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Dechert LLP
5 Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

Ireland > Investment funds Tier 2

Dechert LLP has continued to grow its team, especially in the associate ranks, seeking to cement its standing as one of the leading international firms in the Dublin investment funds space. The team benefits from the international firm’s presence in multiple key fund centres around Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia. The group covers all alternative and mainstream asset classes, including hedge funds, private equity funds, exchange traded securities and UCITS. It has extensive experience in structuring, establishment and ongoing compliance matters. Carol Widger leads the team and represents some of the biggest fund managers in the market. Ciara O’Leary is at the forefront of ETFs, UCITS and the use of derivatives in the UCITS segment. Declan O’Sullivan and Jeff Mackey are also key names, along with newly elected partner Mark Dillon. Former partner Mark Browne  has joined Clerkin Lynch LLP.

Practice head(s):

Carol Widger


‘Mark Dillon always a quick response (‘day and night’) with right quality and detail; also pro-active, very accountable and caring.’

Key clients

Granahan Funds Plc


Work highlights

  • Advised on a range of fund platforms (both UCITS and alternative investment funds) covering a multitude of asset classes, including fund of funds, money market funds, index tracking funds, ETFs, liquid alternatives, private equity funds emerging market and ESG investments.
  • Advised one of the top ten largest international asset managers in the world in respect of its extensive Irish-domiciled fund range.
  • Acted as Irish counsel for the authorisation of an alternative investment fund manager (AIFM), and the launch of a number of Luxembourg-domiciled alternative investment funds (Lux AIFs) managed by the AIFM.

Dechert’s Dublin office provides asset managers with full scope support in the operation of their investment products and investment management activities. Our experienced and innovative team in Dublin offers in-depth industry knowledge and practical, commercial advice.

We are uniquely positioned to support asset managers on a global scale as the only law firm with lawyers in all of Europe’s leading centres for investment funds – Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Munich and Paris – as well as throughout the United States and in Asia.

Office Managing Partner Carol 1 436 8522
Number of lawyers : Approximately 1000 worldwide
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Boston
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Charlotte
Other offices : Chicago
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Philadelphia
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : Silicon Valley
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : Washington, D.C.

Dechert has a multinational identity that is fundamentally diverse. The firm’s commitments to diversity and inclusion are not simply words written on a website – they are guiding principles that all those at Dechert should live by every day. The numbers speak for themselves – 43% of our Policy Committee (the senior management team) are women or diverse partners, 62% of the lawyers promoted to partner in January 2021 are women or diverse, and 77% of the most recent incoming class – Dechert’s future – are women or diverse.

The following are just some of the key measures that Dechert has undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at the firm.

Affinity Groups
To effect change, affinity groups identify and address diversity and inclusion-related issues, and create new and recurring programming focused on the attainment of professional and business development skills. They offer enhanced mentoring opportunities, retreats and educational workshop for diverse attorneys. Our affinity groups include:

  • Asian Affinity Group
  • Black Lawyers Alliance
  • Dechert’s Family Network
  • Global Women’s Initiative
  • Latino Affinity Group
  • LGBTQ Affinity Group
  • Dechert Heroes (Veterans Affinity Group)

Aspiring Solicitors
Dechert is an Affiliate Partner of Aspiring Solicitors (AS). 2020/2021 marks the fifth successful year of Dechert’s sponsorship of the organization’s national Commercial Awareness Competition, with the winners offered a vacation scheme and opportunity to interview for a training contract at Dechert.

Diversity and Inclusion Week
As part of the firm’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Week (July 20-24, 2020), Dechert hosted journalist and filmmaker Afua Hirsch for a provocative conversation about race, identity and belonging, as well as how what we learn (or don’t learn) about our history has an impact on racism and inequality today.

The firm also held fast-paced virtual quizzes focused on diversity, inclusion and world culture, with a charitable donation made to the winning teams’ chosen charities focused on social justice.

Diversity Champions
Recognizing the individuals who serve as role models for the inclusive, open culture we value, Dechert offers the Diversity Champions award. In 2020, our people submitted 100 nominations. Four Diversity Champions were recognized at our annual all-hands event, with honorees each awarded a bonus.

Global Women’s Initiative
Members of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) meet regularly with firm leadership to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women to advance and lead throughout the firm. Individual offices provide additional formal and informal support for women lawyers.

GWI initiatives include formal and informal mentoring, development training, meetings and events for summer associates, internal and external networking, special interest events, and leadership training. The GWI launched the Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) program for senior women associates to help navigate the path to partnership.

Inclusive Leadership
Commitment to diversity and inclusion stems from the top. Our partners have been participating in quarterly, interactive sessions on inclusive leadership since 2018. Topics include affinity bias, attribution bias, covering, in and out groups, priming, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership in times of crisis. Interactive sessions include dramatizations that prompt conversations long after the programming ends.

This program continues today, with the February 2021 session focused on actionable allyship. Inclusive leadership training has also been expanded to associates and business service professionals.

TESTIMONIAL: “Dechert consistently provides differentiating legal advice, particularly on large, complex transactions.”

TESTIMONIAL: “The firm did a great job throughout the entire process. They have been proactive and delivered quality advice. As always, a pleasure working with such a great team.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Credit Suisse
TESTIMONIAL: “We continually have the highest degree of confidence in the work product and coverage of the Dechert team, and they are always a pleasure to work with.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Saint-Gobain
TESTIMONIAL: “Saint-Gobain frequently turns to Dechert to defend the company in its most consequential, high-stakes litigation in the United States. Their sophistication, depth of experience, and legal creativity – especially in the area of complex mass tort litigation, is simply unrivalled. When the case is unprecedented and alleged to be perilous, there is no better partner to have in the trenches than Dechert.”

Dechert is a recommended firm in the Green Guide EMEA 2022. Learn more about this recognition.