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Retail Funds

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

We act for clients on both the establishment of UCITS funds and on a broad range of regulatory, marketing, distribution, investment and operational issues arising for clients operating retail, regulated funds.


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Head of Investment Funds

Sam Kay

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Sam heads up the Investment Funds Group and specialises in fund formation work for a wide range of private funds. He has 20 years' experience working on investment funds projects and he has been a partner at Travers Smith since 2008.

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We advise clients on the most appropriate structure for their business, handle all aspects of fund formation including the authorisation process with the UK regulator (for both the fund and the operator), the investment management and advisory agreements, the depositary or trustee agreement and agreements with other third party service providers.  We also advise clients on marketing and distribution arrangements, platform services, tax wrappers such as ISAs and Junior ISAs.

We provide wide ranging advice on all regulatory matters associated with operating and managing UCITS funds.

Our team is characterised by its commercial, proactive approach and in depth knowledge of the UK retail funds sector.

Recent experience includes:

  • establishment of the Fundsmith Equity Fund
  • advising on the creation of a UCITS master-feeder structure and the utilisation of the UCITS management company passport
  • advising on a change in the fund hosting service provider for a management group
  • advising clients on UCITS IV and the implications for their businesses

Winner, The Lawyer Awards 2018 – Funds Team of the Year

Winner, The Lawyer Awards 2018 - Funds Team of the Year