Partner, Head of Investment Management
NAVIGATING LIFE’S CONTRASTS
Evelyn Maher, Head of Investment Management at the Luxembourg legal partnership Bonn Steichen & Partners, has experienced major contrasts and challenges in her life. But she has turned these to her advantage through the art of compromise acquired, not least, as the eldest of six siblings in rural Ireland.
Evelyn graduated in Law and European Studies at the University of Limerick and was awarded an LLM at the University College, Cork. She then went to the Law Society of Ireland to train as a solicitor. Having worked as a solicitor in Ireland she moved to Luxembourg in 2001 where she was one of the first “Anglo” lawyers in law firms in the Grand-Duchy. Her colleagues at the time were very open and couldn’t do more to help her adapt. She says they pointed her in the right direction as she faced the challenges of navigating the contrasts between Luxembourg’s civil law system and the common law from her background in Ireland.
Language of compromise
There could not be a greater difference between the escapism represented by Evelyn’s favourite writers and her work at Bonn Steichen & Partners. She enjoys the crime novels of Benjamin Black and Ian Rankin and the Harry Potter fantasy novels by J. K. Rowling that are worlds away from the down-to-earth legal advice she delivers during her working day. Evelyn advises about the promotion
and structuring of funds, counselling on the establishment of retail and alternative funds. Once they are up and running, she assists funds with compliance, closings, investments, divestments, liquidation and issues arising throughout the life of the fund. Throughout her professional life Evelyn draws on the experience of her entrepreneurial father who instilled the understanding of one being in charge of one’s own future.
Compared to the tranquillity and urbanity of Luxembourg, with its sylvan and pastoral surroundings, Evelyn Maher is drawn to the remoteness of Ireland’s west coast. Here, where she has had links since her University days, she and her family spend their summer holidays enjoying the Wild Atlantic Way and in particular the Burren, an exposed and desolate landscape. While Evelyn identifies her main personality trait as openness, she admits to being too direct. However, she counters this with her trait of affability and legacy of compromise: “My childhood, as the oldest of six, prepared me well in terms of working with others, organizational ability and getting on with others.”
FACTS & FIGURES
Number of children: 3
Languages: English, French
Hobbies: Swimming, Reading, Baking
Favourite Towns: Kenmare
Favourite Places: Wild Atlantic Way, the Burren
Favourite Book: Anything by Ian Rankin and the whole Harry Potter series
Favourite Restaurants: Bistronome, Wild Honey Inn, Bacchus with the children
Favourite Music: Hozier, Cranberries, Stereophonics, Billie Eilish
Favourite Artwork (or artist): Hofesh Schecter
Other Positions: Member of the Executive Committee at BSP