Alejandro Alemany

London, U.K. and Barcelona, Spain

Alejandro Alemany is a dual qualified lawyer with over 15 years of experience in financial services, asset management and commercial law. Alejandro has  previously worked at leading financial services firms such as Goldman Sachs, Société Générale and Legal & General Investment Management where he lead the Derivatives and Trading legal space for the entire Legal & General Group. Alejandro has also worked in private practice in leading Spanish law firms such as Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, both in England and in Spain.

Alejandro combines great passion, skill and dedication for his profession with an approachability that makes all he meets feel at ease. Consequently, he is an excellent communicator and is able to work with a cross-section of professionals at all levels, which is highlighted in the support and training he has delivered to not only solicitors, but to middle and back office employees and business individuals.

When Alejandro is not sharing his sector and commercial expertise with the Cleveland & Co team, he likes to play his guitar and spend time with his family.


  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law, Custody
  • Derivatives, Investment Management
  • Lending, Pension Funds
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Regulations
  • Repurchase Transactions
  • Securities
  • Trading
  • Transition Management
  • UCITS and non-UCITS


  • Goldman Sachs
  • Legal & General Investment Management
  • Société Générale


  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales.
  • Qualified as a Spanish Abogado.
  • EMBA Candidate (exp. Graduation 2023), EAE Business School.


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan

Andrew Goldstein joined Cleveland & Co in November 2021 as Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, and during that time has spent more than 15 years in senior, in-house, legal advisory positions at both Macquarie Bank and Challenger. Andrew is also an experienced and motivated people leader and manager.

Andrew’s clients value his ability to bring clarity and common-sense to complex legal and commercial issues. Andrew is solutions-driven, innovative, easy to work with, and has keen eye for recognising legal risks. He is emotionally intelligent, agile and effective on delivery and ongoing process improvement.

Andrew began his career at BT Financial Services, where he gained a broad and deep understanding of the funds management industry, meaning he can work on a wide range of matters and deal comfortably with a variety of stakeholders. While at Macquarie and Challenger, Andrew oversaw numerous product launches and distribution initiatives that included many industry “firsts”, displaying genuine product and business innovation. Andrew has international experience in setting up governance frameworks within large corporate groups and has worked cross border in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Cayman Islands and the US. Andrew has also been a key adviser for financial institutions involved in large disputes in the Federal and Supreme Courts, numerous class actions and has participated in two Royal Commissions on behalf of his clients.

When he’s not wowing his clients or running our Asia Pacific operations, Andrew’s other passions include spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys bike-riding, swimming and bush-walking has a keen interest in modern and ancient history and he loves a good book or podcast.


Andrew has significant technical skills in:

  • Administration Agreements
  • Australian Financial Services Licensing (AFSL) and authorised representative (AR) arrangements
  • Business formation
  • Clearing, settlement, custody
  • Derivatives (ISDAs and other agreements, trade reporting, derivatives regulatory)
  • Disputes (advice on settling or managing disputes)
  • Distribution, including cross border, retail/wholesale, platforms, MDAs, SMAs
  • Fiduciary responsibilities, responsible entity, superannuation trustee, life insurance duty of priority
  • Financial Services Regulation, regulatory change management (e.g: Design and Distribution Obligations, RG 97, Portfolio Holdings), responding to regulatory enquiries and enforcement.
  • Funds (registered and unregistered/listed or unlisted/ETF/CCIVs)
  • General Counsel services
  • Global In-house Legal Policy
  • Governance of funds management firms, development of policies, processes and procedures
  • Hedge Funds
  • HR and Employment
  • Institutional mandates
  • Intra-group services Agreements
  • Investment Management Agreements
  • IP, trademark, business name, branding and IP issues for fund managers
  • IT contracts required in funds management firms
  • Joint Ventures
  • Legal Department/Team Building, management of legal spend and resources
  • Legal Research
  • Legal and Commercial Strategy
  • Listing on regulated and unregulated markets
  • M&A
  • Marketing rules (avoiding misleading and deceptive conduct, marketing reviews, review call scripts, and television and other media releases)
  • Outsourcing material and not material business activities
  • Platform arrangements
  • Service Agreements
  • Sponsorship Arrangements
  • Superannuation duties, trustee duties
  • Transition services management


Recognised industry leader in financial services law and regulation

  • Experience with multi boutique funds management businesses in Australia, UK, Japan and Singapore. Advised on formation and onboarding of numerous boutique managers in Australia, and international distribution relationships with offshore managers. Co-Lead lawyer in lift out and onboarding a market leading equities team from a competitor, managing restraint and HR elements. Negotiation of shareholder, distribution and administration arrangements, managing Australian and global trade-mark issues.
  • Advised on exclusive distribution arrangements with US fixed interest manager and UK sustainable investment manager.
  • Project manager for change of responsible entity project to meet regulatory expectations.
  • Diverse regulatory experience in funds and investment management, banking, life insurance, superannuation, distribution having been involved in two Royal
  • Commissions relating to financial services.
  • Experience at office/business establishments for in Jakarta, Tokyo and Singapore including licensing, governance and other general corporate establishment.
  • Experience in clearing, custody, derivatives including OTC, financial markets, market rules and agreements, trade reporting, ASX/AQUA rules, market participation, market making.
  • Offshore transaction/M&A experience in Japan, UK, US and Indonesia, and exposure to offshore Fund structures, Cayman, UCITs, Singapore VCC, US LPs.
  • Experienced in review of marketing and retention campaigns, considering changes to advice, commissions, end of grandfathering (FOFA).
  • Advice relating to fund manager’s Covid-19 response program: focusing on continuous disclosure obligations, redemption powers, suspensions, liquidity management, careful review of trading experience and incidents.
  • Overseen the establishment of a derivatives overlay business involving several ISDA relationships utilized to help implement trading solutions for institutional customers.
  • Product development “firsts”: exchange traded fixed income fund products, market linked annuities, online only life insurance applications, and developing other innovative product features.

Professional Appointments/Memberships

  • Co-Chair of the Financial Services Council, Legal and Compliance Experts Group (2020 to present). The FSC is the peak industry body dealing with financial services regulatory issues.
  • Law Society of New South Wales Australia

Qualifications & Courses

  • Qualified as a Solicitor – Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2005
  • Bachelor of Laws – Honours (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Arts – majoring in French and History (University of Sydney)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Australian Graduate School of Management – Leadership Foundations – 2015 and refresher course in 2019

Recent publications

“How not to get Lost in Translation: A Beginners Guide to In-House Lawyers Setting up Legal Functions in Japan” art International In-house Counsel Journal, Vol.11, No. 43, Spring 2018, 1 International In-house Counsel Journal ISSN 1754-0607 print/ISSN 1754-0607 online