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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) 20 8154 6031

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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.

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

 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

ESG Series-Quick Read | Is the ESG carriage being pulled by two horses travelling at different speeds?

There has been a lot to get to grips with on the ESG disclosure front and sometimes it is difficult to see how the Taxonomy Regulation (TR), Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and the various regulatory technical standards (RTS) fit together. This Quick Read version aims to show you what to do and links to our longer read briefing document for a deeper dive.

Is the ESG carriage being pulled by horses running at different speeds?

This overview is aimed at in-scope non-EU alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) that market alternative investment Funds (AIFs) via national private placement regimes under Article 42 of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive which will include what the FCA calls “UK UCITS”. It explains SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation; looks into what is happening now and what to do next.

Brexit Series – MoU

In this article we discuss what we anticipate will be in the text of the financial services industry Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concluded at the end of March but which has yet to be published. We look at: “What does MoU mean to you”?

MiFID II

For Product Managers, Lawyers and Compliance Teams | What you need to know to get your MiFID II product governance controls in order including 6 key requirements

FinTech | Have you read the Kalifa report?

Have you Read the Kalifa Report? Today FinTech is at the heart of much of what we do.  There is no one single piece of FinTech regulation but a tapestry that does require careful navigation. Read our briefing document.

SFDR is here. What now?

SFDR into play from 10th March 2021. Many UK firms think it’s not for them. We identify where it may well be applicable and show reasons why.

Are you sure SFDR doesn’t apply to your organisation?

   Are you sure SFDR doesn't apply to you?  Update note: Since this article was published in February, we published another on 10th March - the day SFDR came into play - you may wish to read it here:  SFDR is here - Now What?  By contrast, this article said the...

Post-Brexit approach to regulating UK financial services at Q1 2021

[The Post-Brexit approach to regulating financial services in the UK as at Q1 2021    Following on from our "Key Implications” briefing note on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (24 December 2020)[5]  (the Agreement) this briefing note takes a more...

Key Implications 2020 UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The Key implications of the EU/UK Trade Agreement for Asset Management and Fund Management sectors

Breaking… It’s Good News Month for Merlys

There’s growth and good news on the 2021 horizon for Merlys as they announce a new association with Merali Beedle and welcome new team member Andre Wint into the practice.

News and Views

ESG Series-Quick Read | Is the ESG carriage being pulled by two horses travelling at different speeds?

There has been a lot to get to grips with on the ESG disclosure front and sometimes it is difficult to see how the Taxonomy Regulation (TR), Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and the various regulatory technical standards (RTS) fit together. This Quick Read version aims to show you what to do and links to our longer read briefing document for a deeper dive.

Is the ESG carriage being pulled by horses running at different speeds?

This overview is aimed at in-scope non-EU alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) that market alternative investment Funds (AIFs) via national private placement regimes under Article 42 of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive which will include what the FCA calls “UK UCITS”. It explains SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation; looks into what is happening now and what to do next.

Brexit Series – MoU

In this article we discuss what we anticipate will be in the text of the financial services industry Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concluded at the end of March but which has yet to be published. We look at: “What does MoU mean to you”?

MiFID II

For Product Managers, Lawyers and Compliance Teams | What you need to know to get your MiFID II product governance controls in order including 6 key requirements

FinTech | Have you read the Kalifa report?

Have you Read the Kalifa Report? Today FinTech is at the heart of much of what we do.  There is no one single piece of FinTech regulation but a tapestry that does require careful navigation. Read our briefing document.

SFDR is here. What now?

SFDR into play from 10th March 2021. Many UK firms think it’s not for them. We identify where it may well be applicable and show reasons why.

Are you sure SFDR doesn’t apply to your organisation?

   Are you sure SFDR doesn't apply to you?  Update note: Since this article was published in February, we published another on 10th March - the day SFDR came into play - you may wish to read it here:  SFDR is here - Now What?  By contrast, this article said the...

Post-Brexit approach to regulating UK financial services at Q1 2021

[The Post-Brexit approach to regulating financial services in the UK as at Q1 2021    Following on from our "Key Implications” briefing note on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (24 December 2020)[5]  (the Agreement) this briefing note takes a more...

Key Implications 2020 UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The Key implications of the EU/UK Trade Agreement for Asset Management and Fund Management sectors

Breaking… It’s Good News Month for Merlys

There’s growth and good news on the 2021 horizon for Merlys as they announce a new association with Merali Beedle and welcome new team member Andre Wint into the practice.

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 8154 6031

Email

charles@merlys.uk

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