Simon Firth advises financial services firms on a range of legal and regulatory matters. Clients include investment managers, advisers, brokers and fund promoters.MEHR
His funds experience covers the establishment, promotion, regulation and operation of closed and open-ended investment funds including hedge, private equity, property and UCITS funds. His related transactional work comprises fund seeding and restructuring and business acquisitions, and disposals in the financial services sector.
A significant component of his practice involves establishing and structuring partnership vehicles for funds and investment management businesses, principally limited partnerships and LLPs, and drafting their partnership or members’ agreements.
Mr. Firth regularly advises clients on regulatory matters, including FSA authorization, financial promotion, conduct of business rules and customer documentation. This advice often involves analysis of applicable U.K. and EU regulations against equivalent SEC provisions, and Mr. Firth is familiar with U.S. law and regulation in this field.
Mr. Firth is a regular speaker on investment management and regulatory matters, and frequently contributes articles on industry matters. He has been involved with various committees of the Alternative Investment Management Association (“AIMA”), and has been a member the Legal Advisory Group of the Investment Management Association (“IMA”). The PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and the PLC Cross-Border Investment Funds Handbook recommend Mr. Firth for investment funds, and he is recognized by The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and Expert Guides’ 2012 Banking Finance & Transactional Guide for Investment Funds in the U.K. Simon Firth is “highly recommended” as an investment funds lawyer in the 2010 Legal 500 and is listed in Who's Who Legal for Private Funds.