Grace O'Connor

Senior Associate | Dublin
Asset Management and Investment Funds

Grace advises fund promoters/asset managers, investment funds, management companies and their service providers on a wide range of legal, regulatory and compliance matters – including the structuring, establishment and regulation of all types of mutual funds. Her clients are Irish and international – mainly from the UK, Italy and the US.

Grace’s experience includes working for two years in the Irish Stock Exchange’s Funds Listing Department. She is a member of the Irish Funds working group EMIR and has lectured in the Law Society of Ireland on investment fund related matters.

Grace’s representative transactions include advising:

  • An Irish manager on the establishment and approval of sub-funds within one of its umbrella UCITS with varying strategies and complex use of derivatives.
  • A large UK asset manager on the establishment and approval of sub-funds within its umbrella QIAIFs (marketing mainly to UK pension funds), some of which benefit from UK tax transparency status.
  • An Irish asset manager on the updating of multiple terms of business contracts, including liaising and negotiating with each counterparty.
  • Large umbrella UCITS and AIFs mainly structured as fund of funds/fund of hedge funds – ongoing advice on post-authorisation legal, regulatory and compliance issues.
  • UCITS in multiple European and non-European jurisdictions – ongoing advice and co-ordinating registration, including liaising with local counsel in the relevant jurisdictions.
  • Various types of Irish-regulated entities within a large group of companies on acquiring transaction notifications and regulatory filings.

Related Practice Areas

Asset Management and Investment Funds

Financial Services


University College Cork

The Law Society of Ireland.

Also admitted in: England and Wales