Simon Wright

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Simon Wright

Associate

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

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Simon Wright is a senior associate who 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.

Experience
  • 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 a major Swiss insurer on regulatory and contractual changes arising from the implementation of the European Market Infrastructure 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.

Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • England and Wales
Memberships
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association