Stuart Martin


Stuart Martin

Legal Consultant

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7542 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Stuart Martin has more than twenty years’ extensive experience advising international financial services and asset management businesses on their establishment and structuring, their financial products and on related corporate finance work.

Mr. Martin advises on the establishment and structuring of retail and institutional funds and platforms including hedge funds, multi-manager funds, UCITS funds, property funds, private equity funds, emerging market funds and venture capital funds. He also regularly advises on capital markets products for financial services companies, product mergers and re-organisations and listed investment funds.

Mr. Martin qualified as a solicitor in 1985 with an international law firm before subsequently joining Baring Asset Management as in-house counsel with responsibility for their investment funds in 1993. He joined Dechert as a partner in its financial services group in London at its inception in 1997.

Mr. Martin is recommended as a leading lawyer for investment funds and regulatory in The Legal 500 UK 2017 with clients commenting that he has a "deep and broad knowledge of collective investment". He is also recommended in the 2016 guide. Chambers UK 2017 describes him as a hugely experienced private funds lawyer who advises an impressive raft of clients and notes his relentless work ethic and 'client-focused and thoughtful' approach to fund formation. The 2016 edition of Chambers UK states that Mr. Martin is reputable name in the London funds team who provides a 'very good service' to fund managers. The guide also notes that he possesses an outstanding track record advising across the gamut of retail and institutional fund platforms, devising credit, debt, private, hedge and hybrid vehicles. He is also recommend in Chambers UK 2015, which states that he has a long-established reputation in the market, with a practice focusing on hedge funds and also covering credit, debt and hybrid fund types. The publication also provides client testimony that he is "one of the best technical practitioners in this field in the UK. He offers some of the most thoughtful and intelligent opinions." Mr. Martin is also recommended as a leading lawyer for investment funds in Chambers Europe 2015 and in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Private Funds 2014. He is recommended in Chambers UK 2014, which states that he “impresses with his clarity of advice” and provides client testimony that “if I want a well thought-out opinion - not academic, but something that is particularly out of the ordinary - no one is able to assess in the round better than Stuart.” He is recommended for investment funds in The Legal 500 UK 2014 and Chambers UK 2013 highlights his experience in private equity, UCITS, retail and real estate funds, as well as in providing clients with fund structuring and corporate finance advice. He is mentioned in The Legal 500 UK 2013 and highlighted in The Legal 500 UK 2012 for his “excellent judgement”. In Chambers UK 2012 he is described as “technically brilliant, enjoys the cut and thrust of negotiating documents.” Mr. Martin has previously been described by The Legal 500 UK as “approachable and commercial” and by Chambers UK as a lawyer who offers “an excellence of service and gets things done properly”, gaining particular acclaim for his work on offshore funds, where his “excellent relationships and understanding of issues” are noted assets.

Mr. Martin is a regular speaker at industry events and contributor to leading financial services and asset management publications and texts.

  • The University of Manchester, B.A., 1981, Hons.
  • The College of Law - London Bloomsbury, 1983
  • England and Wales
Speaking Engagements
  • Briefing | Brexit Issues for UK Asset Managers — London (November 28, 2017)

Speaker, "Brexit Issues for UK Asset Managers" panel.

COO and Legal Counsel Summits — Presented by HFM Week, Surrey (September 1, 2012)

  • Getting Your Business Ready for AIFM Directive Implementation — Euromoney's Third Annual AIFM Directive Conference, London (February 8, 2012)

Speaker, "Getting Your Business Ready for AIFM Directive Implementation" wporkshop examined the regulatory, technical and operational challenges involved in achieving full compliance with the AIFM Directive.

  • Getting Your Business Ready for AIFM Directive Implementation — 3rd AIFM Directive Conference, London (November 30, 2011)

Speaker, "Getting Your Business Ready for AIFM Directive Implementation" panel discussed the implementation of requirements of key elements of the AIFM Directive.

  • Legal Aspects of the Functioning of Fund Boards at a Time of Legal and Regulatory Change — 11th General Meeting of the Independent Directors Forum, Dublin (October 1, 2011)
  • Legal Aspects of the Functioning of Fund Boards at a Time of Legal and Regulatory Change - Including the Management of Conflicts of Interest and the Relationship with Fund Service Providers — MGI Fund Governance & Board Responsibilities Conference, Luxembourg (September 22, 2011)

Speaker, "Legal Aspects of the Functioning of Fund Boards at a Time of Legal and Regulatory Change - Including the Management of Conflicts of Interest and the Relationship with Fund Service Providers" panel discussed issues surrounding legal and regulatory changes concerning the functioning of fund boards.

  • The Evolving Shape of Management Businesses and Funds — HFM Operational Leaders Summit, South Lodge, West Sussex (September 20, 2011)

Speaker, "The Evolving Shape of Management Businesses and Funds" panel discussed issues surrounding funds.

  • The Life Cycle of a Fund: From Birth to Exit — LSE Alternative Investments Conference, London (January 1, 2010)
  • UK Authorised Funds in from the Cold? — JP Morgan Autumn Forum, London (October 20, 2010)

Speaker, "UK Authorised Funds in from the Cold?" panel discussion topics included: Hub and Spoke (Master Feeder Opportunities under UCITS IV and beyond); UCITS IV - any level 2 surprises; UK authorised alternatives to traditional offshore products (onshore hedge funds, fund of funds, and property funds - NURS, FAIF, QIS and PAIF); and The Empire strikes back - will the AIFM Directive benefit UK onshore products.

  • Spotlight on AIFM — HFM European Legal Summit, West Sussex (September 1, 2010)
  • Understanding the Benefits of UCITS and the Practical Implications for North American Asset Managers and Investors — European Investors Meet Canadian Managers Forum, London (May 28, 2010)
  • UCITS & Other Regulatory Developments — 5th Annual UCITS Conference, London (April 29, 2010)
  • Funds of Alternative Investment Funds: Where Next? — JPMorgan Autumn Forum, London (November 5, 2008)
  • Hedge Fund Healthcheck — UBS/ COO/CFO Conference, New Milton (October 9, 2008)
  • Panelist for Q&A Session — Prime Brokerage Services COO/CFO Conference, London (October 9, 2008)
  • “Jersey - A Diverse Offshore Centre” Experts with Expertise — Jersey Finance/ Jersey Funds Association Alternate Funds Debate 2008, London (October 2, 2008)
  • The United Kingdom Perspective — Annunziata Associati/ The Choice of the Jurisdiction for the Setting Up and Management of Funds Intended for the Italian Clients, Milan  (September 30, 2008)
  • Managing Crisis - What to Wo When Things Go Wrong in a Private Equity/Hedge Fund — ABA Section of Business Law, London (March 12, 2007)

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