Brian Kelliher

Partner | Dublin
Asset Management and Investment Funds

Brian is a highly experienced adviser on Irish financial services law focusing on asset management and investment funds, derivatives, foreign fund registrations, investment services, and regulatory and compliance.

His investment funds practice covers all fund product types – from traditional UCITS, ETFs, money market funds and alternative UCITS to the full spectrum of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs). He advises on product design, authorisation, contract negotiation, marketing, migration and all applicable regulatory and compliance matters.

Brian advises on Irish-regulated investment services, including establishment and authorisation and ongoing regulatory and compliance matters.

His clients include leading worldwide asset managers and credit institutions, UCITS, UCITS management companies, AIFs, AIFMs, ETFs, administrators, depositories, investment managers, investment advisers, brokers/intermediaries and other financial services firms.

Brian is a former member and chairman of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Irish Funds Industry Association (IF) and is currently a member of the IF UK Distribution Working Group. He is a member of the Company Law Review Group, an Irish statutory body established to advise the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on matters concerning company law.

Brian’s representative transactions include advising:

  • International asset managers on establishing UCITS funds with a range of strategies, including: managed futures; global macro focusing on RMB-denominated debt securities; equity market neutral; fixed income based on short / long term interest trends; feeder with exposure to continental European equities; multi-asset global macro; and multi strategy via fund of funds.
  • A UK asset manager on establishing a qualifying investor ICAV with a long equity strategy.
  • A US asset manager on a domestic UCITS merger.
  • A Singapore asset manager on a cross border UCITS merger.
  • A Swiss acquirer’s Irish-regulated subsidiary on the Irish regulatory implications of the acquisition of a Swiss bank.
  • An Irish fund management company on organisational changes to address Central Bank guidance on fund management companies.
  • An Irish financial counterparty on its obligations under EMIR.

Related Practice Areas

Asset Management and Investment Funds

Financial Services


University College Cork

The Law Society of Ireland

Also admitted in: England and Wales