Ciara O’Leary
Partner | Dublin
Ciara O’Leary

Ciara O’Leary focuses her practice on investment funds, advising fund promoters and fund services firms on matters relating to the establishment, authorization, operation and ongoing maintenance of funds. Ms. O’Leary advises on all types of funds, including UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds. She has extensive experience handling matters pertaining to ETFs, alternative or structured UCITS and the use of derivatives and financial indices within the UCITS space. Ms. O'Leary is a member of the Irish Funds ETF working group.

Ms. O’Leary is recognized in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021 for investment funds. She is highlighted for her “notable experience in ETFs”. Clients state: “Ciara O’Leary understands clients’ business needs, is very commercial, has excellent industry knowledge, is very client focused and approachable, and always makes herself available” (2021).

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. O’Leary was an investment management partner at another global law firm.

  • Authorization of multiple ETF platforms regulated as UCITS and retail alternative investor funds providing both physical and synthetic exposure to a multitude of assets classes including precious metals. 
    • University College Cork, Bachelor of Civil Law, 2003
    • Law Society of Ireland, Post-graduate Diploma, Applied Finance Law, 2007
    • Ireland
    • Irish Funds ETF Working Group