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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory in London

Allen & Overy LLP

The ‘experts on all areas of financial services regulation’ at Allen & Overy LLP provide an ‘incredible breadth of knowledge’. The firm’s domestic and international experience covers Brexit related matters, Fintech, bank resolution and insolvency, governance, prudential and financial market infrastructure. Damian Carolan leads the team and has ‘outstanding technical expertise which he applies in a clear and commercial manner’, particularly in derivatives, securities regulation, the development of new markets and the regulation of financial market infrastructure. Also notable are Bob Penn, who advises banks, asset managers, market infrastructure providers and financial institutions; Ben Regnard-Weinrabe, who leads the payments law group; Kate Sumpter, who handles regulatory-driven structural change projects for international banks; Etay Katz, who has Fintech and transactional experience; and counsel Joanne Owens, who is a ‘standout performer in consumer finance matters’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Damian Carolan

Les références

‘Rarely do you have a team of specialists, litigators, anti-trust lawyers, regulatory lawyers, who all are experts in their fields and at the same time have such a good understanding of the financial and derivatives markets’

‘Extensive experience and expertise in financial services regulation and how it should be applied in practice’

‘An exceptional combination of commercial awareness and intellectual engagement with the most difficult questions’

‘Great expertise, particularly in consumer finance. Capacity to handle the biggest and most complex clients. The go-to team for large corporates and investors’

‘Their resources are considerable and can handle everything from the small discrete questions through to significant regulatory change projects, as well as having a consultancy area that can help with implementation’

‘Damian Carolan is particularly strong. He is very commercial in his approach and his advice, understanding the financial context well. That really sets him apart. ‘He is also very easy to deal with’

‘Joanne Owens has excellent consumer credit expertise’

‘Etay Katz is extremely quick on the uptake, using all the resources of the firm to deliver on challenging projects’

 

 

Principaux clients

LCH Ltd.

The CREST Settlement banks, comprising 12 top tier banks

Refinitiv, Tradeweb, Blackstone and Thomson Reuters

BNP Paribas

SwapAgent Limited (SwapAgent) (An LCH group company)

Banking Circle

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Group (SMBC)/SMFG Group

Standard Chartered Bank Group (SCB Group)

Systemic Risk Council (SRC)

HSBC

Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (BACS), part of Pay.UK

Clearstream Banking S.A. (Clearstream)

Blackstone

BNP Paribas (BNPP)

A Japanese global systemically important financial institution

Nomura International Plc and Nomura Asset Management

Facebook

Ebay

Paysafe

Amazon

Uber

A leading provider of student loans

Edenred- the Right Fuel Card Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Generated a toolkit to enable European clients to identify, assess and manage changes to their UK regulatory obligations arising from a hard Brexit. This tool was purchased by 14 banks.
  • Advised HSBC globally on the project to restructure its legal and business structure to meet the post-crisis regulatory reform agenda including the UK and EU ring-fencing requirements and UK operational continuity requirements. This is the single largest project undertaken by the UK financial services industry to date and the most important project currently being undertaken by HSBC. The project was one of the largest corporate de-mergers in UK history.
  • Acting for the sellers on London Stock Exchange’s acquisition of Refinitiv for $28 billion. This is one of the largest M&A transactions of the year and involves highly complex and sensitive regulatory and competition approval processes, including making over 300 regulatory applications across 15 jurisdictions.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s broad practice and strength in depth allows the firm to advise on the full range of regulatory issues in the financial services area. The department also provides expertise in Fintech, operational resilience and advising industry associations. Christopher Bates leads the practice and is an expert in financial services regulation and regulatory matters relating to Brexit. Notable in the team are Simon Crown, who is known for Brexit advice in the asset management industry; Monica Sah, who specialises in regulatory change issues for global financial institutions and disruptor blockchain providers and Caroline Dawson, who focuses on advising financial institutions, market infrastructure and other market participants on regulation and M&A. High profile partner Simon Gleeson is heavily involved in advising banking and financial services sector industry bodies in relation to matters such as Brexit. Caroline Meinertz covers the spectrum of financial regulation, while senior associates Diego Ballon Ossio and Stephanie Peacock are also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Bates

Les références

‘A strong focus on achieving the end result even when multiple unexpected road blocks arise’

‘Ability to take best practice from world leading regulators and apply it to local circumstances’

‘Very strong technical ability and regulatory insight, but, importantly, advice is couched in commercial reality’

‘Helping my business to make risk based decisions and operate’

 

Linklaters LLP

The ‘wide-ranging international expertise’ of Linklaters LLP covers the spectrum of financial services work, with particular experience in asset management, consumer credit and Fintech, as well as risk management. Martyn Hopper leads the contentious and non-contentious financial regulatory teams and has experience advising investment banks, retail banks, insurers, asset managers and listed companies on regulatory compliance programmes. Michael Kent acts for global and regional investment banks and asset managers while Peter Bevan advises broker-dealers and investment banks, as well as investment managers and private banks. The team also includes fintech specialist Harry Eddis; Nikunj Kiri, who has a particular focus on contentious regulatory and compliance risk management issues and Sebastian Barling, who is an expert in financial services legislation and the impact of regulatory change. Also recommended are Julia Dixon, who is known for strategic regulatory engagement and regulatory risk identification and management; Alastair Holt, who advises on regulatory licenses, prudential regulation, conduct of business, governance and Fintech; and managing associate Raza Naeem, who has experience assisting trading venues, sell-side and buy-side clients on a range of issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martyn Hopper

Les références

‘They have the ability to understand in-house lawyers’ requirements and external business requests. The ability to be very pragmatic in scenarios where the business is looking to get a specific goal has been extremely helpful’

‘Sebastian Barling provides clear and actionable advice for investment managers’

‘One aspect that makes the practice unique is that it is, in effect, a one stop shop – the practice specialises in virtually all aspects of law and regulation relevant to our firm (fintech), from drafting commercial contracts to advising on risk management and regulatory matters’

‘Its ability to proactively identify and strategically guide us through all actual and potential issues, enables the team to produce consolidated and comprehensive advice encompassing multiple jurisdictions’

‘Michael Kent and Harry Eddis have consistently demonstrated technical expertise in financial regulation, compliance and risk management’

‘Michael Kent operates at the highest technical and professional level at all times, has a major network and unrivalled influence in  the market. We trust the advice and guidance they provide to our firm, not only because of their consistent professionalism and expertise, but because of the exceptionally warm and friendly manner with which they have invariably dealt with us’

‘Harry Eddis’ expertise in fintech and derivative products in particular has been particularly valuable to our firm’

‘Sebastian Barling is a great partner in the regulatory team. Very pragmatic and commercial. Easy to work with and very client friendly’

Principaux clients

Fnality International Limited

Masthaven Bank Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Act for Fnality International Limited on a project to develop a new inter-bank payment system which aims to achieve instant settlement of inter-bank payments through the transfer of digital tokens between participants on a private blockchain.
  • Advised Masthaven Bank Limited on a £60 million equity investment from Värde Partners. With the completion of the investment, MBL will seek to deliver against its strategic ambition to become one of the leading specialist banks in the UK residential and SME markets. In connection with the investment, the firm also advised on the reorganisation of MBL’s share capital.

Slaughter and May

The depth of knowledge at Slaughter and May is ‘first class and has very few peers', according to one client. The firm has particular financial services regulatory expertise in the areas of Fintech, Brexit, prudential advice and ring fencing, as well as providing a range of strategic advice across the sector. Jan Putnis leads the practice and focuses on M&A and strategic projects, including advising global banking groups and financial sector industry bodies on Brexit. Also notable are Ben Kingsley, who specialises in multidisciplinary emerging tech and Fintech; Nick Bonsall, who has experience advising insurers, banks and asset managers on standalone advisory and transactional projects; and senior counsel Kristina Locmele, who has broad financial regulation experience.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jan Putnis

Autres avocats clés:

Ben Kingsley; Nick Bonsall; Kristina Locmele

Les références

‘Able to opine with confidence and authority on the most complex of issues’

‘Jan Putnis is a leading star across the industry. He is one of a very small number of regulatory lawyers operating at his level’

Principaux clients

Prudential plc

Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc

UK Asset Resolution

Moody’s

Euroclear SA/NV

Santander UK

Aviva plc

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Group

Credit Karma

Standard Chartered Group

OneSavings Bank

Aquis Exchange plc

Zurich Insurance plc

Virtu

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Prudential plc and M&G plc on the demerger of Prudential’s UK and Europe business (branded M&G) from Prudential plc, resulting in two separately-listed companies.
  • Advised  UK Asset Resolution Limited (UKAR) – the holding company of the government owned businesses of Bradford & Bingley plc (B&B) and NRAM Limited (NRAM) – in relation to the £4.9 billion disposal of portfolios of residential owner-occupied mortgages and unsecured loans to Citibank
  • Advised OSB, the specialist lending and retail savings group, on its recommended all-share combination with Charter Court Financial Services Group plc (Charter Court), including on a variety of potential holding company structures for the enlarged group.

