Christopher Dearie

Partner


Chris’s practice focuses on financial services law and regulation and he advises asset managers, banks and domestic and international investment funds on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues.


Experience

Chris has extensive experience in regulatory matters relating to the structuring, formation and marketing of onshore and offshore collective investment and joint venture vehicles, including partnerships, unit trusts and open and closed-ended investment companies. Chris has also advised on the regulatory aspects of numerous transactions, including in relation to the FCA’s change in control regime, the Senior Managers and Approved Persons regimes and on regulatory capital considerations.

A former funds lawyer, Chris has a particular interest in the establishment and regulation of investment funds and asset management and advisory businesses and has advised on the application of domestic and European law and regulation, including MiFID and MiFID II, the FCA’s Handbook of Rules and Guidance, the UCITS and Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directives and on market abuse. In addition, Chris has advised on the spin out of management and advisory businesses from major investment banks.

Before joining MJ Hudson, Chris was an associate in the London offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Ropes and Gray and Jones Day. During his time at Freshfields, Chris was seconded to Deutsche Banks’s asset management division in London.

Chris is a member of the Financial Markets Law Committee’s Buy Side Scoping Forum, the Financial Services Lawyers Association and the Transatlantic Regulatory Lawyers Group. Chris has authored commentaries on regulatory matters, most recently in relation to AIFMD, proposed changes to UK limited partnership legislation and the FCA’s Senior Managers regime.


Qualifications and Education

  • Solicitor (Scotland)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Aberdeen
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Strathclyde