Carol Widger
Partner | Dublin
Carol Widger

Carol Widger is a partner in Dechert’s Investment Funds group in Dublin and Managing Partner of the firm’s Dublin office. Ms. Widger has more than 20 years’ experience advising fund promoters, fund managers, AIFMs, MiFID firms and other investment funds services firms, on matters relating to the establishment, launch and ongoing management of all types of investment funds, including UCITS and AIF products. Ms. Widger is a member of the Irish Funds ESG Working Group and serves as co-chair of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative. Carol currently acts as a senior advisor of the Dublin location for 100 Women in Finance, where she was the former Chair and founding member. 

Ms. Widger is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in her field by the independent legal directories Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 EMEA and IFLR1000. Clients note “Carol’s advice is very commercial and actionable” and “She provides commercial practicality in her advice and has deep regulatory knowledge”. 

  • Advising on a conversion of a QIAIF to a UCITS and simultaneous change of service providers.
  • Advising a global asset manager on the cross border merger of an Irish UCITS with a Luxembourg UCITS.
  • Advising on the upgrading of SFDR Article 6 funds to Article 8.
  • Advising on the launch of SFDR Article 8 funds.
  • Investment Funds – Ireland - Chambers Europe (2010 – present)
  • Investment Funds – Ireland - Chambers Global (2014 - present)
  • Investment Funds – Ireland – Legal 500 EMEA 
  • Highly Regarded – IFLR1000
  • “Woman Worth Watching” – Profiles in Diversity Journal (2020)
  • “Highly Commended” - Chambers “Diversity Lawyer of the Year: Europe-wide” (2019 & 2022)
  • ELTIF 2.0 – What’s all the hype about? - CAIA/IOB (April 2024)
  • Private Funds in Ireland – A Practical Roundtable on Private Funds and Upcoming Developments – Dechert London (October 2023)
  • 100 Women in Finance Workshop – What Does the Regulator Expect From Independent Non-Executive Directors - Dublin (September 2023)
  • AIMA Ireland Member Briefing - Dublin (June 2023)
  • The Irish ILP – An Evaluation from a Global Law Firm: How Did Iit Stack up? - Webinar (October 2021)
  • Dechert in Dublin: CP86 Stocktake - Webinar (May 2021)
  • Outcome of CBI Review of Fund Management Companies - AIMA Webinar (November 2020)
  • CP86, Organisational Effectiveness and Other Areas of Central Bank Focus Including Its Recent Closet Tracking Letter to Industry, Liquidity Management and Performance Fees - AIMA Fund Manager Briefing, Dublin (September 2019)
  • Global Trends in Private Funds, Global Alternative Funds Symposium - New York (June 2019)
  • Developments in UCITS: MiFID II, Brexit, Global Fund Distribution and Anti-Money Laundering - Boston, New York (May 2019)
  • Current Developments Affecting the Fund Industry - San Diego (March 2019)
  • 8th Annual Funds Congress - London (February 2019)
    • University College Dublin, Bachelor of Civil Law, 1995
    • University College Dublin, Post-graduate Diploma, Financial Services
    • Solicitor, Ireland, 1998
    • 100 Women in Finance 
    • Law Society of Ireland
    • Irish Funds ESG Working Group