Dechert Partner, Stuart Martin, received The Hedge Fund Journal’s 2017 award for “Law and Practice: Outstanding Contribution”. During his career, Martin has repeatedly been associated with ground-breaking legal work. Following the post “Big Bang” regulatory reforms in the late 80s, he worked on the fledgling offshore fund structures, acted on the first UK unit trust to be authorised under the new Financial Services Act legislation and worked with clients closely associated with the developing offshore fund industry, including the foundation of Dublin’s fund and asset administration industry. As part of Dechert’s nascent London team, he led the work on adapting US style master feeder structures for the London market and has played a leading part in the development of alternative fund structures in liquid and less liquid asset classes, including funds and structures investing in emerging markets and credit. More recently, he has been heavily involved in the development of alternative fund structures focused on loan origination.