Matthew Feargrieve is an investment funds lawyer with more than twenty years' experience of advising managers of investment funds operating in the leading jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Ireland and the Cayman Islands. He is qualified as a financial services lawyer in the UK, and as a commercial lawyer in the Cayman Islands and the Eastern Caribbean. He is also familiar with the regulation of investment funds and management companies based in Luxembourg and Ireland.
Fund managers of closed- and open- ended funds (UCITs and non-UCITs) operating in all asset classes and across a spectrum of investment strategies (both retail and alternative) rely on Matthew for counsel in legal, compliance and operational matters and on a wide range of lifecycle issues ranging from domicile choice and vehicle structuring, to capital raising and liquidity management and ultimately to wind-down, as well as on crisis management and reputational issues relevant to investor relations and capital preservation in times of draw-down and illiquidity.
Matthew provides fund managers with all of the key documentation required by their investment funds, including the prospectus and offering documents, sub-fund supplements, Key Information sheets, the fund's constitutional documents, investment management and advisory agreements, and investor side letters. He also works with the manager's third-party vendors and fund service providers when reviewing the fund's administration, custody and prime brokerage agreements. With a background in M&A, Matthew can also advise on portfolio transactional activities, and has a particular interest in commercial aviation contracts and associated regulatory matters.
His extensive experience of advising fund managers makes Matthew a valued member of the boards of investment funds in various jurisdictions, on which he acts in a non-executive capacity.
Before becoming an independent financial services consultant, Matthew worked for leading law firms in the UK and in Switzerland.