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Breathnach, Fionán

Firm: Simmons & Simmons
Position: Partner Country Head - Ireland
Address: Waterways House, Grand Canal Quay Dublin, D02 NF40
Phone: +3531 266 1111
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Fionán leads the firm’s Irish office. He has extensive experience in advising asset managers and fund promoters on the structuring and establishment of Irish domiciled funds, including UCITS and AIFs. Funds have ranged from retail funds to funds tailored for sophisticated investors and pursuing hedge, private equity, master/feeder and real asset strategies. He also advises service providers within the investment funds sector on the establishment of operations in Ireland and in relation to their ongoing businesses. Clients in this area include AIFMs, UCITS management companies, MiFID firms, fund administrators and depositaries.

Fionán also advises domestic and international institutions in the broader financial services sector on all Irish and European financial services regulatory matters, including credit institutions, insurance undertakings, investment firms and payments institutions. He advises these clients on issues such as licensing applications, corporate governance, conduct of business, capital requirements, anti-money laundering, fintech and acquisitions/disposals of businesses. He has also represented a number of clients in administrative sanctions procedures initiated by the Central Bank of Ireland.


He has served on many industry committees over the years, has spoken at numerous investment funds and regulatory conferences and lectured for 10 years on the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma in Finance Law on the topic of "Insider Dealing and Market Manipulation".