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Anne-Marie Godfrey

Anne-Marie Godfrey

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Central, Hong Kong, CHN

Anne-Marie Godfrey has extensive experience advising investment managers throughout Asia on the establishment and regulation of hedge funds, private equity funds and retail funds. She advises investment managers and advisers, fund administrators, trustees and other fund service providers on investment fund-related issues.

Ms. Godfrey advises extensively on European regulatory issues (including AIFMD) and obtains SFC authorization for UCITS funds for distribution to the retail public in Hong Kong. She has also advised on the listing of investment funds on the Irish stock exchange and on the London Alternative Investment Market and advises extensively on prime brokerage agreements, ISDA master agreements, netting agreements and credit support documentation, as well as listed futures and options agreements and other documentation relation to derivative instruments. Ms. Godfrey has advised extensively on the acquisition of fund management companies and on seed agreements.

She has published numerous articles and speaks regularly on funds-related topics at industry conferences. Ms. Godfrey has been a guest lecturer at the MSc. in Finance programme at the University of Hong Kong and is a member of LexisNexis Consultant Editorial Board for Financial Services.

Ms. Godfrey is recognized as a leading lawyer for funds and investment management in Chambers Asia, IFLR1000 (Asia-Pacific) and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. In Chambers Asia 2017 Ms. Godfrey is a listed as a notable practitioner for her hedge fund work and she is described by clients as “punctual, accurate and impressive.” The previous year (2016) in the same publication, she is noted as very accessible and very responsive."  Chambers Global 2016 quote clients who pay tribute, both to her “very hard work in the client’s interest” and her technical excellence, one interviewee commented: “Everyone is uniform in their praise for her: she’s a real fund formation person.” In Chambers Asia, 2015 clients comments that she “works hard and late, with a focus and intensity that shines through in terms of the quality of work she does” and “is in touch with the pulse of the industry and in contact with the key people.” 

“The editors of Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017 note the ‘excellent’ and ‘highly proactive’ team which ‘goes the extra mile’, and includes Anne-Marie Godfrey, who is ‘business savvy’ and ‘knows the funds world inside out’. In 2016, in the same publication, she is praised for being ‘proactive’, ‘commercial’ and ‘practical’ with credibility in US and Hong Kong regulatory matters, and a reputation for Asian hedge fund work and a sizeable component of investor work.

Ms. Godfrey was recognized in 2017 by the IFLR1000 as a Leading Lawyer who works across the region in the formation of hedge funds, private equity funds and retail funds. She was also recognized by the Hedge Fund Journal in 2015 as one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds globally and was awarded the “Best in Banking and Finance” award at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards in the same year. She was shortlisted for the “Best in Banking and Finance” award in 2016.



Professional Practice Course II, Law Society of Ireland, 2001

Professional Practice Course I, Law Society of Ireland, 1999

LL.B. (Hons), National University of Ireland, 1997

B. Corp. Law and Legal French (Hons), National University of Ireland, 1996

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England and Wales

Solicitor, Hong Kong

Solicitor, Ireland


Ms. Godfrey’s full biography can be found on the Akin Gump website (https://www.akingump.com/en/lawyers-advisors/anne-marie-godfrey.html).

Prepared 6 March 2017


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