Elaine Keane



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General Experience

Elaine is an investment fund specialist focusing on the structuring of UCITS and AIF for a wide variety of asset managers, investment banks and private equity managers pursuing a broad range of investment policies and mandates.

Elaine has extensive experience in advising those funds, their management companies, directors and service providers of their regulatory, compliance and corporate governance requirements.

Elaine has a particular expertise in ETF having advised several large asset managers and ETF specialists on the establishment of their Irish domiciled ETF product and is a member of the Irish chapter of Women in ETFs.

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Recent Work
  • advising a large global asset manager on its Irish domiciled UCITS including fund mergers and restructuring
  • advising a US private equity manager on the establishment of several Irish limited partnership structures
  • advising an infrastructure focused asset manager on the establishment of an AIF
  • advising various hedge fund managers on the establishment of UCITS vehicles for their existing hedge fund strategies
  • advising a US ETF manager on the establishment of its Irish ETF product
  • advising a large hedge fund manager based in Hong Kong in respect of its Irish UCITS
  • advising a large UK investment bank on the eligibility of its proprietary financial indices under the UCITS regime
  • advising a large US private equity manager on the application of the Irish loan origination rules.

Elaine joined Simmons & Simmons in 2018 from a large Irish law firm.

She is a regular speaker at international and domestic industry events and conferences and has contributed to several leading journals and publications.

Market Recommendations
  • A noteworthy practitioner....I like her approach” (Chambers Global 2017)
  • An excellent partner who is commercially minded and straight to the point” (Chambers Global 2016)
  • Innovative, proactive and creative....receives broad praise from clients for her funds practice” (Chambers Global 2015)
  • High quality of client service” (Chambers Global 2014).