Simon Firth advises financial services firms on a range of legal and regulatory matters. Clients include investment managers, advisers, brokers and fund promoters.
His funds experience covers the formation, 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.
Simon regularly advises clients on regulatory matters, including the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, FCA authorization, financial promotion, conduct of business rules and customer documentation. This advice often involves analysis of applicable UK and EU regulations against equivalent SEC provisions, and Simon is familiar with US law and regulation in this field.
Simon 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 of the Legal Advisory Group of the Investment Management Association (IMA).
Simon is ranked in Chambers UK 2015, where he has been praised as “excellent, very efficient.” The 2014 version of Chambers UK described him as a “highly valued funds partner” and clients noted that “‘he is a very knowledgeable individual who is more than happy to go the extra mile to get things done and isn’t afraid to push back if it is in your interests.’” Simon is also recognized in The Legal 500 UK, IFLR 1000, Expert Guides – Banking, Financial and Transactional Law and Investment Funds Lawyers for Investment Funds in the UK.