Travers Smith LLP

Specialising in wholesale alternative asset management, Travers Smith LLP's 'knowledgeable, responsive and efficient’ practice also offers expertise in electronic payments, Brexit issues and advice to new businesses. The team has a ‘wealth of experience across industries’ and is led by Tim Lewis, who is an expert in financial services law and regulation. Also notable are Jane Tuckley, who covers the spectrum of financial regulatory issues; Stephanie Biggs, whose ‘knowledge of all things regulatory is unsurpassed’; senior consultant Mark Evans; Phil Bartram, who focuses on private equity, debt funds, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure; senior counsel Natalie Lewis, who is active in the Fintech, market infrastructures and payments group; and Michael Raymond, who advises global alternative credit and debt-fund managers on regulatory issues. The firm hired senior consultant Simon Witney, who has experience of regulatory, transactional and fund formation private equity work in September 2020. 

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Lewis

Les références

‘Stephanie Biggs was fantastic to have on our side during MiFID II pre and post implementation’

‘Michael Raymond managed timelines really well and communicated so clearly and sensitively to stakeholders in highly complex multi-jurisdictional scenarios. I can’t praise Michael enough. He is a compliance team’s right hand in the most delicate situations and a delight to work with’

‘Our go-to UK regulatory advisers. The most responsive and commercial I have come across’

‘The team is very experienced in PE regulation in the UK, with a great depth of experience among the partners in their Financial Service Regulatory Team’

‘Tim Lewis and Stephanie Biggs are the partners we deal with and both have a wealth of experience in PE regulatory requirements. They are both very responsive and practical with their advice and guidance and in additional are very friendly, approachable and good to work with’

‘Led by an outstanding group of partners – they are commercial and quick to respond’

‘Phil Bartram is technically excellent and has a very rare ability to explain incredibly complex issues in a clear, concise and easily digestible way’

‘Stephanie Biggs is brilliant at coming up with creative solutions, explaining complex rules clearly and identifying what we actually need to do in practice to comply’

Principaux clients

Bain Capital Group

Cinven Partners LLP

Apax Partners

Alternative Investment Management Association, Alternative Credit Council, Managed Funds Association, Invest Europe, British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

CLS Bank International

Goodbody Stockbrokers UC

Trustee of the British Steel Pension Scheme

Ares

Euroclear Group

Pay.UK Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting as project counsel to Pay.UK on the launch of a cutting-edge new Fintech service called Request to Pay (RtP). RtP will act as an alternative to direct debits and has the potential to revolutionise retail payments in the UK.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins provides ‘capabilities across the full spectrum of financial markets regulation and governance’, including the investment banking, asset management, insurance, consumer credit and Fintech industries. The firm advises on matters relating to Brexit, crypto currencies, conduct and culture. Rob Moulton leads the team and has particular expertise in MiFID and Brexit matters. Also notable are David Berman, who is a specialist in accountability, compliance, culture and governance; Carl Fernandes, who is known for work relating to Brexit and MiFID 2 projects for international investment banks and asset managers; Stuart Davis, who was promoted to partner in 2020 and has strength in the Fintech space; Nicola Higgs, who is well regarded for regulatory reform projects; and associate Jonathan Ritson-Candler, who has experience advising a range of financial institutions and market infrastructure providers on domestic and cross-border regulatory issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rob Moulton

Les références

‘Latham has  amassed a significantly sized regulatory team, with strength in depth across the team’

‘An ability to balance legal requirements with commercial practicality to craft solutions that no other firm could’

‘Capabilities across all areas of the law,  understand the ecosystem and have trusted partners’

‘Stuart Davis has excellent commercial knowledge’

‘Able to bring together a team to successfully deliver very rapidly and with exceptionally high attention to detail’

‘Far from being a purely transactional support department, the team operates as a standalone practice and their expertise can often be beneficial’

‘Rob Moulton is vastly experienced and valued for his ability to advise clients based on an understanding of the detailed rules and the regulator’s expectations, as well as an appreciation of how markets and products function in practice’

‘Carl Fernandes is very reassuring, providing clarity of thought and measured advice’

Principaux clients

Berenberg

BNP Paribas

Investec

Liberum

Lloyds Bank

Numis

Spotify

Winterflood

Canaccord

Central Bank of Egypt

Citadel

Credit Suisse

Evercore

eToro

HayFin

Nomura

Sanford C Bernstein

Saudi Aramco

Smith & Williamson

Stifel

Thomas Cook

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Central Bank of Egypt on the re-write of the country’s banking laws.
  • Advising eToro on the establishment of an exchange upon which digital assets can be traded.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Specialising in cross-border work and innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright’s broad experience covers payments, Fintech, Brexit, sustainable finance, market infrastructure and post-trading matters. The firm also has expertise in conduct, culture and accountability issues, as well as the retail sector. The team is co-led by Jonathan Herbst, who is known for regulatory advice relating to bank structuring, markets, commodity derivatives, custody and clearing; Imogen Garner, who advises a range of domestic and international clients on the UK and EU financial services regimes; Hannah Meakin, who focuses on market infrastructure, commodities derivatives and Fintech; contentious regulatory expert Katie Stephen; and Simon Lovegrove, who has experience in knowledge management, financial services and market regulation. Also notable is senior associate Matthew Gregory, who has multi-jurisdictional banking expertise.

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Gregory

Principaux clients

HSBC

KKR

Investment Association

CME Group

Lendingblock

Government of Malta

Goldman Sachs

River & Mercantile

New Payments Systems Operator

UK Finance

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Société Générale in relation to the rules and regulations that it would be subject to following Brexit and the impact of any upcoming changes on the business.
  • Assisting Allica, a new, challenger bank principally servicing SMEs, with various aspects of regulatory engagement to help in securing its authorisation as a UK deposit-taker from the PRA and FCA.
  • Assisting CME Group with post-transaction integration work following its acquisition of the NEX group of companies. This included advising on the regulatory capital analysis of the newly enlarged and diverse group and starting to work on new legal agreements to reflect the intra-group shared services model for technology and other key functions.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has expertise advising on matters relating to Brexit, innovative products and a range of cross-border regulatory matters. Clients include global banks, asset management companies, investment banks, brokerage houses, commodity traders, general insurance and life assurance companies. Charlotte Stalin focuses on assisting institutions operating in the financial sector with regulatory issues. She co-leads the practice with Penny Miller, who has particular expertise in the Senior Management & Certification Regime (SMCR). Also notable are Jonathan Melrose, whose experience includes the structure and operation of financial services businesses and market conduct issues; and Darren Fox, who specialises in UK and international financial services regulation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charlotte Stalin; Penny Miller

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Melrose; Nick Colston; Darren Fox

Les références

‘The Simmons practice provides a unique mix of coverage by experts, encompassing all sectors in the financial industry, from the buy-side to investment banks and market infrastructure. It is probably the most comprehensive offering in the market with many excellent partners and associates. More responsive than any of their peers and with a deep understanding of market practice. Proactive with briefing clients, they go the extra mile.’

‘Insightful, commercial advice which is grounded in common sense and an an intuitive approach to finance and regulation. Proactive, engaged lawyers who are often the first to update us on regulatory issues. Always ready with new insights and ways of of working-for example, offering virtual secondments for clients who needed support during COVID crisis.’

‘Charlotte Stalin is a star – she has a completely intuitive grasp of legal issues and can guide us through thorny issues with a combination of detail and judgement.’

‘Darren Fox is a first-rate regulatory lawyer, he has great knowledge, great acumen and is very responsive.’

‘Darren Fox is a true market leader in his regulatory advice, commercial judgement and understanding the market and regulator’s perspective. He is willing to actually give an opinion even in the grey area and doesn’t try and cover himself with disclaimers. This is rare in the industry and we feel very confident we are in capable hands when we work with Darren.’

‘Charlotte Stalin fully listens and understands what I need; she is open to alternative fee arrangements; she is always looking for innovative ways to provide her service; and she balances the need to provide detailed legal advice with all the qualifications that might be relevant to the case.’

‘Jonathan Melrose and Nick Colston are recommended’

‘Charlotte Stalin has the best market intelligence and is creative in finding solutions; she is never fazed by the complexity of a problem. She is able to break it down into navigable issues. One of the best experts in the country on MiFID, licensing and Brexit.’

‘Penny Miller is exceptional in her area of coverage and the go-to person for EMIR.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Developed Netting + Collateral Reviewer tool to reflect a European Market Infrastructure Regulation requirement on counterparties to OTC derivatives to undertake an ‘independent legal review’ of netting and collateral enforceability on a continuous basis. The tool allows asset managers, pension schemes, insurers and other end-users to meet the new obligation in a cost-effective and user-friendly way and provides legal reviews on the enforceability of netting and collateral in the 13 key bank/broker jurisdictions.
  • Review and summarise key documentation of Trading Venues (Regulated Markets, multilateral trading facilities and organised trading facilities. Key documents in scope of a basic review are Rulebooks, Member Agreements, T&Cs.

