The services of UK based panel directors are in demand for LLP corporate members and remuneration committees and in cases where a fund is keen to have access to local, readily available expertise on its board (this works, provided the majority of an offshore fund’s directors are offshore). Obviously, the UK is offshore for funds whose entire operation, including the investment adviser, is outside the UK.
Bridget is resident in the UK and is a senior lawyer, specialising in investment funds, financial services and regulatory legal work. She is one of London’s premier and most experienced lawyers in the field of private equity and real estate funds. Bridget graduated from the University of Southampton (LLB, 1st Class Hons) and joined the City law firm, Macfarlanes LLP, in London, where she qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. After a year’s secondment to Skadden Arps in New York, Bridget became a partner of Macfarlanes in 1988 and eventually head of Macfarlanes Investment Management Group. In each of the last ten years, Who’s Who Legal has rated her as one of the top private funds lawyers in the world. In addition, she is listed as one of the three Senior Statesmen for private equity funds for Chambers Legal Directory 2017 and 2018. In 2018 Bridget left Macfarlanes to focus on consultancy work and independent non-executive directorships.
SpecialitiesLegal, Regulation, Business Development
Caroline is resident in the UK and is a lawyer and former hedge fund CEO. Caroline was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1978 and was a member of Chambers in Gray’s Inn, where she focused on corporate and commercial law. Caroline joined GNI Ltd, the futures and options broking arm of the Gerrard Group, in 1994. She subsequently became a director of GNI Fund Management Ltd, the Group’s alternative funds business, before joining the hedge fund GLC Ltd as its CEO in 2001. Caroline held this position for some 10 years, as well as serving on the board of the company. Caroline is one of the founders and a director of IPAF (UK) Ltd and also has a limited number of independent non-executive directorships. In 2010 she was named as one of the Top 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds (the Hedge Fund Journal in association with PwC) as well as one of the 100 Influential Women in Finance working in European financial markets (Financial News).
SpecialitiesLegal, Operations, Regulation, Remuneration
Charles is resident in the UK and has wide experience of the finance industry, particularly private equity and real estate funds. Having obtained an MA in Classics from Oxford University, Charles joined SG Warburg in 1974. He initially worked in asset management and later moved to advising central banks of emerging countries on debt restructuring, which activity he then continued at CSFB. At Merrill Lynch Charles was responsible for the structuring and marketing of country funds, as well as private equity and real estate funds. Charles moved to Flemings in 1994, where he was head of Group Product Development and European Marketing and continued to focus on private equity and real estate funds. He subsequently joined Govett Investment Management as Managing Director, Funds. Charles now acts as an independent advisor to industrial and financial enterprises on raising finances, as well as being active in the charitable sector, holding both Trustee and Chairman positions.
SpecialitiesPrivate Equity, Real Estate
Stella is resident in the UK and is experienced in all non-investment activities of hedge funds, including legal, tax structuring, office and IT infrastructure, operations, personnel and regulation. After graduating from the University of Wales with a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies, she joined the graduate scheme at Morgan Stanley and began working with traditional asset managers in Client Service. In 2000 she moved into Prime Brokerage to work with the nascent hedge funds base. After roles in Client Service and Product Development, she joined the Consulting team where she subsequently became European Head of Business Consulting, working with hedge funds to help launch their businesses. Stella is one of the founders and a director of IPAF (UK) Ltd. She is also a founding member of the team at 100 Women in Hedge Funds working to introduce members to charities as potential NFP Board Trustees.