Paul Dodd works closely with partners Jason Glover and Gareth Earl in the Private Funds Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in London. He focuses on financial regulation, in particular, the regulation of alternative investment funds under the AIFMD, their marketing in the UK and, through advice provided by the Firm’s network of foreign counsel, elsewhere in Europe. Paul began his legal career at the Department of Justice in Canada in 1993. After qualifying, he worked as a barrister and solicitor in Vancouver, British Columbia before moving to London in 1998 to work at a magic circle firm in structured finance (securitization).
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Blackstone Debating Medal (1993)
Howard Tidswell Memorial Scholarship in Law (1993)
Doctoral Fellowship: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) (renewed annually 1983 to 1986)
Louise McKinney Scholarship for Academic Excellence (1981)
University of Calgary, 1993 LL.B.
University of Calgary, 1983 M.A.
University of Calgary, 1981 B.A.
University of British Columbia, 1987 Ph.D. Studies
- Member, Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Member, Transatlantic Lawyers Regulatory Forum
England and Wales 2000
British Columbia, Canada 1994
Alberta, Canada 1994
Paul Dodd is Counsel in the Private Funds Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in London, where he focuses on financial regulation, and in particular, the regulatory issues affecting managers under the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD).
Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Paul worked at the Financial Services Authority/Financial Conduct Authority in London where he worked as a senior associate in the General Counsel’s Division focusing on regulatory changes affecting wholesale markets, particularly, the changes affecting clearing (EMIR) and fund management (AIFMD). Paul would routinely respond to queries from fund managers (their counsel) about the interpretation and application of the AIFMD, advise policy colleagues, and brief senior management on AIFM legal matters for meetings of the Board of Supervisors at ESMA.
Paul acquired his initial knowledge of financial services law in the UK by working as legal and compliance officer for two authorized firms. Prior to joining the FSA (as it then was) he was chief counsel, compliance officer and MLRO at Channel Capital Advisors—a London-based asset manager managing a AAA rated credit derivatives product company. Prior to that, he had been Senior Vice President of European Legal Affairs, compliance officer and MLRO at Radian Financial Products Limited—a broker that arranged monoline insurance protection for its sister company, Radian Asset Assurance.
Paul received his LL.B. in 1993, his M.A. in 1983 and his B.A. in 1981 from the University of Calgary; he studied for a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia from 1983 to 1987 in the area of philosophy of logic and language. After teaching philosophy at a junior college from 1987 to 1990, he returned to university to study law.
Paul was appointed a justice of the peace in 2014 and is a regular volunteer for HM Courts Services.