Addleshaw Goddard

The multidisciplinary Addleshaw Goddard practice combines lawyers and senior compliance professionals to provide legal, compliance, conduct, risk and governance support. The regulatory team is known for expertise in retail financial services and payments work and is increasingly active in wholesale banking, wealth and asset management. Practice head Amanda Hulme is well regarded for regulated lending, regulated banking and payment services. Also notable are Rosanna Bryant, who advises on the regulation of current accounts, savings and mortgages; Ben Koehne, who specialises in advising on corporate, strategic and regulatory-driven transactions and projects in the financial services sectors; and Steven Francis, who has a broad practice in financial services  regulation and enforcement.

Responsables de la pratique:

Amanda Hulme

Autres avocats clés:

Steven Francis; Rosanna Bryant; Ben Koehne

Les références

‘Ben Koehne is a pragmatic and solution focused individual who demonstrates excellent collaboration skills to find the best outcome for his clients’

‘Steven Francis is quite simply one of the best lawyers I have worked with’

‘Full engagement at partner level’

‘A high degree of expertise’

Principaux clients

SafeCharge International Group

Barclays Bank UK plc and Barclays Investment Solutions Ltd

UK Finance

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising SafeCharge payments business on its recommended takeover offer by the Nuvei Corporation.
  • Worked closely with UK Finance, drafting their  Payment Services Directive 2 guidance and participating in their working groups, to help the industry navigate through strong customer authentication and open banking implementation issues.
  • Acting for Barclays in the sale of its Court of Protection business (£500m AUM, c. 600 clients and the transfer of a team of investment managers) to Rathbones.

Ashurst

The 'practical and pragmaticAshurst provides a broad range of regulatory advice ‘always delivered in a timely fashion'. The firm’s experience covers MiFID II, the senior managers regime, Brexit, fund management, Fintech and digitalisation. Jake Green has experience advising on AIFMD, MiFID II, MAR and regulatory governance requirements. He co-leads the practice with regulation expert James Perry, who specialises in Brexit related matters. Also notable are Tim Cant , who has significant experience of MiFID II; and counsel Lorraine Johnston, who is known for SMCR and bank governance work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jake Green; James Perry

Autres avocats clés:

Tim Cant; Lorraine Johnston; Bradley Rice

Les références

‘Subject matter experts in many areas of regulation but it is their commercial pragmatism where the law is not quite clear that sets them apart’

‘What sets them apart is that they are willing to challenge established norms –   this is invaluable’

‘Great combination of a strong understanding of where the regulators’ priorities are and direction of travel, with pragmatic and actionable advice’

‘Jake Green is knowledgeable, approachable and delivers user-friendly advice’

‘James Perry has an incredible depth and breadth of technical knowledge’

‘Tim Cant is very insightful, responsive and pragmatic’

‘Bradley Rice is very approachable, knowledgeable and exceptionally swift in responding’

‘The Financial Services team maintain close regulatory links across the main EU regulators, often having the latest regulatory sentiment which can shape our interpretation of a legal matter’

Principaux clients

Goldman Sachs (Marcus)

Wells Fargo

Oak Hill Advisors

Jefferies

Royal Bank of Canada

Saxo Bank

BGC Brokers

Plus 500

Oanda

Numis

Asto Digital Limited (part of the Santander Group)

Outrun Venture Partners LLP

UK Finance

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Asto Digital Limited (part of the Santander Group) on the design, end-to-end customer journey and roll out of its first three products for small businesses.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The 'very attentive and responsiveBryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP applies its ‘can do attitude' to a spectrum of regulatory and transactional matters, for global financial institutions, top investment firms and managers. Nathan Willmott acts for investment managers, brokers, banks and other financial institutions on a range of regulatory and commercial issues. He co-leads the practice with Mark Srere, who focuses on contentious matters. Notable in the team are Daniel Csefalvay, who has expertise in licensing, governance, compliance issues, prudential supervision and market abuse; and Polly James, who specialises in SMCR work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nathan Willmott; Mark Srere

Autres avocats clés:

Polly James; Adam Jamieson

Les références

‘Very personable’

‘Willing to go beyond expectations to meet clients’ needs’

‘The team has the experience and expertise to navigate complex issues and to offer practical advice and assistance’

‘Polly James and Adam Jamieson provided clear materials and training and were able to effectively communicate with the implementation team and also senior managers’

‘Nathan Willmott leads the team and demonstrates all of the qualities required to negotiate and resolve issues in a practical and commercial manner’

‘Polly James provides expert opinions with a deep understanding of the real world environment in which her clients operate. She is a trusted go-to person who builds a strong rapport with everyone she works with’

Principaux clients

CBRE Global Investors

AIG

BGC Brokers L.P. / Cantor Fitzgerald

CNA Hardy

Aviva Investors

Link Market Services, formerly Capita Registrars

TradeTech (part of the Playtech Group)

National Australia Group and its subsidiaries Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for premium listed automotive business BCA, one of Europe’s largest car auction businesses and owner of WeBuyAnyCar.com, in connection with the EU merger control aspects of a take-private offer by TDR Capital.

CMS

CMS has a broad financial services regulatory practice. Notable in the team are Ash Saluja, whose practice includes corporate governance, regulatory capital and anti-money laundering requirements, as well as the regulatory aspects of M&A and restructurings; and Paul Edmondson, who advises on regulatory change projects, governance and new products. Simon Morris specialises in assisting financial institutions with commercial and regulatory matters; Sam Robinson, focuses on banks, asset management firms, broker dealers, payments institutions and corporate finance houses; while senior associate Tom Callaby advises financial services firms and market participants on a range of UK and EU regulatory issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The 'exceptionalHerbert Smith Freehills LLP offers global reach and broad expertise, including in Fintech, banking regulation, outsourcing, operational resilience and asset management. In addition, the firm has strength in the areas of regulatory capital securities market regulation, trading and market infrastructure. Practice head Clive Cunningham advises on regulatory and compliance matters across the financial sector, specialising in banking, securities and asset management. Also notable is Andrew Procter, who focuses on strategic compliance and risk control programs covering a very wide range of businesses, jurisdictions and risks.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clive Cunningham

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Procter; Emma Reid

Les références

‘An excellent understanding of global regulatory matters’

‘Very good on assessing regulatory interpretation’

‘Andrew Procter is thoughtful, insightful, pragmatic and practical in his approach to regulatory matters. His global understanding comes from having been located in Australia, Asia and the UK – both within regulatory firms as well as financial services firms’

‘They have an excellent knowledge of the law and also of our business and structure and are able to put the two together to our benefit’

‘Clive Cunningham is very responsive and knowledgeable. His advice is practical and he is a pleasure to deal with’

 

Principaux clients

KPMG LLP

TP ICAP

Lloyds Banking Group

TSB Bank

Clear.Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Tikehau Capital Europe and Tikehau Investment Management

Willis Towers Watson

Moneysupermarket.com

Tandem Bank

The Big Exchange

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised TP ICAP, one of the world’s largest interdealer brokers, on its Brexit strategy, implementation and reorganisation.
  • Advised TSB on a strategic partnership with IBM to support its digital transformation objectives.
  • Advised Commonwealth Bank of Australia on the UK regulatory aspects of the AUD4.3 billion sale of its Colonial First State Global Asset Management business to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB).

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The transactional, regulatory, and advisory practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has experience advising commercial and retail banks, investment banks, asset managers, market infrastructure providers and Fintech start-ups. The firm provides multijuristictional expertise across matters such as Brexit advice, product development, documentation, governance, financing and commercial agreements. Rachel Kent - 'the best all-round financial services partner in the City' - leads a team that also includes Michael Thomas, who has particular experience in systems and controls issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rachel Kent

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Thomas

Les références

‘People focused, results-oriented, real team players.’

‘Rachel Kent is superb. Innovative, creative, brilliant with people. Builds great relationships and achieves excellent results. The best all-round financial services partner in the City.’

 

Principaux clients

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

AXA

BlackRock

Citigroup

HSBC

Innovate Finance

Invesco

TheCityUK

The London Metal Exchange / LME Clear

Open Banking Limited

Prudential

UBS AG

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Goldman Sachs on its investment in Nutmeg.
  • Engaged by the City of London’s Corporation International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) to chair the Working Group considering the City’s proposal for the future deal with the EU on financial services.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The ‘excellentKirkland & Ellis International LLP provides ‘detailed, understandable explanations and total professionalism’, as well as experience with the UK, US and European markets and regulators. The firm advises on a range of transactions, fund registration and management issues, with particular expertise assisting investment funds in the regulatory field. The ‘smart, practical and commercialLisa Cawley leads the practice and specialises in M&A and compliance matters. Also notable are Prem Mohan, who is experienced in financial services regulation and counselling private investment funds; Adam Skinner, who focuses on regulatory compliance and risk-management advice; and Deirdre Haugh, who advises on UK and EU financial regulation and fund matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lisa Cawley

Les références

‘The Kirkland financial services team manage to provide practical guidance on extremely technical matters, with a focus on what really matters’

‘No matter who you work with in the compliance department – whether it be a partner or an associate – I know I can rely on the advice given’

‘Lisa Cawley delivers very clear advice and gives you confidence on issues involving difficult judgement calls’

‘Prem Mohan is very responsive and provides a commercial overlay on the technical issues’

‘Callum Wright is fantastic to work with and balances technical knowledge with commercial pragmatism’

‘Adam Skinner provides timely and clear advice.’

