Christopher D. Christian


Christopher D. Christian


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Christopher D. Christian advises U.S. and European asset managers and investment funds and their boards of directors, including U.S. registered funds, funds organized under the European Union directive on Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), and funds organized in other jurisdictions offered on a private basis.

Mr. Christian’s practice has a significant international component. He advises offshore funds on compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements and routinely counsels European retail and institutional funds on organization, registration, corporate governance, and global distribution issues. He has assisted clients in coordinating offering advisory services and various types of investment funds in compliance with local law in jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin and South America.

Mr. Christian is also the architect of Dechert’s World Compass, an innovative marketing compliance subscription service that offers investment firms advice in more than 100 jurisdictions.

Mr. Christian has been recognized as a leading lawyer for registered funds by Chambers USA. A recent edition stated that “he is extremely knowledgeable in international regulatory products and is also very knowledgeable in international marketing." Clients report that "he has been outstanding; he brings a wealth of knowledge on the offshore fund and UCITS market to the table and has a lot of experience and knowledge about this space." A past edition of Chambers Global stated that he is “an internationally renowned UCITS expert, who actively contributes to Irish-based investment work from Boston. Clients say, ‘He is an innovator and has produced an amazing platform to help clients with product distribution and UCITS worldwide. A unique, worldwide expert who has developed amazing tools and has a lot of practical knowledge of how the markets work.’” He has also been recognized in The Legal 500 (U.S.) in the area of mutual/registered funds.

Mr. Christian is the former Chair of the International Bar Association's Investment Funds Committee and was recently selected as Chair of the Irish Funds North America Distribution Working Group. He has spent considerable time working in Dechert's London office and is a frequent conference speaker.

  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1995
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1998, cum laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Securities and Financial Regulation, 1999
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • International Bar Association