Scott Carnachan

Consultant | Financial Services
+852 2825 9265
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"Recommended as a hedge fund specialist"

Scott has considerable experience advising on the structuring, establishment and promotion of all types of collective investment schemes, including private and retail investment products, offshore and onshore hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds and other alternative funds. Scott advises on insurance-based investment products, as well as the authorisation for public sale in Hong Kong of Hong Kong unit trusts and offshore mutual funds from a variety of jurisdictions.

Scott also advises on asset management and securities regulations, advising leading local and international asset managers, banks, custodians, trustees and insurance companies on their investment business and regulations surrounding trading activities. Scott works with players across the asset management and fintech sectors on securities regulatory issues in connection with their products and offerings.

Scott’s practice includes advising on SFC licensing requirements, and assisting with ongoing compliance issues affecting regulated intermediaries.

Scott combines many years of experience advising asset managers with five years as regional counsel for, a leading global investment manager, where he was responsible for all legal, compliance and regulatory matters across offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Scott was a partner at Deacons from 2002-2006 and rejoined as a consultant in 2011.


Scott has assisted multiple hedge fund managers in Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia to establish hedge funds and other private funds. He has recently acted for the first online peer-to-peer lending platform in Hong Kong. Scott also assists various multinational investment fund managers on authorisation of UCITS and Hong Kong-domiciled funds for retail sale in Hong Kong.

Other highlights include assisting clients with SFC regulatory enquiries, advising several insurers on changes to their offering of investment linked assurance schemes in Hong Kong in light of the changing Hong Kong regulatory environment, assisting ATS service providers in obtaining SFC’s authorisation under Part III of the SFO and advising clients on the impact on their business of Hong Kong’s proposed regulatory regime for OTC derivatives.

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B Com, University of Auckland, New Zealand

LLB (Hons), University of Auckland, New Zealand

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