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Laura Houët

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, Dutch, French

Laura Houët is a partner in CMS’ Financial Services and Products team in London with over 10 years’ experience advising the asset management industry.

Laura is a regulated funds specialist with particular expertise on the product side. She advises a broad range of large asset managers on all aspects of their regulated fund ranges, from structuring and authorisation to reorganisation and rationalisation. Laura also advises her clients on governance issues, including the appointment of non-executive directors. Laura has significant experience leading large scale reorganisations and business critical projects.

Laura has been closely involved in all major UK authorised fund developments over the last decade from UCITS III, IV and V to AIFMD and MiFID II. She also has significant expertise advising on the structuring and ongoing operation of PAIFs and ACSs.

As part of the CMS Funds Group, Laura also works closely with her European counterparts on the structuring of, in particular, funds based in Luxembourg and France.

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“Laura is an expert in her field... she is respected by all areas of the business from legal and compliance to fund managers and the board. She operates as an extension of her client teams and is considered as such”

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“She is extremely commercial and has provided accurate and efficient counsel to us over a number of years on complex matters.”

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Relevant experience

  • A number of asset managers on the impact of the FCA’s asset management market study, including the wholescale review and amendment of fund ranges.
  • A number of houses (in relation to both regulated and unregulated fund ranges) on the impact of responsible investment strategies for both funds and investors.
  • Significant asset management houses on the reconstruction of their life company assets into their OEIC ranges.
  • Structuring and establishment of a large number of PAIFs, as well as ongoing governance and product advice.
  • Establishment and continuing advice on a number of ACSs (real estate and equity).
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Education

2004 – LPC, BPP Law School, London

2002 – LL.M – Georgetown University, Washington D.C

2001 – LL.B (Hons), University of Glasgow, Glasgow

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10 March 2021
SF­DR and mar­ket un­cer­tainty: The post-10 March im­plic­a­tions for fund dis­tri­bu­tion...
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02 February 2021
EC Con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance: dead­line ap­proach­ing
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03 February 2021
CMS Re­new­ables Guide Launch Event
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18 December 2020
Sus­tain­able fin­ance
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24 September 2020
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11 August 2020
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05 August 2020
Sus­tain­able Fin­ance & Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment
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22 June 2020
ESMA con­sults on new rules for Cloud ar­range­ments
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03 June 2020
Risk Es­sen­tials Break­fast: Cli­mate change risk
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11 March 2020
Sus­tain­able Fin­ance or Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment – a guide for as­set man­agers
Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment has, in a few short years, moved from be­ing an out­lier in the as­set man­age­ment world to an is­sue of glob­al im­port­ance which is front and centre of polit­ic­al, leg­al and mar­ket...
February 2020
ESG snap­shot: Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment for as­set man­agers
Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment has, in a few short years, moved from be­ing an out­lier in the as­set man­age­ment world to an is­sue of glob­al im­port­ance which is front and centre of polit­ic­al, leg­al and mar­ket pri­or­it­ies...
18 November 2019
Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment- the IA's Frame­work for a Com­mon Lan­guage
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