Abi Reilly

Practice Lead, Funds

Abi looks after several hundred clients on an ongoing basis, many of which have been with the firm for over 10 years. As well as looking after traditional asset managers, her team covers alternatives such as private equity, real estate, venture capital and impact funds. She also provides support to some corporate finance businesses, research providers, depositories, and placement agents.

Abi provides regulatory advice, training, support with policies, help dealing with the regulator, compliance risk assessments and monitoring, and other regulatory support. She also specialists in FCA authorisation and variations of permission, working with clients on their scope of necessary permissions and enabling them to build the appropriate compliance infrastructure so they can operate effectively as a regulated firm. Abi also conducts project work for asset managers who might have dedicated internal compliance teams but welcome additional resource, independence, challenge and assurance. She has worked with many clients on regulatory change projects such as SMCR and IFPR.

Before joining Bovill Newgate, Abi spent 18 years at UBS – first at the Investment Bank and then for ten years in Wealth Management as Managing Director, Head of Risk and Compliance for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

She started her career in the City at the time of Big Bang working for the London Stock Exchange before TSA (as was) had even come into being. Thirty-five years on and she can trace the evolution of Financial Services regulation from the various scandals that have taken place over those years. She prides herself in providing straightforward, practical advice to firms to explain the current regulatory climate and how it effects them.

Abi read English at Cambridge University and briefly taught English and Drama at secondary school level. She is also President and Chief Coach of St James’s Swimming Club.


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