Sarah Maguire

Sarah Maguire


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Sarah is based in Walkers' Ireland office where she is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds group. Sarah has many years' experience practising as an investment funds lawyer. She acts for a range of funds, promoters and service providers and has extensive experience in advising on the establishment, authorisation and operation of all types of Irish investment funds including UCITS, QIAIFs, RIAIFs, fund of funds, master feeder structures and closed-ended funds.

Sarah advises on a broad range of asset classes and investment strategies including ESG and impact, real estate, private equity, hedge, credit, loan origination and esoteric and emerging asset classes.  Sarah has particular expertise in structuring ICAV master-feeder structures for US managers. Sarah is also experienced in advising on UCITS funds including ESG focused and alternative UCITS. She has significant experience in the establishment and operation of AIF and UCITS platforms for use by third party managers and the associated establishment of UCITS and AIF "Super Mancos". Sarah is widely recognised by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

Sarah is a member of the Irish Funds Legal and Regulatory Working Group. Sarah is also a lecturer on the Law Society of Ireland's Finance Law Diploma programme.

Prior to joining Walkers, Sarah was a Partner in the Asset Management practice of a leading financial services law firm in Ireland. Sarah was seconded as Head of Legal to a global fund investor services business to oversee its global legal function.

Admitted In:
England & Wales (not practising)

Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies, University College Dublin
Master Degree in Commercial Law, awarded distinction.
Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland

2022 IFLR1000 Women Leaders

2022 Chambers Global - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "Sarah Maguire is very thorough, fair and commercial. She is everything you want from a lawyer,"

2021 IFLR 1000 (31st Edition) - Highly Regarded - "Depth of knowledge and experience, as well as a calm demeanour and approach to issues."

2021 Chambers Europe Guide - Up and Coming (Investment Funds/FS)

2021 Chambers Global Guide - Up and Coming (Investment Funds) -  Sources say that Sarah Maguire "analyses issues relatively quickly and is able to provide practical solutions." She has notable experience both in the launch of UCITS or AIF umbrella funds and in the creation of sub-funds for companies offering UCITS fund hosting services.

2020 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner and Recommended Lawyer (Investment Funds) - "Sarah Maguire has excellent legal knowledge coupled with a practical approach to interpreting the law from a business perspective." 

2020 Chambers Euope Guide - Up and Coming (Investment Funds/Financial Services)

2020 Chambers Global Guide - (Investment Funds/Financial Services) - "She has an enviable depth of experience and brings that to bear very quickly in consultations."

2020 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer and Highly Regarded

2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Investment Funds) - Sarah 'can provide creative solutions to complex problems while communicating clearly

2019 IFLR 1000- Highly Regarded - "She was great to work with and excelled in displaying superior industry knowledge, servicing the clients’ needs and meeting deadlines. She was always available and responsive in short order when needed."