Ash Gulati is a Special Advisor at Cohen & Gresser’s London office with over 20 years of experience as a financial services lawyer. He has represented alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs), including managers of open- and closed-ended funds in the hedge fund and credit fund spaces. He has advised on all areas of the investment business, including the full lifecycle of alternative investment fund-structures and regulated AIFMs in multiple jurisdictions. He has also represented sell-side firms, most significantly on prime brokerage, structured and flow equity derivatives, and cash equities.

Before joining Cohen & Gresser, Ash was General Counsel of Renshaw Bay LLP, a UK fund manager specializing in real estate finance and complex credit investments. Ash served on the firm’s management and investment committees, designed the firm’s model for compliance with the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, oversaw the firm’s Compliance team and was Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Prior to that, Ash was General Counsel and Head of Compliance of a global ECM firm, Head of Prime Brokerage Legal at UBS Investment Bank, and a member of the investment funds practices of Simmons & Simmons LLP and Akin Gump LLP.

Ash studied for degrees in mathematics at the University of Bristol and law at Holborn College, London. Upon being called to the bar by The Middle Temple in 1998, Ash was awarded the JJ Powell Prize for overall performance on the Bar Vocational Course.* Prior to commencing the Bar Vocational Course, Ash was a mathematics teacher.

Ash Gulati is a Special Advisor at Cohen & Gresser’s London office with over 20 years of experience as a financial services lawyer. He…


BPP Law School (Bar Vocational Course, 1998); Holborn College (LLB, Hons, 1996); University of Bristol (B.A. Mathematics, Hons, 1987)

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*Ash does not practice as a Barrister and is not regulated by the Bar Standards Board as a practicing barrister in England & Wales. For more information, please see the Bar Standards Board's guidance for unregistered barristers.

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