Claire McConway

Partner

Corporate




T: +44 (0)20 7406 1634
cmcconway@wedlakebell.com



Expertise

Claire McConway is a corporate and funds lawyer in our business advisory group.  Her practice covers 18 years of working on corporate, funds and financial services matters under English, New York and various offshore laws, with particular emphasis on alternative investments.

On the corporate side she has extensive experience in cross border public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions, in addition to IPOs and other aspects of equity capital markets work.

She also regularly advises on the structuring, formation, running and wind down of investment funds and the associated regulatory aspects.

Her clients include family offices, investment managers, private equity funds, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and trading corporates.


Recent Experience

  • Advising a family office on the establishment of two complex open ended mutual funds with combined assets of over $6bn in value.
  • Advising a family office on its own internal restructuring of its share class rights higher up in the holding structure following a downstream successful merger by scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising the manager of a US debt fund on the equity and debt restructuring of one of its borrower groups
  • Advising a sovereign wealth fund on the purchase of prime UK real estate via a leveraged holding company acquisition
  • Advising a tech start-up on equity capital raising, including negotiation of investor terms with Goldman Sachs and drafting new class rights, and establishment of a new offshore private equity fund for the founder
  • Advising a start up fund manager on the establishment of a new private equity fund, including drafting and negotiation of the partnership agreement and re-negotiation of investor terms for institutional investors prior to final closing

Career History

Claire attended Trinity College, Dublin (Law and French, class of 1997) where she was awarded an entrance exhibition prize and the French Government prize for outstanding merit and coming top of her class.

She first qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2000 following completion of her training contract with Herbert Smith in London (1998 – 2000).   She was later admitted to practise in New York, California, the Republic of Ireland, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands.

After qualifying as a solicitor she had a 9 year career practising English and New York corporate law in London.  The last 5 years of that period were spent in the London office of US firm King & Spalding where she gained experience in cross border US-UK-Middle East corporate transactions, often involving UK real estate, private equity funds and offshore structures, as well as advising US financial institutions and fund managers on the UK’s financial promotion regime.

In 2010 she joined offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman in Bermuda and later worked in the firm’s Moscow and London offices.  She was hired in 2014 by Channel Islands firm Carey Olsen and worked in its London office for over 4 years.  During her 8+ years in offshore practice she advised on British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Cayman law matters – predominantly private equity, funds, venture capital, M&A, capital markets and finance transactions.  She has made the transition back to English law practice and joined Wedlake Bell as a partner in its Business Advisory practice in 2018.

England & Wales, Solicitor
British Virgin Islands, Solicitor
New York, Attorney
California, Attorney
Republic of Ireland, Solicitor
Bermuda, Barrister and Attorney


Publications

Butterworths Journal of Banking and Financial Law

Funds Europe

HFM Week

Middle East Insurance Review


Endorsements

IFLR1000:

“Excellent to deal with, practical, commercial and understands the need for speed and cost efficiency”

“Extremely hard working and commercially focused”


Additional Information

In her spare time she does pro bono legal work for charitable organisations dedicated to the alleviation of animal suffering and promoting animal welfare.  One such example is Target Zero, a US non-profit committed to ending the euthanasia of adoptable shelter cats and dogs in the US by facilitating the roll out of trap, neuter and return schemes for community cats in local animal control ordinances.


Insights

Capital maintenance for holding companies: A comparative look at dividends and other distributions