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Merlys is an agile and trusted boutique Law Firm

We are specialists in all things Regulatory for the Funds and Asset Management industries

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Merlys is an agile and trusted boutique Law Firm

We are specialists in all things Regulatory for the Funds and Asset Management industries

Find Out More

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+44 (0) 207 821 5395

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GET YOURS: 2 useful free articles and avoid costly mistakes…

1 | Read this before you set up a Virtual AGM or EGM:

 5 crucial considerations addressing the legalities and practicalities of meeting virtually.

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 5 considerations and a cautionary note before you take the step.

GET YOURS: 2 useful free articles and avoid costly mistakes…

1 | Read this before you set up a Virtual AGM or EGM:

 5 crucial considerations addressing the legalities and practicalities of meeting virtually.

2 | Fund Managers Beware… front or middle-office outsourcing:

 5 considerations and a cautionary note before you take the step.

Our mission is to be the go-to for all things regulatory for all those in the Funds and Asset Management sectors.

We bring extensive, in-depth commercial experience gained from decades of working in private practice and in-house, both on the legal and business side of banks and asset managers.

Our mission is to be the go-to for all things regulatory for all those in the Funds and Asset Management sectors.

We bring extensive, in-depth commercial experience gained from decades of working in private practice and in-house, both on the legal and business side of banks and asset managers.

Our expertise and scope of service go beyond that of a traditional lawyer or solicitor to the Fund Management and Asset Management sectors.

In addition to the legal advice one would expect from a regulatory law practice, our agile, responsive, customer-focused service means that the Merlys scope extends to strategy and practical solutions through to implementation and day-to-day maintenance: from updating and repapering product documentation, repurposing existing products, product development and launches to mergers, closures, liquidations, and all things in between.

Merlys also works with other professional practices enabling them to offer specialist regulatory expertise to their clients.

Our expertise and scope of service go beyond that of a traditional lawyer or solicitor to the Fund Management and Asset Management sectors.

In addition to the legal advice one would expect from a regulatory law practice, our agile, responsive, customer-focused service means that the Merlys scope extends to strategy and practical solutions through to implementation and day-to-day maintenance: from updating and repapering product documentation, repurposing existing products, product development and launches to mergers, closures, liquidations, and all things in between.

Merlys also works with other professional practices enabling them to offer specialist regulatory expertise to their clients.

News and Views

4th Quarter Brexit Roadmap & Commentary (September–December 2020)

4th Quarter BREXIT Roadmap & Commentary (Sept-Dec 2020)   From the first mention of Brexit, Merlys has closely followed proceedings as it relates to the Funds and Asset Management sectors. In producing this document and Roadmap, Merlys aims to provide a...

What is AIFMD 2?

What is AIFMD 2? AIFMD is the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2. The original (or first) AIFMD was implemented in 2013 and the European Commission indicated the need for a supplementary AIFM Directive (AIFMD 2) which was concluded 6 years later.  A...

Summer Update 2020

We hope that all our clients, friends and their colleagues and families remain safe and well. This is a short bulletin to up-date you on recent developments while you may be taking a well-deserved break but need to catch up on those developments. The following are in...

What Changes Have Happened to ESG in Europe?

ESG is a fast-evolving area of the law and it is increasingly influencing the funds management industry. It is very much on our radar at Merlys and we are actively keeping abreast of developments. We will be posting regular updates to add our take on this evolving...

It is essential to have effective internal controls in your business…….

Every business manager knows that it is impossible to know everything that their staff are up to and they are reliant on their staff reporting upwards accurately so that they can feel confident that their business is performing at its best.  But things go wrong from...

Knowledge Is Power – Why Not Communicating Can be Dangerous

We have all worked with people who, for a variety of reasons, believe that they can empire build and carry influence over others if they gather but do not disseminate information. This type of behaviour can start out as seemingly getting the edge over colleagues,...

