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Taylor leads the China team within Deacons’ financial services practice. He has more than 20 years of experience advising on the structuring, establishment and distribution of all types of investment funds in both the retail funds and private funds space. He also advises on securities regulations and assists clients with ongoing legal, regulatory and compliance obligations.
Taylor regularly advises clients on setting up fund management businesses in Hong Kong. He also assists with onshore and offshore hedge fund start-ups and the establishment of private equity funds, hybrid funds and other alternatives, particularly with managers of Mainland Chinese background. His practice includes advising foreign fund managers on Mainland Chinese QFI matters, regulatory issues and setting up offices in Mainland China.
Taylor has advised on many innovative products including the first of many RQFII funds, the first RQFII ETF and the first RMB bond fund. He also advised on the HSBC China Dragon Fund – the first closed ended fund listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2007 for public offer, the first China A-Shares QFII fund and the first retail fund of hedge funds.
Taylor’s China team advised over 90% of the first two batches of South-bound funds to obtain SFC approval under the Mainland-Hong Kong mutual recognition of funds scheme launched in 2015.
Acknowledged as World’s leading Private Funds Lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds 2020
Recommended as a leading / highly regarded lawyer in the area of Investment Funds in the IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading International Business Law Firms (2012 – 2019)
Recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of Investment Funds by the Chambers Asia Pacific (2012-2020)
Recommended in the area of Investment Funds in the Asia Pacific Legal 500
LLB, BEc (Finance) Macquarie University, Australia (1993)