Mark Dillon


Mark Dillon

National Partner

Dublin | 5 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, D02 CK83, Ireland
+353 1 436 8567 | +353 1 633 5845


Mark Dillon focuses his practice on the establishment, authorization and operation of investment funds, including all forms of Irish regulated UCITS, alternative investment funds, and private equity funds. Mr. Dillon advises clients on international funds in jurisdictions across Asia and Europe, providing bespoke investment strategies and regulatory compliance guidance, and more recently has been advising clients on Brexit strategy.

Mr. Dillon has considerable experience advising on all stages of new investment funds, giving insight on prime brokerage agreement; overseas securities lending agreements; cross margining and netting agreements; ISDAs; and accompanying ISDA Annexes. Mr. Dillon also has knowledge of insider dealing, licensing, retail, listing, and private placement requirements in multiple jurisdictions, with an emphasis on Hong Kong. Mr. Dillon is well placed, given his experience, to assist global clients in establishing funds internationally.

Mr. Dillon is a current member of Irish Funds' Asset Management Working Group. Prior to joining Dechert, he worked in the international financial services group of a well-known firm in Hong Kong, a leading Irish firm in Dublin, and a major corporate firm in New York.

Significant Representations

  • The establishment of Cayman domiciled hedge funds, as both standalone exempted companies and segregated portfolio companies for a number of Hong Kong, Chinese and Japanese investment managers.
  • The establishment of private equity funds as limited partnerships and corporate structures, including joint ventures, property and commodity funds for UK, Hong Kong and Chinese investment managers.
  • Ongoing due diligence of target private equity fund investments for a large Japanese bank.
  • The approval of UCITS umbrella funds, for large UK and Canadian investment managers.
  • The establishment and authorization of Irish AIFMs.
  • The approval of a new unit trust qualified investor fund targeted at pension funds, for a large UK investment manager.
  • The establishment of Cayman domiciled loan origination funds for Hong Kong investment managers.
  • The facilitation of UCITS, QIAIF and Cayman domiciled fund investment in China A Shares through QFII, RQFII and Stock Connect.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.


  • University College Dublin, Bachelor’s Degree, Business and Legal Studies, 2007
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2009-2011
  • Solicitor, England and Wales, 2015
Speaking Engagements
  • Investment Funds Conference: Disruption and Change in the Investment Funds Industry - Luxembourg (November, 2018)