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Profile: Richard Perry

Simmons & Simmons Partner and Head of Financial Services Group

PROFILE

In 2017 Richard Perry got The Hedge Fund Journal’s “Outstanding Contribution” award for Hedge Funds – Law and Practice; a gong that Simmons & Simmons’ partner, Iain Cullen, has also received in previous years. Perry’s legal career began at Stephenson Harwood, where he qualified in 1990, after reading law at King’s College London. As a newly qualified assistant solicitor working with Andrew Sutch, his focus quickly transitioned from corporate transactional to investment fund work. By 1994 Perry had set his sights on the then emerging European hedge fund industry, and was lured to Simmons & Simmons by its strong reputation in the space. Perry rapidly made partner in 1999.

He was charged with a business plan that focused on the hedge fund industry. The plan worked like clockwork. The explosive growth of Simmons & Simmons’ financial services practice has gone hand in hand with the exponential trajectory of Europe’s hedge fund industry. Perry reflects how Iain Cullen, who has advised on the set up of such luminaries as Brevan Howard, BlueCrest, Lansdowne and Egerton “has been at the epicentre of the growth of Europe’s hedge fund industry”. Perry, too, has been advising some of his clients from the very start. His first client instructions as a new partner were received as a result of a pitching process to Henderson Global Investors on the launch of the hedge fund range which went on to become the current AlphaGen range, which he continues to advise eighteen years later. Other clients that Perry credits with propelling his career include Odey Asset Management, Marshall Wace and GSA Capital. Perry continues to advise new start-up managers on the launch of their businesses and funds and has seen an increase in recent years in systematic and quantitative strategies. Simmons & Simmons advises systematic managers on issues such as ensuring code developed by new staff does not infringe the ownership rights of former employers. In this area, Perry comments that “managers are more likely these days to assert their rights against departing staff with disputes often being resolved in out-of-court settlements”.

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