Craig Borthwick


Craig Borthwick


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7631 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Craig Borthwick advises on the formation and structuring of a variety of investment funds and fund platforms as well as providing ongoing advice on general corporate, compliance and regulatory issues. He also advises on service provider documentation.

Mr. Borthwick's practice is focused on alternative asset management advising on both liquid and illiquid strategies. Start-ups and seeding deals form a significant part of his practice. 

Chambers UK 2018 recommends Mr. Borthwick as a leading lawyer for investment funds stating that he is "very hard working, diligent and knowledgeable," according to clients, who also note that "he delivers advice in an easy-to-follow manner." He is highlighted for his strength in advising on the formation and structuring of hedge funds. He is also ranked in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK as a 'Next Generation Lawyer' for hedge funds with clients commenting that he is "a very good and earnest senior associate who constantly looks out for his clients." 

Prior to joining Dechert in 2012, Mr. Borthwick spent time on secondment to a global hedge fund manager. 

Mr. Borthwick was part of the AIMA working committee on AIFMD, in particular relating to delegation arrangements.

  • University of Sheffield, Law (LLB), 2007
  • BPP Law School, LPC, 2008, Distinction
  • England and Wales
Speaking Engagements
  • JPMorgan Regulatory Breakfast Seminar (October 25, 2018)

  • HFM UK Breakfast Briefing: Trading digital assets – dealing with the operational challenges of running a crypto fund, Dartmouth House, London (January 18, 2018)

Craig Borthwick, speaks on the following discussion points: What are the key operational issues managers are having to address when looking to launch a digital asset fund who hold such assets in their portfolio? Which admins, auditors and other vendors are operating in this space, and are the custody and other solutions on offer adequate? The FCA and Esma are among regulators who have warned over the dangers presented by ICOs – where are global regulators today and where they are likely to get to in due course ? Security and custody are critical areas of concern and importance in cryptocurrency investment. How can these issues be addressed and is there a developing standard ? What concerns and challenges are investors voicing when approaching this new subset of funds?
For further information please visit the event website.

  • 2017 Prime Services Thought Leadership Conference — Hosted by Credit Suisse, London (October 12, 2017)

The Credit Suisse 2017 Prime Services Thought Leadership Conference features presentations and discussions on issues facing hedge funds. During the conference, Craig Borthwick provides a regulatory update on PRIIPs.

  • On the Launchpad in 2017: The Challenges and Choices Facing Start-Ups — HFM UK Breakfast Briefing, London (January 25, 2017)

Craig Borthwick joins the panel at this HFM UK Breakfast Briefing alongside Anavio Capital, KPMG Ireland, Stable Asset Management and Alva Capital.

  • HFM US Breakfast Briefing: MiFID II: Why US managers need to sit up and take notice, New York (September 29, 2016)

At a HFM U.S. Breakfast briefing on MiFID II: "Why U.S. managers need to sit up and take notice", Craig Borthwick speaks at a panel led discussion that provides peers within the industry with an excellent opportunity to update their knowledge on MiFID II.
Full agenda and speaker details are available on the event website.