Simon Wright


Simon Wright


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7365 | +44 20 7184 7001


Simon Wright focuses his practice on financial services matters. Mr. Wright advises a range of asset manager and investor clients on regulatory issues relating to investment management and fund formation, including on the structuring, establishment and operation of investment funds and investment management arrangements. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Wright worked at an international law firm. His experience also includes serving as a vice-president of a major private bank and wealth manager, and was seconded to the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority) in 2006 – 2007.

  • Advising on the establishment and regulatory authorisation of various asset managers, under the AIFMD and MIFID II.
  • Advising fund managers and distributors on cross-border distribution and marketing under the AIFMD, under the passporting and national private placement regimes. 
  • Advising various asset managers on UK and EU regulatory issues in relation to the structuring of funds, separate accounts and other investment products and services.
  • Advising various asset managers on regulatory approval for “change in control”, on a conditional and unconditional basis, and negotiating with the FCA in this regard.
  • Advising on and implementing regulatory change projects for asset managers (MIFID II, AIFMD), with a focus on markets and trading issues.
  • Advising various US investment managers on various regulatory and structural matters in relation to Brexit.
  • Advising various asset managers on environmental, social and governance ("ESG") regulatory driven changes.
  • Advising sponsors and issuers on the impact of the EU Securitisation Regulation.
  • Advising a major UK bank and its US subsidiaries on regulatory and contractual changes arising from revisions to the FCA’s client asset rules.
  • Acting as a “skilled person” under the UK’s Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 with regard to an FCA investigation into client money and custody issues at a major UK private bank.

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

  • Downing College, Cambridge, M.A. in History, 1997, First class honours
  • Downing College, Cambridge, M. Phil. European Studies, 1998, Commendation
  • College of Law, London, CPE, 1999
  • College of Law, London, LPC, 2000
  • England and Wales
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
Speaking Engagements
  • SMCR Question Time - London (January 23, 2018)
  • MiFID II In Focus: The Final Countdown - London (December, 2017)