Nicholas Blake-Knox is based in Walkers' Ireland office, where he is a partner and head of the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group. He advises some of the largest asset management firms globally on a range of asset management and investment fund-related matters, including the establishment, authorisation and operation of all types of Irish investment funds. Nicholas has experience in advising across a wide range of asset classes and investment strategies, with particular expertise in advising managers of fixed income and debt-focused investment strategies, as well as less liquid alternative strategies. Nicholas is admitted in Ireland and England and Wales (non-practising), and holds a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies (BBLS) from University College Dublin, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from London Business School and a Diploma in Applied Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland. He is a member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. Nicholas currently sits on the Alternative Investment Fund Working Group and Brexit Steering Group at Irish Funds. He has spoken at a wide range of investment fund conferences, and is a member of the faculty of the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute. Prior to joining Walkers, he worked for a number of years at the global asset management firm, PIMCO, where he headed the legal function responsible for its EMEA funds business.