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66 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS, LONDON, WC2A 3LH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3375 7000
Fax:
Fax 020 3375 7001
DX:
32 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.farrer.co.uk

Grania Baird

Tel:
Work 020 3375 7443
Email:
Web:
www.farrer.co.uk/people/Grania-Baird/
Farrer & Co

Work Department

Banking and financial services.

Position

Grania advises asset managers, private banks and other financial services firms on all aspects of financial services law. Grania's work covers both regulatory advice as well as advising on the structuring and set up of investment funds and other products. Grania acts for both established institutions as well as start-up FCA and PRA-regulated businesses.

Career

Trained at Farrer & Co; qualified in 1996; made a partner in 2002.

Education

St Edmund Hall, Oxford University.


London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Within: Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

'Proactive, sensible' Farrer & Co provides advice ranging from the establishment of regulated businesses and financial promotion rules, to cross-border passporting and SMCR. As well as representing clients from the innovative charity sector and institutional projects, the firm has particular expertise in the asset management and private banking sectors. Practice head Grania Baird has 'a very good understanding of business and the regulatory and legal impacts on it.' She specialises in the asset management sector and acts for asset managers, wealth managers, private banks and multi-family offices on a range of regulatory issues. Notable in her team is Andy Peterkin, who led in acting for Bridgeweave Limited in relation to a financial services AI app, designed to deliver information to other financial services firms on particular stocks and investments.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Retail funds

Within: Retail funds

Farrer & Co has a strong track record advising asset managers on the establishment of authorised funds, including Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Non-UCITS Retail Schemes (NURS) funds. The firm has also established a notable profile in the area of charity funds and, in addition, has become highly reputed for its work for clients in the education sector. Senior associate Jessica Reed is part of the team which acts as a standing adviser to Rathbone Unit Trust Management on its range of funds; a past highlight involved assisting the client with its launch of the Rathbone Global Sustainability Fund, a new UCITS fund.  Another mandate saw group head Grania Baird and others act for the same client on the establishment of the Rathbone High Quality Bond Fund.

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