Stephen is a partner of Maples and Calder's Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group's Dublin office where his practice primarily involves representing asset managers in connection with their Irish operations. He has extensive experience advising clients on the establishment and operation of Irish regulated investment funds, in the context of the significant legal and regulatory developments impacting this area. Stephen also has strong expertise in UCITS regulation, in particular UCITS AIFs as well as significant experience in AIFs authorised under the Irish AIFMD regime. He also advises asset managers establishing Irish authorised investment management and fund management entities, as well as the regulation of investment services in Ireland under the MiFID regime.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Funds & Investment Management
Maples Group Ranked as Top Funds Legal Adviser for 7th Year Running
Maples and Calder Ranked as Top Irish Funds Legal Adviser
Maples and Calder Consistently Ranked Number 1 for Irish Funds
Maples and Calder Advises First ICAV Registration with Central Bank of Ireland
QIAIF Loan Origination- Another First for Maples and Calder
Stephen joined the Maples Group in 2010 from a large Irish corporate law firm, where he was partner and head of investment funds. He was also previously a partner in a leading Irish law firm, during which time he managed the firm's Tokyo office, with responsibility for Asia. Stephen has spent time on secondment working for a leading US law firm and in a leading law firm in Australia.
Stephen has been recommended in the Legal 500's 2019 rankings and ranked by Chambers Global where clients report that he is "an excellent problem solver who thinks outside the box, "is very pragmatic and commercially focused" and ‘excellent in providing technical advice in a commercial way".
2002 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland
Trinity College, Dublin, 1998
Stephen regularly publishes in various financial services and legal periodicals. He also presents at international conferences on Irish regulatory aspects of investment funds. He is Chair of the Irish Funds UCITS Product Steering Group and participates in various initiatives involving the Irish funds industry.
Central Beneficial Ownership Register Introduced for ICAVs and Unit Trusts
European Commission Initiatives on Sustainable Finance - Draft Acts
Introducing the Pricing Process: New ESMA Guidance on Fund Costs Reporting
MLD5 Update and New EU AML Action Plan
Funds and Investment Management Update - Ireland and Luxembourg - Q1 2020
ESMA Final Guidance on Performance Fees in UCITS and certain AIFs