Dara Harrington

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Dara is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group. He has acted in a wide range of transactions advising fund promoters, investment managers, financial institutions, service providers and investors on the establishment and operation of all types of investment funds (including UCITS, QIAIFs, ICAVs, closed-ended funds, hedge funds, direct lending funds and private equity funds). Dara has also advised on a variety of cross-border merger transactions and their implications for investment vehicles and their service providers. In 2007, Dara worked in-house with the Risk Management Group of Macquarie in Australia. He has spoken at a number of investment funds conferences on subjects such as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and contributes regularly to the client briefings and industry publications. Dara is Chairman of the Irish Funds Industry Association’s AIF Regulation and AIFMD Reform Working Group and is a member of the IFIA’s Investment Limited Partnership Legislative and Brexit Working Groups.


  • Advising US investment manager on establishment of UCITS multi-manager platform
  • Advising large scale and boutique fund managers on their applications for authorisation as AIFMs by the Central Bank of Ireland
  • Advising various global asset management and private equity firms on the use of Irish QIAIF structures to invest in real estate, credit and direct lending strategies
  • Advising US investment manager on cross-border merger involving closed-ended investment fund admitted to listing on the London Stock Exchange
  • Advising German insurance group / asset manager on rationalisation of European fund range and manager structure and related cross-border merger transactions


  • LL.B (Ling. Germ.),  Trinity College Dublin, 1999
  • LL.M, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, 2000
  • Diploma in Financial Services Law and Regulation, London City University, 2006
  • Admitted as a solicitor, (Ireland) 2003
  • Admitted as a solicitor (England and Wales) (non practising), 2010
  • German Irish Chamber of Commerce
  • German Irish Lawyers and Business Association
  • Irish Funds Industry Association