Nicholas Blake-Knox
Nicholas Blake-Knox

Partner and Head of Investment Funds


Nicholas is based in Walkers' Ireland office where he is an investment funds partner and head of the Investment Funds team in Ireland. He has over fifteen years' experience in asset management and investment funds where he has worked in both legal and finance related positions. Prior to joining Walkers he was Senior Legal Counsel of PIMCO's EMEA funds business in London.
He has extensive experience advising funds, promoters and service providers on a wide range of asset management and investment fund related matters, including on the establishment, authorisation and operation of all types of Irish investment funds including UCITS, QIAIFs, RIAIFs, fund of funds, ETF's, master-feeder structures and closed-ended funds. He authored the following industry overview: in Finance Dublin in January 2018
He has advised across a wide range of asset classes and investment strategies including hedge fund, private equity and real estate strategies as well as more traditional liquid investment strategies, with particular expertise in advising managers of fixed income and debt focussed investment strategies.
Nicholas also has extensive experience advising on cross-border asset management and investment fund related matters and has previously advised on the establishment of investment fund platforms involving funds in jurisdictions outside of Ireland, including parallel investment fund structures.
Nicholas has participated in various industry association working groups and committees (including those at the Investment Association, ICI Global and EFAMA) and has attended meetings at ESMA in Paris in order to provide technical guidance on investment fund related matters. Nicholas currently sits on the UCITS Product and Brexit Steering Groups at Irish Funds. Nicholas has spoken at a wide range of investment fund conferences and currently lectures on the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute programme which is delivered in London, Zurich and New York.