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  Valeska Karcher

Senior Associate


Valeska, a German Rechtsanwältin, works in Allen & Overy LLP's Frankfurt office. Before joining Allen & Overy LLP in April 2011 she worked for two other leading international law firms. Valeska advises in particular ETF/ETC clients with respect to their listings on German stock exchanges (regulated and regulated unofficial market), custody related questions – transfer of shares to Cleartream Banking Frankfurt from e.g. France/Ireland - and the delistings of ETFs/ETCs. She assisted banks, financial services firms and German investment funds in their establishment and the outsourcing of critical operational functions; her working area also covers the preparation of tied agents agreements and assisting German banks/financial services firms and EU-passported branches based in Germany on questions relating, inter alia, to the following German Acts: Securities Trading Act (WpHG), Anti Money Laundering Act (GwG), Banking Act (KWG): Securities Prospectus Act (WpPG) and Sales Prospectus Act (VerkProspG). In addition, Valeska is regularly involved in the registration of non-German UCITS and AIFs for distribution in Germany and is advising non-German investment companies on the sale of investment funds in Germany (e.g. negotiating distribution agreements, agreements with information and paying agencies, private placements of fund units, review of marketing material).

Professional qualifications

Admitted as German Rechtsanwältin, 2000

Assessorin, Germany, 2000

Referendarin, Germany, 1998

Academic qualifications


Legal French, Institut Français in Frankfurt am Main, „Certificat de français juridique de la CCIP“

Published work

„Market Price Manipulation and Forward Contracts under Germany’s Fourth Act on the Promotion of Financial Markets“ in JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL Banking Law

„Weitere Harmonisierung ist nötig – Für den Verkauf von Single-Hedgefonds dürfen die Anbieter keine Werbung machen” – Handelsblatt, Ausgabe vom 02.06.2004

„Novelle des Investmentgesetzes, Auswirkungen für offene Immobilienfonds, Teil 1: Neue Rechte für Fonds: Anteilsrückgabe einschränken“, in Immobilienzeitung, Edition 34/2007 of 30 August 2007

„Novelle des Investmentgesetzes, Auswirkungen für offene Immobilienfonds, Teil 2: Fonds müssen Risiken identifizieren und überwachen“; in Immobilienzeitung, Edition 35/2007 of 6 September 2007

„Novelle des Investmentgesetzes, Auswirkungen für offene Immobilienfonds, Teil 3: Mehr Spielraum für Immobilien-Spezialfonds“, in Immobilienzeitung, Edition 36/2007 of 13 September 2007

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