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Pinsent Masons is a top 75 international law firm headquartered in London, with more than 400 partners and 1,700 lawyers across the world. We act for a number of asset management firms, addressing their concerns in relation to the provision of investment services and market conduct, including on a cross-border basis. We have advised asset managers on client classification, client money and custody, best execution and investment advice.

Perimeter and Authorisations 
We can advise on whether your activities will trigger licencing requirement and what other options might be possible. If authorisation is required we can advise.
We have advised asset managers on their Part 4A applications as well as variations of permission and change of control applications.

Drafting terms of business
Our lawyers advise on reviewing and drafting terms of business for a range of asset managers offering investment management services to retail investors and to institutions including insurance companies and pension funds.

Advising on EU developments
We regularly advise our clients on the latest changes brought about by the sea of EU regulations relating to Financial Institutions, including CRD, EMIR, MiFD II, AIFMD, UCITS and PRIIPS.

Advising asset managers on corporate governance issues ranging from culture risk to remuneration arrangements for senior staff.

We regularly act on the establishment and reorganisations of UCITS and AIFs as well as on-going issues for UCITS managers and AIFMs in running their funds.

Our lawyers have acted for asset managers on a range of disputes whether with suppliers or outsourced services; customer complaints; or disputes with regulators.