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Gayle Bowen

Gayle Bowen is the managing partner of the firm's Dublin office and a member of the Asset Management and Investment Funds practice. Gayle has extensive experience advising asset managers on licensing options post-Brexit, the establishment of Irish regulated Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)-compliant alternative products, and in relation to the global distribution and marketing of Irish funds. With particular proficiency in relation to cross-border mergers, she advised on the first re-domiciliation of a Jersey fund into Ireland, on the cross-border merger of two money market fund platforms, one of the first mergers effected under the UCITS IV procedures and recently advised a large Swiss manager on the cross-border merger of 22 UCITS funds between Luxembourg and Ireland. Gayle also provides AIFMD advice to offshore managers looking to sell into Europe and has advised a number of managers on the establishment of Irish funds to implement their impact investment strategies and has advised on SFDR compliance within these strategies.

Gayle maintains a high profile in the Irish Funds industry, currently serving as chair of the Irish Funds ILP implementation working group, where she engages directly with the Central Bank to represent the views of the industry. Previously, she was a member of the Irish Funds Brexit Steering Group, and is the outgoing chair of the Irish Funds Legal & Regulatory Committee, which liaises with the Central Bank, the Irish government, and European bodies to represent the interests of the Irish funds industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Gayle was Head of Office and led the asset management and investment funds practice in the Dublin office of an international law firm. Prior to this, Gayle worked in the Dublin office of an offshore law firm based in Dublin, which she helped establish. Gayle has also worked as senior legal advisor within a large global asset management company and originally trained and qualified into the investment funds practice of a top 5 domestic Irish law firm.

Gayle has been ranked as a Leading Lawyer for a number of years with Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR and was named one of Ireland’s leading Investment Funds specialist by Euromoney Women in Business Guides.

She is a prominent figure in the funds industry and has chaired a number of Irish Funds committees, working groups and has represented the Irish Funds industry in relation to a number of key issues in discussions with the Irish government and the Central Bank of Ireland. Gayle has advised on 3 of the largest post-Brexit licensing applications with the Central Bank, on the migration of 22 UCITS funds between Luxembourg and Ireland and on the first real assets depositary to be approved by the Central Bank of Ireland. 

  • May 2022, Trends and Opportunities in the Real Asset Space, Irish Funds Annual Conference.
  • April 2022, UCITS & AIFMD Conference Chair 
  • January 2022, Speaker on Panel “Lifting the Lid on the mysterious world of third party marketing."
  • April 2021, UCITS & AIFMD Conference Chair 
  • Sept 2020, Interview Series: Female Managing Partners / Chairs in Dublin on Their Career Journeys & Lessons Learned
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Central Bank finalises macroprudential policy framework for Irish property funds,” OUT-LAW NEWS, 7 December 2022
  • “Irish Central Bank to clarify KIDs reporting obligations for UCITS funds,” OUT-LAW NEWS, 21 November 2022
  • “Irish guidance on streamlined SFDR filing process ‘offers greater flexibility,” OUT-LAW NEWS, 14 October 2022
  • "Irish ILP – fund vehicle of choice for private equity, credit and real asset funds," Private Equity Wire, 17 March 2022
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