‘Lisa Cawley is an excellent lawyer in the financial services regulatory space.  She is technical but commercial. ‘

‘They acknowledge your inquiry straight away and either answer it immediately or let you know in a reasonable time frame when to expect a response. This communication is second to none’

Principaux clients

Warburg Pincus

Blackstone

Apax

FNZ

GTCR

H.I.G Capital

Lion Capital

Starwood Capital

Nordic Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on regulatory matters (such as AIFMD) relating to the CHF 10.2 billion consortium acquisition (led by EQT and ADIA)  of Nestlé Skin Health.
  • Represented Blackstone in the acquisition of a minority investment in BC Partners – this involved regulatory due diligence, regulatory negotiations re deal documents and multiple regulatory approvals to the deal.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP specialises in cross-border regulatory matters, acting for banks, investment banks, insurers and financial infrastructure providers. The firm has particular expertise in Brexit, as well as transatlantic regulatory issues. Practice head Barney Reynolds’ broad experience includes structuring and facilitating acquisitions and disposals of financial services businesses, compliance and derivatives regulation. Also notable are Thomas Donegan, who is known for advisory and transactional work in the banking, brokerage, insurance, derivatives and other financial sectors; and senior associate Ellerina Teo, who focuses on regulatory compliance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Barney Reynolds

Autres avocats clés:

Thomas Donegan; Ellerina Teo; John Adams

Les références

‘A unique track record of working in high profile governance cases’

‘Its role advising governments in setting up regulatory frameworks is very useful and helps bankers understand certain regulatory constraints and have useful benchmarks’

‘Very flexible, extremely competent and always available’

Principaux clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. group (including ICE Clear Europe and ICE Futures Europe)

Goldman Sachs

Oppenheimer

Blackstone

DBAY Advisors Limited (DBAY)

TBC Bank

Attestor Limited

Intuit Limited

Cayman Islands Government

Maverick Capital Ltd.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Intercontinental Exchange, Inc (ICE) on its partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and nine of the world’s largest energy traders on the launch of ICE Futures Abu Dhabi, a new exchange in Abu Dhabi Global Market that will host the world’s first Murban crude oil futures contracts.
  • Advised certain entities controlled by DBAY Advisors Limited (DBAY) in connection with the financial regulatory aspects of its investment in the trading entities, including Eddie Stobart Limited, that were formerly 100 percent owned by Eddie Stobart Logistics plc (the Group).
  • Advising certain bondholders and the creditors’ committee of London Capital & Finance plc in relation to their claims for compensation and in the administration of London Capital & Finance plc.

DLA Piper

The 'practical and commercial' DLA Piper has domestic and international experience acting for major banks, as well as providing expertise in payments and transactional work. The firm particularly specialises in Fintech and Regtech. The 'very reliable' Michael McKee covers the spectrum of financial services work, primarily advising on non-contentious regulatory issues. He co-leads the team with Tony Katz, who focuses on investigations, representing UK and international financial institutions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael McKee; Tony Katz

Autres avocats clés:

Ricardo Plasencia; Chris Whittaker

Les références

‘In-depth knowledge of regulation and great communication’

‘Michael McKee is  a valued source of advice, with keen insight into what will and will not pass muster with regulators’

‘Ricardo Plasencia is knowledgeable, has great people skills and is transparent. He always goes the extra mile’

‘Chris Whittaker stands out. He is pragmatic, commercial and has a great temperament. He is one to watch’

Principaux clients

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Toyota Fleet Mobility GmBH

 

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised and coordinated the UK and Ireland regulatory submissions required in connection with MMC’s USD5.6 billion purchase of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc.
  • Advised on a strategic UK acquisition for Toyota in which obtaining approval for the FCA was a key condition precedent of the transaction.

Baker McKenzie

The integrated advisory and contentious regulatory practice at Baker McKenzie has a regional and global presence and is ‘commercial, pragmatic and affable’. The firm specialises in payments, Brexit work and Fintech. Regulatory expert Mark Simpson leads a team that includes Caitlin McErlane, who joined from Sidley Austin LLP in 2019 and is at ‘the top of her game’, particularly in advising on regulatory implementation projects, compliance issues and transactional regulatory issues. Other key names include Matthew Denning, who also joined form Sidley Austin LLP in 2019 and brings expertise in cross-border structured finance transactions involving derivatives, repos and securities lending.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Simpson

Autres avocats clés:

Caitlin McErlane; Matthew Denning

Les références

‘I’ve been impressed with the proactivity of the Bakers team’

‘They often reach out individually on issues that matter to our business, and their insights are indeed insights and well thought through’

‘I’m happy to recommend them to other firms in the fintech sector’

‘I really enjoy working with Mark Simpson. He has a good understanding of what is and is not important, and is pragmatic. His team are also very good’

‘Caitlin McErlane is extremely knowledgeable, particularly on market practice and on how to practically implement complex advice. She is someone who can give you clear helpful advice over a quick call and who produces clear, sensible written advice. She is a great asset to Bakers’

Principaux clients

Harwood Private Capital LLP

Odyssean Capital LLP

Invesco

Deposit Solutions

Ebury

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Invesco Real Estate Management in successfully obtaining FCA recognition of an overseas fund structure under Section 272 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
  • Advising Ebury on regulatory issues in the UK, EU and globally, including aspects of their ongoing MiFID compliance and on the establishment of their business in Dubai.
  • Advising Deposit Solutions on the roll out of its product range across Europe. Deposit Solutions is an innovative business that partners with banks and Fintechs to offer a deposits platform to clients.

Dentons

The international financial services practice at Dentons has broad expertise covering  areas such as banking regulation, Fintech, payments and Brexit work. The firm is increasingly active in the insurance and asset management space. Michael Wainwright leads the team and is known for regulatory capital, client asset protection, insurance, savings and investment work. Also recommended are Katherine Harle, who has experience advising on the financial services compensation scheme; and Jonathan Garforth, who focuses on consumer finance and payments law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Wainwright

Les références

‘Prepared to invest time and intellectual capital in areas which benefit the industry as a whole’

‘Michael Wainwright is always great to deal with. He looks at a matters with a wider perspective, which illuminates issues’

‘Katherine Harle has a practical approach to issues’

‘They are super responsive and work particularly well as a team’

‘Their expertise in this area is unparalleled’

‘Jonathan Garforth is super. He works tirelessly for his clients. He is extremely bright and is keen to find the best solutions. He is heavily engaged with multiple matters, but always seems to find the time to respond to issues as they arise’

‘Kamraan Akhtar is a rising star. Highly capable, pragmatic and energetic’

‘Neil Nicholson is pragmatic, solution focused. Highly capable whilst also being able to build relationships and move things forward’

Principaux clients

Mobius Life Limited

Novia Financial plc

Vitality Life Limited

Natixis

Soutter Investments

Multi-Service Technology Solutions, Inc

BTS Digital Ventures Limited

Atom Bank plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the fintech arm of BTS Digital Ventures in connection with the implementation of a regulatory regime for payments within the Astana Financial Centre.
  • Advised Ant Financial’s digital payments businesses – World First and Alipay – on a broad range of financial services regulatory matters since Ant Financial acquired World First in February 2019.
  • Advise Multi-Service Technology Solutions, Inc on fintech and finreg matters around the world. Most notably in 2019 advised on the implementation on the Model B+ phase of IATA EasyPay.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's broad practice ranges from funds and asset management, to MiFID, consumer credit and the payment services directive. The department has expertise in the areas of cryptoassets and blockchain, as well as Section 166 skilled person and financial services consulting. Michaela Walker advises fund management clients and depositary banks on establishment, regulation and related corporate issues. She co-leads the team with David Saunders, who is head of the firm’s global legal and compliance alternative service provider. Andrew Henderson left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP in 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michaela Walker; David Saunders

Autres avocats clés:

James Burnie; Jonathan Master

Les références

‘Strong, well-rounded knowledge of all facets of regulatory matters and legal issues’

‘They provide sensible and implementable advice on new emerging areas of innovation in heavily regulated environments’

‘Understand fintech and get the work done fast’

‘James Burnie is recommended’ 

Principaux clients

2030

Specialist Risk Investments Limited/Pollen Street Capital Limited

Monsas / 7sigma

Trustology; Esquimo; MakerDao (Igneio, LLC)

