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Profile: Stuart Martin

A founding Partner of Dechert’s London Financial Services Group


Dechert Partner, Stuart Martin, received The Hedge Fund Journal’s 2017 award for “Law and Practice: Outstanding Contribution”. During his career, Martin has repeatedly been associated with ground-breaking legal work. Following the post “Big Bang” regulatory reforms in the late 80s, he worked on the fledgling offshore fund structures, acted on the first UK unit trust to be authorised under the new Financial Services Act legislation and worked with clients closely associated with the developing offshore fund industry, including the foundation of Dublin’s fund and asset administration industry. As part of Dechert’s nascent London team, he led the work on adapting US style master feeder structures for the London market and has played a leading part in the development of alternative fund structures in liquid and less liquid asset classes, including funds and structures investing in emerging markets and credit. More recently, he has been heavily involved in the development of alternative fund structures focused on loan origination.

As a student of Modern History and Politics at Manchester University, Martin’s first ambition had been to forge a career in journalism, as a political correspondent, specialising in UK, Russian and Chinese politics but ultimately he resolved to become a lawyer. In the early 1980s it was not typical for aspirant lawyers to initially study a non-law discipline, unlike in the US (it is obligatory in Canada). Nowadays, a higher proportion of lawyers in the UK take this route and this is reflected in Dechert’s and other law firms’ trainee intakes. Today, many lawyers have first studied arts, liberal arts or literary subjects and some have studied science – such as Dechert’s Boston-based tax partner, Adrienne Baker, who featured in The Hedge Fund Journal’s Leading 50 Women in Hedge Funds 2015 report, and initially studied physics at MIT. Martin believes a more varied educational background amongst lawyers is beneficial to both law firms and clients.

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