Kirstene is a financial services specialist, with particular expertise in acting for asset managers in relation to investment funds and products. She has enjoyed long term advisory roles with many household names firms and participated at the cutting edge of product development over many years.

Kirstene is best known for her reputation in advising on regulated funds and being a “go to” person when difficult issues arise. Having never been pigeon holed in a narrow area however, she retains an exceptional overview of the regulatory environment for asset managers and their product ranges. Kirstene continues to provide strategic advice to leading players in the marketplace, and to participate in UK regulatory developments for fund regulation.

She assisted the regulator on the introduction of the COLL Rules for UK authorised funds and was a member of the FCA’s Legal Experts Group on the implementation of AIFMD.  Currently Kirstene is a member of the Investment Association’s Legal Working Group on the Direct 2 Fund initiative.  She is a Member of the Lexis PSL Financial Services Consulting Editorial Board.    

Her expertise is acknowledged by UK and international legal directories, including being named as one of the world’s leading female practitioners in Investment funds section in Euromoney’s Women in Business Law guide in September 2022.  Kirstene is ranked as a highly regarded lawyer by IFLR 1000 (2023), the Guide to the world’s leading financial law firms in respect of financial services, investment funds and investment management.

In addition to her role as a partner at Fieldfisher LLP, Kirstene is a non-executive director of three of Columbia Threadneedle’s UK OEICs and of Allianz Global Investors UK Limited.