Lorena Dunne


UK: +44 20 8610 1535 / Ire: +353 87 661 2739
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Lorena is the London-based Partner in our Asset Management & Investment Funds practice and Co-Head of the William Fry ESG & Sustainability Practice Group. She has extensive experience in advising a range of leading international asset managers on all matters connected with the establishment and ongoing operation of investment funds (including UCITS, AIFs, private equity funds, money market funds and ETFs) and management companies in Ireland. Lorena has also developed a particular expertise in advising on EU Sustainable Finance regulation. Qualified as a Solicitor in both the Republic of Ireland and in England & Wales, she also holds a Masters in International (including Environmental and Human Rights) Law from the University of Cambridge.

Lorena is Vice Chair of the Irish Funds ESG Policy, Legal and Regulatory Working Group and Irish Funds' representative on the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA) ESG Working Committee.

Notable work in which Lorena has been involved includes:

  • advising a wide range of asset managers in relation to compliance with the complex regulatory initiatives introduced by the new EU Sustainable Finance regime;
  • the first conversion of a fund (QIAIF) from plc to ICAV status under the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles Act 2015; and
  • conversion of a leading suite of ETFs to a new settlement model enabling cross-border transactions in the funds to take place in a single international securities depositary (ICSD).

Lorena is based in London and is highlighted for her expertise in ESG-related funds. She garners further praise for her knowledge of SFDR. Chambers Global 2022

"The team is extremely knowledgeable in technical areas, while also very reliable versus tight deadlines. Technical information was imparted in simple and effective terms, which aided processes on the client side. The team shows a strong gender balance also. They are technically proficient, extremely organised, very personable and easy to work alongside, and have a strong work ethic. Lorena Dunne is the embodiment of this." Legal 500 UK 2022

Lorena is ranked as a 'Next Generation Partner' and is praised as "extremely personable with invaluable technical abilities" by Legal 500 UK 2021.  

Lorena is described by one client as having great "attention to detail and deep knowledge of the history of our funds in Ireland. She is very personable to deal with and her analytical and technical abilities are invaluable, coupled, as they are, with a strong commercial focus. She is a longstanding and dedicated adviser to our Irish fund range." Another client adds that she "offers a great level of support and her experience with the use and operation of the ICAV structure has been invaluable." Legal 500 2020

According to IFLR 1,000 2019 Lorena is described as an "excellent commercial lawyer with a real can-do attitude...she is an impressive individual, who is self-aware and asks good questions...she focuses on details and completes all tasks with energy and gusto until the end."

Lorena Dunne is well-regarded and  "extremely responsive". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Lorena Dunne Chambers Global 2022NextGenPartner