Vision Blue UK Services

Knabu

Markel

Kimura

Morgan Stanley, Investec, M&G, Royal London, HSBC Asset Management, Sarasin, LJ Administration, Aviva

Citibank Europe plc

Northern Trust Global Services

Legal & General

Aviva

Scottish Widows

Canada Life

Ageas

Markel

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting 2030 on first issuance tokenised shares using Blockchain technology, allowing for greater liquidity and fractionalisation of shares.
  • Advising Pollen Street Capital, via Specialist Risk Investments Limited (formerly Miles Smith Group Holdings Limited) on the bolt-on acquisition of The Underwriting Exchange Limited, London Ireland Market Exchange Limited (UK Co) and London Ireland Market Exchange Limited (Irish Co.).
  • Advised 7sigma on the set up of one of the first decentralised gold commodity exchanges using DeFi principles.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher advises on financial markets and trading regulation, particularly commodities and complex financial products. The firm has experience in banking regulation, Fintech and innovative alternative finance, as well as payment services and e-money. Another area of growth for the practice is anti-money laundering strategy and due diligence. The ‘pragmatic and hands-onGuy Usher leads the team and specialises in derivatives. Also notable are Nicholas Thompsell, who combines corporate and regulatory experience; and associate Steve Burrows, who ‘always delivers his advice in a clear, succinct and comprehensive manner'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Guy Usher

Autres avocats clés:

Steve Burrows; Nicholas Thompsell

Les références

‘The members of the team come from a diverse range of backgrounds and each lawyer I have dealt with has an excellent ability to take a holistic, business-oriented approach to legal and regulatory questions’

‘The efficiency in the provision of services is evidence of the fact that the team works very well together’

‘The team members are always courteous, professional and approachable’

‘Guy Usher is fiercely intelligent and has an exceptional ability to solve some of the most complex legal problems. These attributes, combined with his down-to-earth manner, make him positively unique in the market. I would always recommend him’

‘Steve Burrows is a rising star in the financial services and regulatory space. He is extremely perceptive and intelligent and has a unique ability to look at issues from different points of view. He leaves no stone unturned when providing advice.’

Principaux clients

Nomura International plc

Peloton Interactive UK Limited

National Savings & Investments

INTL FCStone Ltd

Colu Technologies Ltd

RCB Bank Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

Triland Metals Limited

ICBC Standard Bank PLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting National Savings and Investments (NS&I) with its preparations to participate in the Open Banking Eco-system.
  • Advising fintech start-up Colu Technologies Ltd in relation to operating a community based rewards and payments service within the UK and moving this from operating within the limited network exemption to operating on a passported basis from Gibraltar.
  • Advising Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited in a comprehensive project to implement the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR).

Macfarlanes LLP

The full service regulatory team at Macfarlanes LLP has experience advising in relation to asset management, wealth management, corporate finance, Fintech and the mortgage sector. The firm is active on Brexit and SMCR work, as well as being on the FCA s166 skilled persons panel. Practice head Andrew Henderson joined the firm in 2020 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and brings expertise in advising financial institutions and financial technology firms on financial services regulation and risk management. Also notable is Paul Ellison, who focuses on issues relating to Brexit and the senior managers and certification regime. Michelle Kirschner left the firm for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2019.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Henderson

Autres avocats clés:

Will Hedges; Paul Ellison

Les références

‘Personal service and specialist knowledge of the area’

‘Will Hedges is really knowledgeable and creative in getting contracts concluded to the maximum advantage of the client’

Principaux clients

Montagu Private Equity

Hg Capital

Scottish Equity Partners

Headway Capital

Smith & Williamson

Stonehage Fleming

Merian

Quilter

Troy Asset Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Hg Capital, Montagu Private Equity and Scottish Equity Partners on the implementation of the SMCR.
  • Advised Stonehage Fleming on the regulatory aspects of its share buyback and purchase by Caledonia Investments Plc of a 36.7% minority stake for a total of up to £111m.
  • Advised Smith & Williamson on the regulatory aspects of its agreed combination with the Tilney Group.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'thoughtful and consideratePinsent Masons LLP has an ‘in-depth knowledge of the sector’, with particular expertise in the banking, asset management and retail investment spaces. The firm is also known for Brexit, payments, libor and SMCR work. David Heffron focuses on retail financial services, advising clients offering credit, payments, insurance and wealth products to retail customers. He leads a team of 'experts in their fields' that includes Elizabeth Budd, who advises on UK and EU financial regulation, and Andrew Barber, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2019 and brings particular experience in consumer credit, regulated mortgages, peer-to-per lending platforms, payment services and e-money issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Heffron

Autres avocats clés:

Elizabeth Budd

Les références

‘The team is healthily commercial and a pleasure to work with’

‘It imparts its advice after taking into account the commercial and regulatory context rather than giving an academic view’

‘The firm is very flexible in its approach and provides a good bespoke service’

‘They really get to know the firm they are working for and what its key objectives are, to provide a bespoke service’

‘Good experience and understanding of the financial services industry, enabling them to understand the issues and how the industry works, thereby providing practical outputs’

‘David Heffron has always been very open to enabling his team to engage with our work wherever appropriate’

Principaux clients

Aegon UK PLC

AJ Bell

Royal London Group

Zurich

Reed Smith LLP

The 'friendly, commercial and responsive' Reed Smith LLP provides a global network with particular expertise in the energy, banking and insurance sectors. The firm has experience in Brexit, regulatory reform and commodities work. Chris Borg provides regulatory advice to major commodities clients and other financial services institutions. He co-leads the practice with contentious regulatory specialist Robert Falkner. Also notable are Tim Dolan, who is known for assisting clients in their FCA and the PRA dealings; Claude Brown, who focuses on derivatives; and regulatory and compliance expert David Calligan.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Borg; Robert Falkner

Autres avocats clés:

Tim Dolan; Claude Brown; David Calligan

Les références

‘Tim Dolan is a very experienced and accessible regulatory lawyer’

‘Very approachable, available and knowledgeable, with experience of many matters’

‘Claude Brown in particular is very experienced and has a wide understanding of the many legal issues that can arise’

‘Good strength and depth in the team’

‘David Calligan is always very friendly and a pleasure to deal with. He’s a very quick thinker, down to earth and  always maintains a very professional standard”

‘Ability to home in quickly on the real issues and provide comprehensive but firm-specific answers’

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP offers advice across Brexit, governance and compliance matters, as well as providing transactional support. The ‘very experienced’ practice head Jonathan Rogers joined from Taylor Wessing LLP in 2019 and brings strengths with the asset management industry, private banks, broker/dealers, Fintech and payment companies. Also notable are Julia Smithers Excell, who has particular experience advising stakeholders in banking, derivatives and capital markets regulatory areas; and Stuart Willey, who has substantial Financial Services Authority expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Rogers

Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Willey; Julia Smithers Excell

Les références

‘Jonathan Rogers and the team are able to very quickly understand our needs and provide advice in a timely and easily digestible manner’

‘They are very responsive and quite competitive on fees ‘

‘Jonathan Rogers really gets what we need and, where necessary, is able to come up with creative solutions’

Principaux clients

Daimler

Amigo Holdings

Klarna Bank

Itau Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Amigo Holdings, the leading UK-based high-interest lender, on the regulatory aspects of its recent initial public offering.
  • Representing Klarna Bank, the leading Sweden-based online bank, on its acquisition of Close Brothers Retail Finance, a UK-regulated entity with a loan book of circa £65 million.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The 'proactive, responsive and commercialCharles Russell Speechlys LLP has a particular focus on domestic and overseas regulated businesses in relation to the UK financial service sector. Covering domestic and EU regulatory requirements as well as corporate transactions, the team is led by Jonathan Bayliss , who focuses on the regulation of  private banking and wealth management institutions and services. Also notable are Kate Troup, who is known for advising on the investment management and private banking sectors; and William Garner, who leads the broking, trading and markets practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Bayliss

Autres avocats clés:

Kate Troup; William Garner; Ashwin Pillay

Les références

‘The team has the ability to make the complicated, uncomplicated’

‘The level of experience and knowledge is exceptional’

‘Went above and beyond to ensure documents were ready in time for board meetings, turning around last minute changes efficiently and with good humour’

‘Kate Troup is extremely helpful and knowledgeable on her subject – she explains details clearly rather than using jargon’

‘Ashwin Pillay worked diligently and pragmatically to ensure our transaction was able to complete on time, despite last minute changes’

‘William Garner is both technically capable and highly responsive. He is also adept at navigating emerging areas of regulation in a commercial and pragmatic way’

‘I have worked with the team at CRSB for a number of years and find their knowledge of derivatives legislation and market practice second to none and much more in-depth in comparison with other firms I have worked with’

Principaux clients

EFG Private Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Credit Suisse

St. James Place

Walker Crips Group

Conferma

Julius Baer

Coinbase

LiquidNet Holdings

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Coinbase on the launch of its digital debit card offering.
  • Advised Grant Thornton on the sales a wealth advisory business to Standard Life.

