Corporate Governance, Compliance & Board Evaluations - Funds

Our Team can assist with your requirements including:

  • Code Compliance Requirements – required documentation and policies;
  • Director Appointments – including consents under the Central Bank’s “Fit & Proper” standards;
  • Induction & On-going Training for Directors regarding their duties under Companies Acts and other applicable legislation, regulations, or codes of practice;
  • Board Evaluations - review of Board’s performance, individual director’s performance and procedures;
  • Evaluation of Board Papers;
  • Terms of Reference for Board Committees; and
  • Advice on the annual report on Corporate Governance.
We have advised many fund companies and fund management companies on the range of issues arising from the Code, on general corporate practice and compliance matters.

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  • According to one client, "William Fry are very approachable, respond very quickly to queries and turn documents around promptly, often outside normal hours and at weekends. The depth and breadth of knowledge in the team is high, but the lawyers also have a good commercial sense and understanding." Other Sources advise that "the lawyers are very personable to work with and provide clear and prompt advice." Clients identify "many positives in the team's commercial positioning; they have a strong brand and market influence." Chambers Global, 2017
  • William Fry has ‘a broad range of expertise’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2017
  • Sources say "The firm looks for solutions and takes a commercial approach. The advice always puts the law into practical terms and helps us to overcome hurdles, or find another route to what we want to achieve. The client service is top drawer."  Clients state: "The firm puts the interests of its clients first, providing pragmatic, solution-driven advice in a refreshing way, which is clear, commercial and free from the legal jargon often associated with law firms." Chambers Global, 2016
  • "The team is responsive and the quality of advice is good, backed up by knowledge of the industry as well as the law.
    Chambers Europe, 2015
  • William Fry ‘balances legal guidance with commercial requirements’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
  • A highly regarded group, advising leading investment managers, administrators, custodians and global service providers on the gamut of funds work. Offers standout expertise in Dublin's ETF market.  "We really appreciate the breadth of this practice." "The team has great connections with the regulators and was excellent to work with."  Chambers Europe, 2014
  • Sources say: “The team helps us to navigate processes successfully. The advice is seamless and the lawyers have a great approach to client service.”  Chambers Europe, 2013


Dan Morrissey

  • Interviewees "have a high regard" for team co-head Dan Morrissey. Chambers Global, 2017 
  • Dan Morrissey is an extremely experienced senior partner who has served as a non-executive director for a number of leading fund management platforms. Sources describe him as "a very learned all-rounder in the funds industry, and a leading light with extremely useful knowledge." Chambers Europe, 2016
  • Dan Morrissey has ‘great knowledge.' Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
  • Department head Dan Morrissey is unanimously recognised as a high-profile figure in Ireland's funds market. Chambers Europe, 2014
  • As former chair of the Irish Funds Industry Association, Daniel Morrissey has huge experience and expertise in the area. Chambers Europe, 2013 

Patricia Taylor

  • Patricia is well regarded for advising custodians and service providers on regulatory matters. She has specialist knowledge of QIFs and changes related to UCITS V. Chambers Global, 2017
  • Sources describe her as an "absolutely expert adviser, who has a real wealth of knowledge." Chambers Global, 2016 
  • Patricia Taylor is ‘a top choice for regulatory advice’Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
  • Patricia Taylor is described by one source as "very technically strong and a regulatory expert." Chambers Europe, 2014
  • Patricia Taylor is ‘an innovative and strategic thinker’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2014

Vincent Coyne

  • According to clients, Vincent Coyne is "great at managing clients' expectations. He is detailed and prompt in his responses, and is also commercially minded in his advice and suggested solutions." Chambers Global 2017
  • Vincent Coyne "can always be relied on" Legal 500 EMEA 2017

James Phelan

  • James Phelan has ‘a keen eye for detail’. Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Key Contacts

Dan Morrissey Partner

Patricia Taylor Partner