At Smith Hamilton we meet the strategic, legal and regulatory objectives of participants in the financial services industry.
Practical legal advice is essential in the complicated financial services world. Our lawyers are industry experts only advising on financial services and constantly monitoring trends and events which may impact your business.
With onshore and offshore knowledge, as well as practical in-house experience of industry-leading firms and innovative start-ups, we can provide structuring advice for a new firm, product or location. Our aim is to get you into business efficiently, safely and effectively.
We offer adhoc legal support, outsourced general counsel services and regulatory support in the compliance world. Our senior professionals provide top-level advice and assistance to keep your firm safe and operating effectively.
This is a hot topic for the regulator. We can design a governance structure that is effective, satisfies the regulator and is proportional to your business. Where needed, we can provide individuals to act as directors, counsel or in compliance roles. All of this can be achieved on a cost-effective basis compared with the establishment of significant in-house expertise.
We work with your compliance team to ensure they are up to date with all developments in regulation and best practice, as well as providing expert legal advice on specific points of law and regulation.
Research & Development Relief
Our wealth / investment product and technology specialists work together with our professionally qualified tax accountancy and advisory partners and together have a track-record and combined experience of winning in excess of £3.5m in HM Revenue & Customs Research and Development (R&D) Relief. We have assisted our start-up and established wealth, fintech and innovation clients to apply for and receive the R&D Relief to which they are entitled and we continue to support many of our clients in this important work.
Uniquely, we have a sister consultancy company to provide implementation, change and project-specific services. Smith Hamilton Partners ensures that the advice of our lawyers can be followed through to implementation where required. For more details please visit Smith Hamilton Partners
Investment Manager and Major Fund Launch
From initial start-up to FCA-regulated manager and UCITS fund launch with over £6 billion under management in seven months. Our team ensured all regulatory and fund approvals were in place and established the network of management and platform agreements.
Private Wealth Manager
Aimed at ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices, we provided governance design, FCA approval, outsourced middle/back office and custodian agreements, general counsel services, regulatory and compliance advice and implementation.
Alternative Fund Manager
Structure design to include Cayman fund and manager, US office and FCA authorisation, contractual arrangements and fund documentation for a suite of three funds. Also provision of director to management and fund entities, advising on distribution in all parts of the world.
Niche Art Fund
Design and implementation of a closed-fund for investing in and trading major pieces of art. Services include contractual and fund documentation, provision of fund directors and governance, commercial advice on acquisition and realisation of assets.
Contact SmithHamilton to find out more about our full range of services and how we can assist you.