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Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

Blake-Knox, Nicholas

Firm: Walkers
Position: Partner
Address: The Exchange, George's Dock, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin 1, D01 W3P9
Phone: +353 1 470 6669
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Nicholas is based in Walkers’ Ireland office where he is a partner and head of the Asset Management and Investment Funds group in Ireland.

Nicholas has twenty years’ experience in the area of asset management and investment funds and has worked in both legal and finance related positions during this time. Nicholas 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. Nicholas has experience advising 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 AIF Regulation Working Group, the ILP Implementation Working Group and Brexit Steering Group 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.


Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies (BBLS), University College Dublin
Masters in Business Administration (MBA), London Business School
Diploma in Applied Finance Law, Law Society of Ireland


Member of the Law Society of Ireland
Member of the Law Society of England and Wales (not practising)
Nicholas is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute
Nicholas is a member of the UCITS Product and Brexit Steering Groups at Irish Funds