Dechert LLP

The ‘very responsive, helpful and effectiveDechert LLP is the ‘go to firm for technically accurate and solid practical legal advice', particularly in transatlantic matters. The practice specialises in investment fund and asset managements issues, as well as providing experience in Brexit work. Investment funds expert Gus Black leads a team that also includes Richard Frase, whose expertise covers regulation, compliance, derivatives and trading documentation for the wholesale and retail markets; Karen Anderberg, who is ‘very responsive, with very strong knowledge of applicable law and regulation in the UK and across many other jurisdictions’; and Thiha Tun, who joined from Akin Gump LLP in 2019 and focuses on private investment funds.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gus Black

Les références

‘The team has a very broad knowledge base, a tremendous amount of experience, and a network of affiliated offices, as well as a strong network of unaffiliated law firms where it does not have offices itself, that enables it to provide excellent, timely, and practical advice and assistance’

‘Karen Anderberg provides practical solutions that are very helpful to in-house lawyers. She is always our starting point when we encounter a novel distribution-related issue for which we do not have an answer or when we encounter a practical, legal, or regulatory impediment relating to cross-border distribution.  She is also wonderfully pleasant to work with’

‘Abigail Bell provides excellent support in a timely manner. She is well versed in all areas of fund formation and can provide detailed analysis on a wide range of legal matters’

‘Dechert has a strong reputation and many years of experience advising the great and the good of the asset management community globally’

‘Richard Frase is a well established partner who is great to work with and a fountain of knowledge of all commercial and asset management topics’

Principaux clients

Financial Conduct Authority

Ares Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Working with Dame Elizabeth Gloster (the former Court of Appeal judge) in her capacity as independent investigator appointed in respect of the Financial Conduct Authority’s regulation and supervision of London Capital & Finance plc.
  • Advised Ares Management on the FCA change in control and other regulatory transaction approvals required for their financing package in support of Midlothian Capital Partners to acquire Park Leisure 2000 Limited, the UK’s leading luxury holiday park operator.

Fox Williams LLP

The ‘knowledgeable, responsive and thoughtfulFox Williams LLP advises across a range of financial services regulatory work. The firm has particular expertise advising on complex, high-risk matters for regulated and dual regulated clients. The ‘approachable, innovative and clear' Chris Finney leads the team and advises banks, insurers, reinsurers, asset managers, lenders and Fintech businesses.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Finney

Autres avocats clés:

Mardi MacGregor

Les références

‘Excellent knowledge of the insurance regulatory requirements and very quick to respond’

‘Always able to assist at very short notice, with strong advice’

‘Excellent regulatory knowledge and a grounded, innovative commercial approach’

‘Chris Finney has excellent regulatory experience and knowledge’

Principaux clients

eBay Inc

Wagestream Limited

Balderton Capital

Prodigy Finance

Oaknorth Bank

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

The 'first class financial services team' at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has expertise in Fintech, hedge funds, investment management and MiFid II matters.  Simon Currie focuses on the investment industry, particularly the asset management sector and the formation, management and operation of private investment funds. He co-leads the practice with William Yonge, who is experienced in advising global clients on regulation and related commercial issues arising in the financial services, investment management, securities and derivatives sectors. The team was boosted in 2020 by the arrival of investment fund experts Oliver Rochman and Rob Mailer from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Currie; William Yonge

Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Rochman; Rob Mailer

Les références

‘The team is excellent from a technical perspective but they are also able to deliver advice in a pragmatic/plain English manner’

‘William Yonge is technically very proficient and always has us in mind in respect of legal development/training opportunities’

‘Simon Currie is an exceptional financial services lawyer who combines excellent analytical and communication skills with a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses’

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

The ‘very focused and experiencedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP has particular expertise in Fintech and e-money regulatory work, including blockchain, crypto currency and cybersecurity matters. The firm also has experience in payment law, as well as providing global coverage across a range of other regulatory issues. The ‘incredibly pragmatic and calmJacqui Hatfield leads the practice and advises across the spectrum of the financial services regulated space. Also notable in the team is associate Rebecca Kellner, whose work includes security token offerings, stablecoin offerings and initial exchange offerings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacqui Hatfield

Autres avocats clés:

Rebecca Kellner

Les références

‘Jacqui Hatfield has an amazing ability to see new concepts and quickly place these within today’s framework. She is also a pleasure to work with’

‘This practice has extraordinary experience’

‘There’s a personal touch involved with getting to know your business, and outside the box thinking to different regulatory approaches tailored to your business’

Principaux clients

PNC Bank

Bank of Kuwait

Sberbank

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Revolut

Microsoft Corporation

MFM Investments Ltd

Property Partners

Propcoin

The Reserve

True Potential

Zipper

Skew Ltd.

Finverity Ltd

BTON Financial Limited

TokenCard

Wirex Limited

Greenspring Associates

Vostok Emerging Finance

Principaux dossiers

  • Providing ongoing advice on regulatory matters and compliance for PNC Bank, including advice on all laws applicable to them in the UK.
  • Advising Skew on setting up a crypto derivatives exchange including authorisation requirements applicable to regulating a crypto derivatives exchange.
  • Providing ongoing UK regulatory advice to Revolut, a London-based digital banking alternative that allows users to hold, exchange and transfer currencies without fees.

Paul Hastings LLP

The 'great team of highly-experienced lawyers' at Paul Hastings LLP advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues, with a particular focus on the asset management industry. The firm has experience advising financial services providers and fund managers on innovative products as well as matters such as licensing, international expansion, and compliance. Arun Srivastava is known for finance, Fintech, payments, funds and transactional work, specialising in assisting regulated firms comply with evolving regulatory obligations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Arun Srivastava

Autres avocats clés:

Nina Moffatt; Konstantin Burkov

Les références

‘They analyse each issue thoroughly and provide comprehensive, prompt, detailed (and yet concise) replies to all our queries’

‘Their expertise in practical questions is impressive’

‘Besides the knowledge base, they really know how to apply this knowledge. They understand the details of our queries; they are concise and don’t go into unnecessary explanations; they provide specific and comprehensive, clear replies’

‘A standout associate is Nina Moffatt’

‘Konstantin Burkov is a great individual to work with and provides support in a clear, business friendly manner. He is very responsive and quick’

Principaux clients

American Express

Bangkok Bank

CashEuroNet

JP Morgan

Waverton Investment Management

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP specialises in Fintech, consumer lending, wealth management, funds and private banking. The firm has particular expertise advising on the implementation of regulatory change and projects driven by technology. The practice also has experience in consumer lending, wealth and investment management and funds regulatory work. Charlotte Hill leads the team and advises on the EU directives and regulations affecting financial services institutions, as well as FCA and PRA matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charlotte Hill

Autres avocats clés:

Laurence Lieberman

Les références

‘Always very professional and highly knowledgeable.’

‘Their standard of work is very good.’

‘Hard work and quick responses to questions.’

Principaux clients

Monzo

Interactive Investor

Nutmeg

Mobility Trader

Monese

Moneyfarm

Notemachine

Akin Gump LLP

Akin Gump LLP acts primarily on the buy-side, with a particular focus on advising investment managers. The practice also has experience advising the wider financial services industry on regulatory developments and the impact of EU legislation, offering experience of the alternative investment fund managers directive, European market infrastructure regulation, the market abuse directive and the EU securitisation regulation. Contentious regulatory specialist Helen Marshall leads a team that includes Ezra Zahabi, who is known for advising on regulatory developments, business establishment and structuring and compliance issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Helen Marshall

Autres avocats clés:

Ezra Zahabi

Blake Morgan LLP

The ‘responsive and committedBlake Morgan LLP advises banking, asset finance, corporate and commercial clients on a range of financial services products and compliance issues. Richard Humphreys leads the team and has particular experience advising equipment finance lessors and motor vehicle financers. Also notable is the ‘efficient and intelligent’ legal director Felicity Rowan, who specialises in financial services regulatory compliance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Humphreys

Autres avocats clés:

Felicity Rowan; Kathryn Shimmin

Les références

‘Felicity Rowan has extensive knowledge of the retail financial services sector and the law and regulation applicable to that . Her solutions are robust from both a legal and commercial standpoint’

‘Kathryn Shimmin has impressive knowledge and intelligence’

‘The team are user friendly, experienced and responsive’

‘Richard Humphreys is a very proactive and commercially focused lawyer’

‘Felicity Rowan is technically very good and solution orientated’

‘They understand the complexities of our business, they are local and turn the work around within a relatively short time frame’

Principaux clients

Investec Asset Finance Ltd (IAF)

