Cate specialises in Investment Funds and Financial Services law.

Prior to joining LK Shields, Cate began her career in Australia advising global and Australian fund managers, wealth management businesses, retail and institutional banks, superannuation and pension funds and brokers in relation to commercial, regulatory and corporate matters.

Cate’s practice has focused on advising fund managers and promoters on the full life cycle of funds across asset classes, including structuring issues, fund establishment, marketing, ongoing operational issues, reporting and disclosure obligations, restructuring and termination.


  • Represented asset managers and fund promoters on the setting up and structuring of both regulated and unregulated funds;
  • Advised multiple asset managers and trustees in relation to outsourcing documentation, including administration, custodial and investment management arrangements and ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and industry guidance;
  • Assisted investors, including asset managers, on due diligence into regulated and unregulated investment structures both in Ireland and offshore;
  • Advised numerous financial services clients in relation to a variety of regulatory compliance and governance matters;
  • Expertise extends to asset classes including real estate, infrastructure, equity, debt, hedge funds, fund of funds and emerging markets.

Contact Cate

+353 1 637 1548


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  • Master of Laws
    Australian National University
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
    Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
    University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of International Studies
    University of Adelaide
  • High Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Supreme Court of South Australia

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