Claire Cummings


Claire Cummings is a leading solicitor specialising in alternative investment law and the current and evolving regulation. She is the founder and managing partner of the law firm Cummings Pepperdine LLP. Claire has built Cummings Pepperdine into a unique offering for alternative investment managers and funds. Claire’s work includes advising on FCA, AIFMD, MiFID II and EMIR issues, advising on cryptocurrencies, setting up funds and drafting fund documentation, acting for brokers, negotiating derivative documentation, setting up fund managers and drafting shareholder and limited liability partnership agreements. Claire is on the advisory boards of a crypto exchange and a strategic communications firm specialising in investments. Claire has also acted as a compliance officer, MLRO and director of an FCA-regulated fund manager and qualified under SIB to trade derivatives. As a leading expert in funds and fund management, Claire is a sought-after speaker and has published multiple articles on the legal and regulatory issues of the alternative asset management arena. Claire was named a Top Influencer in London for hedge funds (2&20) in 2022 and 2023, and in 2022, was included in the CityWealth Crypto Top 100. Claire is a CityWealth Woman of the Year 2023, and the Cummings Pepperdine podcast is a winner of the CityWealth Podcast of the Year 2023. In October 2023, Claire was named as one of the "Top 50 Crypto Professionals 2023".