Metro Bank Plc

Hitachi Capital UK Plc

Virtual Lease Services Limited

Burges Salmon LLP

The 'very pragmatic, patient and lateral thinking' Burges Salmon LLP is particularly known for expertise in UK authorised investment funds, but also provides experience in unregulated funds and Fintech. In addition, the firm advises on pensions and employment-related financial services regulation. Practice head Tom Dunn specialises in investment funds and financial services regulatory work. His team includes associate Anna Davis, who is strong in pensions and wealth management work and associate Gareth Malna, who focuses on the establishment, structuring, operation and winding up of UK regulated fund structures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Dunn

Les références

‘Burges Salmon has been exceptional in supporting me and our firm’s investment funds offering, both in on-going day-to-day funds management matters and more complex investment fund launches’

‘Tom Dunn’s and Anna Davis’ attention to detail and rare ability to jump into my shoes and grasp what I really need to know as in-house counsel from a legal and commercial risk perspective has led to those individuals becoming my valuable and trusted advisers’

‘Burges Salmon aim to involve the whole of their team with our business. This helps to ensure continuity in the event of absence and is such that each member of the team understands our business model’

‘Tom Dunn, Gareth Malna, Anna Davis, Alex Gillespie and Ciara Davies all have provided excellent service’

‘They do not sit on the fence. The advice is actionable.  Even where the regulatory position is not clear, advice will set out the risk and appropriate mitigating actions in order that the business can move forward’

‘They are consistently available when I want to talk with them and open to a clear, straightforward discussion about the issues before rushing to judgement’

‘Very knowledgeable in relation to our industry’

‘Anna Davis is great – a feeling of value for money for the work carried out is rare to come by’

Principaux clients

St. James’s Place

FundRock Partners Ltd

Bank of Ireland UK

Financial Services & Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Marlborough Fund Managers

Parmenion Capital Partners LLP

The Royal London Group (including The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited, Royal London Asset Management and Ascentric)

Embark Group

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Premier Asset Management Group plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Premier Asset Management on its £98 million all-share merger with Miton Group, one of the most significant mergers of the year in the UK fund management space.
  • Advising on Bristol’s ambitious ‘City LEAP’ plan to raise around £1 billion of investment to transform Bristol into the UK’s first smart-energy, carbon neutral city by 2030, including on regulatory issues connected with the structuring of the fundraising exercise.
  • Advising Praemium, a platform provider to financial services companies, in connection with a major refresh of its offering, including its literature suite and agreements with advisers and discretionary managers.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Advising on commercial and regulatory matters, DAC BEACHCROFT LLP's clients include challenger and high street banks, building societies, asset and wealth managers, networks of financial advisers and mortgage intermediaries. The firm also provides IT sector and data protection expertise. Mathew Rutter leads the team and specialises in governance, consumer credit, payment services and retail financial services.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mathew Rutter

Principaux clients

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

HSBC

Intelliflo

Smith & Williamson

AGF Management Limited

British Business Bank plc

Yorkshire Building Society

International Personal Finance plc

Currencies Direct

Quilter

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Coventry Building Society

Information Commissioner’s Office.

Post Office

MJH Group Holdings Limited

Focus Financial Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for British Business Bank on the launch of a new £40 million loan fund, part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF).
  • Acted for AGF, a major shareholder in Smith & Williamson, in the merger of Smith & Williamson with Tilney.
  • Advised IPF on the renegotiation and extension of its fully managed data centre outsourcing agreement with Fujitsu.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Known for working with insurers, fund managers and investment managers on regulatory developments, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides 'great service' to UK, EU and US clients. The team is co-led by Frankfurt-based Patricia Volhard, who focuses on advising private funds in regulatory issues; and the ‘go-to insurance business transfer lawyerClare Swirski, who has experience in a range of transactional and regulatory matters. Well-regarded special counsel Simon Witney left for Travers Smith LLP .

Responsables de la pratique:

Patricia Volhard; Clare Swirski

Autres avocats clés:

Jin-Hyuk Jang

Les références

‘In-depth knowledge of the relevant regulatory requirements in Europe, the UK, Hong Kong  and the US’

‘Extensive technical expertise of Insurance Business Transfers and associated regulation’

‘Clare Swirski has a superb technical and practical knowledge of UK insurance business transfers. She has a very detailed grasp of all of the relevant legislation and provides sharp insights into its ramifications and application’

‘Whenever I need technical input on a difficult new issue, I often turn to Clare Swirski for advice and I can guarantee she can help’

‘A highly professional, technical insurance regulation expert and a delight to work with’

‘Superb technical and commercial understanding of the laws and regulations affecting the PE funds industry’

‘Patricia Volhard is a standout performer – top of her field’

‘Jin-Hyuk Jang is excellent’

Principaux clients

HarbourVest

Park Square Capital

Lexington Partners

Exponent Private Equity

CD&R

GHO Capital Partners

Apera Asset Management

LCM Capital

Elliott Management Corporation

Hamilton Insurance Group (Project Janus)

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised HarbourVest in relation to the establishment of a new fund management operation in Ireland and transfer of its existing EU fund mandates to the new manager, in view of the impact of Brexit on its UK operations.
  • Advising Elliott on the recapitalisation of Affinion Group Holdings (since rebranded to cxLoyalty) and related equity and stockholder arrangements.  Providing UK regulatory and merger control advice in connection with the transaction.
  • Advising Hamilton Insurance Group in its acquisition of Pembroke Managing Agency and Ironshore Europe DAC from Liberty Mutual.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal focuses on financial regulation relating to the crossover between technology and the financial sector. The firm specialises in innovative payment, banking and cryptocurrency matters, acting for a range of clients including Fintech and cryptocurrency businesses, as well as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending platforms. Practice head Jacob Ghanty has particular expertise in payments law and regulation in the Fintech sector. Please note that client names cited may refer to work undertaken by lawyers prior to the team joining Deloitte.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacob Ghanty

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Hill; Paul Hinton

Principaux clients

Nesta Enterprises Limited

AllStar Business Solutions Limited (part of Fleetcor)

Flux Systems Limited

GP Bullhound

Lloyd’s of London

Project Imagine (Dozens PLC)

PayPoint Plc

Jordan International Bank

Cube Intelligence Limited

Xero

Big Issue Invest Fund Management

Pictet Global Markets

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Big Issue Invest Fund Management on application of the FCA’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime.
  • Advised OpenWrks on application to the FCA to become an account information service provider.
  • Advised Dozens PLC/Project Imagine on regulatory and contractual arrangements enabling the business to launch.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co’s experience covers the establishment of regulated businesses, conduct of business issues, financial promotion rules, SMCR matters and cross-border passporting. The firm has particular expertise in the asset management and private banking sectors, as well as advising the charity sector. Practice head Grania Baird acts for asset managers, wealth managers, private banks and multi-family offices on a range of regulatory issues. Also notable is Katy Ruddell, who was promoted to senior counsel in 2019 and specialises in regulated lending.

Responsables de la pratique:

Grania Baird

Autres avocats clés:

Katy Ruddell

Les références

‘The team is focused on delivering an excellent product that meets, so far as is possible, the client’s needs. The team combines undoubted technical legal knowledge with a clear desire to understand the context and the specifics. They have been excellent at taking a view on statutory matters open to interpretation.’

‘We work principally with Grania Baird and Nandini Sur. They form a strong team. Whilst demonstrating good pragmatism and flexibility, they never lose sight of the need to be technically sound. Their advice comes at a price, but they adopt a sensible approach to agreeing fees and, in my experience, represent good value for money.’

 

Principaux clients

CCLA Investment Management Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited and TUTMAN LLP

Aubrey Capital Management Limited

Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited

Rathbone Brothers plc

Oxford University Endowment Management Limited

Omnis Investments Limited

Sandaire Investment Office (trading name of Sand Aire Limited)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for investment managers, Rathbone Brothers plc, on its acquisition of Barclays’ court of protection business, which has £500 million of assets under management and a book of 600 clients.
  • Acting for Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited and TUTMAN LLP on a number of new fund applications, fund mergers and other changes to funds, including extensive regulatory advice.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Experienced in European and US financial services regulation and compliance, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acts for global private equity firms, financial institutions, hedge fund managers, investment advisers, family offices and institutional investors across a range of matters. The firm advises on regulatory issues associated with fund formation for closed- and open-ended funds, as well as hybrid funds. Gregg Beechey leads the team and specialises in regulation facing fund managers. Also notable is senior associate Zac Mellor-Clark, who focuses on alternative investment funds and the EU alternative investment fund managers directive.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gregg Beechey

Autres avocats clés:

Zac Mellor-Clark

Les références

‘Gregg Beechey and Zac Mellor-Clark are incredibly responsive and always provide practical advice. They work really well together and complement each other’s styles’

 

Principaux clients

Bain Capital / Bain Capital Credit

BlackRock Investment Management

BlueBay Asset Management

Brookfield Asset Management

Goldman Sachs

iCON Infrastructure

HPS Investment Partners

Permira / Permira Debt Managers

Palatine Private Equity

Tudor Investment Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Bain Capital in all of its global private equity and credit fund formation work.
  • Representing BlackRock in a large number of European-led mandates, as well as on the European aspects of a number of global products alongside Fried Frank’s US team.
  • Representing Goldman Sachs Investment Management and Merchant Banking divisions on their full range of fund formation and structuring activities, including fundraisings across asset classes.