News and Views

4th Quarter Brexit Roadmap & Commentary (September–December 2020)

4th Quarter BREXIT Roadmap & Commentary (Sept-Dec 2020)   From the first mention of Brexit, Merlys has closely followed proceedings as it relates to the Funds and Asset Management sectors. In producing this document and Roadmap, Merlys aims to provide a...

What is AIFMD 2?

What is AIFMD 2? AIFMD is the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2. The original (or first) AIFMD was implemented in 2013 and the European Commission indicated the need for a supplementary AIFM Directive (AIFMD 2) which was concluded 6 years later.  A...

Summer Update 2020

We hope that all our clients, friends and their colleagues and families remain safe and well. This is a short bulletin to up-date you on recent developments while you may be taking a well-deserved break but need to catch up on those developments. The following are in...

What Changes Have Happened to ESG in Europe?

ESG is a fast-evolving area of the law and it is increasingly influencing the funds management industry. It is very much on our radar at Merlys and we are actively keeping abreast of developments. We will be posting regular updates to add our take on this evolving...

It is essential to have effective internal controls in your business…….

Every business manager knows that it is impossible to know everything that their staff are up to and they are reliant on their staff reporting upwards accurately so that they can feel confident that their business is performing at its best.  But things go wrong from...

Knowledge Is Power – Why Not Communicating Can be Dangerous

We have all worked with people who, for a variety of reasons, believe that they can empire build and carry influence over others if they gather but do not disseminate information. This type of behaviour can start out as seemingly getting the edge over colleagues,...

What Our Clients Say

Verena understands the law but what sets her apart is her in-depth understanding of the business and products.

– General Counsel and Company Secretary, UK asset manager

Verena has a no-nonsense approach and always looks for the practical solution to problems.

CEO, EMEA, asset management group

It is refreshing to work with someone who sees things from the business point of view as well as having just the legal issues in mind.

Head of Regulated Products, US bank and custodian

“Verena is insightful, has great poise, is always pleasant and implemented our regulatory change programme with great efficiency.”

– Director of Compliance and Legal Services, EMEA, global custody bank

“We always appreciate Verena’s advice on how to position our negotiations with Regulators.  She has great industry knowledge.”

– Head of Product Development, global fund provider

“We were delighted, as part of our programme to enhance the visibility and leverage the functionality of our in-house legal team, to see an increase in the volume of legal work now directed to the team.  

The increase was not just because people became aware that Verena was there to assist but more because they greatly valued the quality of the legal advice Verena gave to them.

Her contribution to all aspects of the work of our in-house team was exceptional; she helped to inspire the team to take on new challenges and this resulted in business colleagues seeking out internal advice rather than directly calling external lawyers.”

– General Counsel, EEA private bank

What Our Clients Say

Verena understands the law but what sets her apart is her in-depth understanding of the business and products.

– General Counsel and Company Secretary, UK asset manager

Verena has a no-nonsense approach and always looks for the practical solution to problems.

CEO, EMEA, asset management group

It is refreshing to work with someone who sees things from the business point of view as well as having just the legal issues in mind.

Head of Regulated Products, US bank and custodian

“Verena is insightful, has great poise, is always pleasant and implemented our regulatory change programme with great efficiency.”

– Director of Compliance and Legal Services, EMEA, global custody bank

“We always appreciate Verena’s advice on how to position our negotiations with Regulators.  She has great industry knowledge.”

– Head of Product Development, global fund provider

“We were delighted, as part of our programme to enhance the visibility and leverage the functionality of our in-house legal team, to see an increase in the volume of legal work now directed to the team.  

The increase was not just because people became aware that Verena was there to assist but more because they greatly valued the quality of the legal advice Verena gave to them.

Her contribution to all aspects of the work of our in-house team was exceptional; she helped to inspire the team to take on new challenges and this resulted in business colleagues seeking out internal advice rather than directly calling external lawyers.”

– General Counsel, EEA private bank

Phone

+44 (0)20 7821 5395

Email

charles@merlys.uk

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