Kirstene Baillie, Partner, Financial Services and Funds
I am a financial services specialist and I head the Fieldfisher financial services group.
With over 25 years' experience in this sector, my practice has evolved alongside clients' businesses. It covers the establishment of a wide range of UK and international products and services – regulated and alternative, of all types of insurance and pension products, and often involving the creation of novel product structures. Also I advise a wide range of clients on a diverse spectrum of financial services regulatory matters – from perimeter issues, to complying with conduct of business rules and assessing the impact of implementation of EU Directives, to devising regulations from first principles - notably in relation to rule books for DPB professional bodies.
I like to take a keen interest in working with the industry in relation to proposals for legal and regulatory changes, both in the UK and internationally. I am a member of the UK FCA's Legal Experts Group regarding implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. For Lexis Nexis, I am a member of their Consulting Editorial Board. I am immediate past Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Investment Funds Committee and participated in the Financial Services Section of the IBA's LPD Council.
Regular seminar speaking commitments offer an ideal opportunity to share views on current hot topics and to meet leading lights in the financial services sector. Currently I am Co-Chair of the Organising Committee of the IBA's Globalisation of Investment Funds Conference, working with ICI Global in 2014. Recent commitments include presenting a paper on UCITS developments at a conference organised by ERA, which is supported by the European Union, in Trier; chairing a panel for IBA on retail regulatory developments in Boston; and writing an article on AIFMD for Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers.
'Financial services and funds group head Kirstene Baillie is admired by peers and clients alike for her succinct legal and regulatory advice, particularly with regards to new funds products and services.' (Chambers 2013, Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory)
'Kirstene Baillie heads the firm's financial services and funds group and, according to peers, is 'very knowledgeable' and 'always works collaboratively on a deal to get things done.' She is highly active on the regulated funds side, but also has particular experience in real estate funds and alternative fund vehicles.' (Chambers 2013, Investment Funds: Open-ended Funds)
'Practice head and UCITS expert Kirstene Baillie is ‘very good: very nice to work with, has excellent knowledge and gets stuck into the detail’.' (Legal 500 2012, Investment Funds)
'Kirstene Baillie has been described as 'Industry-renowned on the open ended side with impressive expertise in collective investment schemes and up to date knowledge of the UK regulatory environment'. Sources say: 'She stands out as one of the best informed, most respected specialists in this sector'.' (Chambers UK 2010)
The Legal 500 2014 describes me as having "exemplary knowledge in this area"
Chambers UK 2015 says "She's very prompt and also tries to put herself in your shoes. She looks at things from your perspective, at what you're trying to achieve"