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 in Legal 500 UK 2016. 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