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Michelle Moran

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Michelle Moran is a partner in the firm’s London office, where she is a member in the investment management, hedge funds and alternative investments practice group.

Ms. Moran advises European and U.S. clients on the establishment, authorization, and management of retail and institutional investment funds in the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Jersey. These include UCITS, hedge funds, private funds, investment trusts, real estate funds, segregated institutional portfolios, and exchange traded funds. She has worked on a wide variety of transactions involving investment managers, brokers, custodians, fund service providers, and operating platforms.

Ms. Moran’s extensive regulatory experience includes having participated on the EU Commission working groups responsible for formulating proposals to change UCITS legislation as well as representing numerous financial institutions on sensitive issues involving EU regulators in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

She also served as a member of both the Expert Liaison Group and the Investment Bank Advisory Panel formed by HM Treasury to advise on desired policy and legislative change prompted by the financial crisis. These groups focused principally on the drafting of the Banking Act 2009, related secondary legislation, and client asset law and regulation. She was appointed an officer of the International Bar Association’s Investment Funds Committee in January 2015.

Ms. Moran has been consistently recognized since 2005, initially as a Hot 100 lawyer and subsequently in Chambers and Legal 500.  More recently clients have commented, Ms. Moran is “Praised for her ‘knowledge of the law and regulation’ surrounding the investment funds industry, the ‘responsive and commercial’ Michelle Moran has a ‘keen legal mind and is able to combine legal knowledge with an excellent business sense’ honed by her previous role as head of legal at Invesco. Moran is also abreast of regulatory developments in the market and is well-positioned to provide ‘proactive advice’ which is cognizant of the mood music coming out of Brussels”. Legal 500 2017 - Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory).

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Moran was a partner at another global law firm.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panellist, “MiFID,” Institutional Investor Legal Forum Spring Roundtable Brussels (May 10, 2017) 
  • Chair, “Challenges and opportunities for UCIT market participants,” Euromoney The 6th UCITS Conferences 2016 (May 26, 2016) 
  • Chair, 5th UCITS Conference 2015, Euromoney Legal Forum (May 20-21, 2015) 
  • Panellist, “Counting the cost of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive,” FT Live – Regulation in Asset Management (March 24, 2015) 
  • Chair, 7th Alternative Investment Fund Regulation conference, Euromoney Legal Forum (February 24-25, 2015) 
  • Moderator, “Remuneration,” The 4th Annual Malta Fund Conference AIFMD One Year After (September 18-19, 2014)
  • Advising Pacific Management Company on a range of AIFMD, UCITS and related matters 
  • Advising Invesco PowerShares on the product build and distribution of their ETF range
  • Advising Providence Equity – Benefit Street Partners on their UCITS fund range and related UK regulatory issues 
  • Advising 3i on EU distribution related issues 
  • Advising Cenkos Securities plc, a leading specialist securities firm, on related UK regulatory obligations 
  • Advising a global investment bank and financial services corporation on a range of AIFMD related matters 
  • Advising large sovereign wealth institutions and pension funds on high value and complex cross border segregated mandates and investments in regulated European retail and institutional funds 
  • Advising promoters, funds and service providers on the impact of MiFID, UCITS IV and AIFMD with particular focus on challenging areas such as cross border mergers and remuneration 
  • Advising buy side and sell side regulated financial institutions on UK and Irish regulatory issues which has included detailed examinations of practices and procedures and managing regulatory relationships with the Financial Conduct
  • Authority, the UK Listing Authority, AIM, the Takeover Panel, the Central Bank of Ireland and other regulators around the world