leading global promoters of Irish-domiciled funds and fund service providers. As well as the establishment and regulation of UCITS and alternative funds, the practice has experience advising on the authorisation of UCITS management companies and AIFMs. The highly experienced Dan Morrissey leads the practice, while other key contacts include James Phelan, who is recommended for his ‘exceptional understanding of the regulatory landscape‘ surrounding various types of investment funds; Vincent Coyne, who has particular expertise in alternative funds;  Patricia Taylor and John Aherne, who specialise in regulatory matters; and the ‘knowledgeableSergey Dolomanov, who is noted for his strength in the ETF space.