Gowling WLG

The ‘very experienced and knowledgeableGowling WLG advises on consumer credit, payment services, Fintech and fund regulation. The firm also has expertise in retail and automotive finance. The ‘excellentIan Mason leads the team and advises on contentious and non-contentious issues. His team includes principal associate Sushil Kuner, whose experience covers e-commerce, payment services, consumer credit and mortgage regulation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ian Mason

Autres avocats clés:

Sushil Kuner

Les références

‘Their knowledge and experience of regulators has been one the firm’s strengths’  

‘Easy to deal with, friendly and very knowledgeable in the field they specialise in’

‘Keep their clients updated with the latest regulatory news and offer help and advice where necessary’

‘Ian Mason is focused on solving the client’s actual needs’

‘Sushil Kuner has a particularly strong business approach and understands the regulatory environment very well’

Principaux clients

Bricklane Investment Services

Draper Esprit plc

H&T Group PLC

Klarna Bank AB

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust PLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advise Klarna Bank AB on various consumer credit and product design related queries, as well as IP related issues.
  • Provide ongoing and wide-ranging regulatory support to Draper Esprit PLC.
  • Advised H&T, the UK’s leading pawnbroker, on its acquisition of 65 trading stores and a further 29 pledge books from The Money Shop, the trading name for Instant Cash Loans Limited and TM Sutton Limited.

K&L Gates LLP

The ‘extremely responsiveK&L Gates LLP is experienced in acting as financial services regulatory counsel for global sector clients. The firm has cross-border expertise across a range of matters, including MiFID II, GDPR and the European market infrastructure regulation. The ‘genuinely great lawyerMichelle Moran advises on the establishment, authorisation and management of retail and institutional investment funds in the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg and Jersey. Also notable is Andrew Massey, who advises a range of financial services institutions, including investment managers, banks, financial intermediaries and institutional investors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michelle Moran

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Massey; Joanna Treacy

Les références

‘K&L Gates are approachable and very commercial, which is what firms want from their respective law firm partners, but often do not get’

‘The team is staffed with a number of bright, energetic individuals’

‘Fully committed to their task and deliver their services in a highly professional and caring manner’

‘Michelle Moran has great legal prowess but is also commercially-minded. She  is  very practical, responsive and is able to apply her in-house experience to advise a multitude of different clients in an effective way’

‘Joanna Treacy has been outstanding in her approach to many of our queries’

‘The team is led by a rare and inspirational leader in Michelle Moran. She is sure footed, immensely capable both in relation to her knowledge of the law and her strategic thinking, and a tremendous organiser of her team. These qualities, combined with her high energy levels and infectious enthusiasm, command respect from her colleagues and accordingly they respond by providing an efficient, seamless service’

‘The team are familiar with multiple jurisdictions and are very pragmatic and cost effective’

Principaux clients

Federated Hermes

Nordea Asset Management

Manulife Investment Management

GLX Digital

PAAMCO Prisma, LLC

Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Federated Hermes, Inc., on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).
  • Advising various Nordea Group companies on financial services regulation across Europe, to support their strategy for maintaining business operations in the context of Brexit.

Katten

The transatlantic practice at Katten advises exchanges, clearinghouses, liquidity providers, investment funds and asset managers on regulatory matters. The team is co-led by Lance Zinman,  the firm’s global chair of financial markets and funds; Carolyn Jackson, who assists clients in cross-border issues involving UK, EU and US regulation; Nathaniel Lalone, who is known for regulatory and compliance advice to market infrastructure clients; and Neil Robson, who advises on a range of issues for clients such as hedge fund managers, investment advisers, broker-dealers and proprietary traders.

Les références

‘Extremely reactive and pragmatic’

‘Neil Robson’s advice is very valuable. I can come to him with a very unusual request, he is extremely reactive and his advice is always spot on’

Principaux clients

Futures Industry Association, Inc. (FIA)

Arcadia Petroleum Ltd

Glendower Capital LLP

Nasdaq Stockholm AB

Principaux dossiers

  • Providing guidance to FIA on the impact of EMIR 2.2 and MiFID II on the ability of US futures commission merchants (FCMs) to conduct business with clients in the EU27.
  • Providing ongoing legal and regulatory advice and compliance support to the Arcadia Trading group with detailed commodities derivatives advice.
  • Providing Glendower Capital LLP with regulatory compliance advice on day-to-day regulatory issues, including remuneration rules and policies and procedures, as well as the client’s SM&CR implementation project.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP 's team includes UK-based dual qualified practitioners who are experienced in a range of non-contentious regulatory matters. The firm can also draw on the expertise of its strong US practice. Aaron Stephens has experience representing financial services sector clients across non-contentious and contentious regulatory matters involving the FCA, PRA, SFO and other agencies. He co-leads the team with Robert Dedman, who represents clients in regulatory and enforcement advisory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Aaron Stephens; Robert Dedman

Principaux clients

Travelex

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Travelex, a global payments company, in relation to the regulatory aspects of the launch of a new fintech product for Samsung mobile phones.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Asset management specialist Ropes & Gray LLP has expertise in fund formation, Brexit work and transactional advice, as well as derivatives and structured products. The ‘excellentEve Ellis joined from O'Melveny in 2019 and is strong in financial services regulation, providing ‘commercially sensible and legally robust solutions’. She co-leads the team with Anna Lawry, who focuses on derivatives and regulation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eve Ellis; Anna Lawry

Les références

‘Eve Ellis is a solid safe pair of hands, very conscientious and very user friendly’

‘I have worked frequently with Eve Ellis on a wide range of financial services related matters. I am impressed by her knowledge of the sector and of financial services law and regulation. She is a pleasure to work with’

‘Ropes are strong in the private funds space in general, in particular within Real Estate’

‘Eve Ellis is always quick to respond and clear on her view in interactions’

RPC

The ‘excellent, pragmatic and commercially focusedRPC specialises in insurance sector regulatory work, as well as consumer credit matters. The firm also has expertise in Brexit related advice. Matthew Griffith leads the team and is an expert in transactional, commercial and regulatory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Griffith

Les références

‘I consistently return to Matthew Griffith for external legal support on matters of insurance regulation because of his ability to distil highly complicated matters in a user friendly way which is appropriate for our business. I also find him a pleasure to work with and would not hesitate recommending him to a colleague’

‘The team has a very good understanding of the insurance market’

‘They are very commercial and are very willing to bring in colleagues to help with queries outside of their areas of focus’

‘They are very customer-oriented and ensure not only that they are available and provide responses when they say they will, but also that they provide answers which meet your needs; and which are digestible for the wider business’

‘They have clearly taken time to understand the regulators and to really understand the drivers behind various regulatory developments’

Principaux clients

AIG

QBE

Zurich

BPL Global

Aviva

RSA Insurance Group

Equitable Life

Direct Line Group

Sompo International

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised RSA Insurance Group, in relation to the Brexit project, including the establishment of its new European insurer, RSA Luxembourg (RSAL), and the Part VII transfer of a significant portion of RSA’s European business to RSAL.
  • Advised AIG in relation to the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive and related matters.
  • Advised international broking group, BPL Global, on the Brexit restructuring of its European Economic Area business operations, including the establishment of a UK branch of BPL Global’s French subsidiary, Berry Palmer & Lyle SAS.

Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP

The ‘well informed and thoughtfulSchulte Roth & Zabel International LLP has experience advising on the regulatory aspects of fund structuring, offerings of securities and fund products, as well as data protection and privacy matters in the area. Clients include investment funds, fund managers, investment banks and broker-dealers. Josh Dambacher co-leads the team with Christopher Hilditch . Also notable is Anna Maleva-Otto, who specialises in assisting asset managers with a range of UK financial services regulatory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Josh Dambacher; Christopher Hilditch

Autres avocats clés:

Anna Maleva-Otto

Les références

‘Keep abreast of developments to be a thought leader’

‘Anna Maleva-Otto is accessible and helpful, pragmatic in approaches to problems and willing to take a view in complicated situations’

TLT

With a 'good spread of legal expertise and commercial nous' TLT  provides ‘excellent regulatory knowledge’ in consumer finance, mortgages, retail banking, asset management and investor services. The firm also has expertise in payment services and Fintech. The ‘clear and insightfulNoline Matemera leads the practice, which was boosted in 2019 by the arrival of Angela Hayes from King & Spalding LLP and Robin Penfold from Addleshaw Goddard,.

Responsables de la pratique:

Noline Matemera

Autres avocats clés:

Angela Hayes; Robin Penfold; Tom Ward

Les références

‘The practice is commercial and practical in its approach, with excellent knowledge of regulatory matters and informative views on regulatory and pensions technical developments’

‘Noline Matemera is highly professional, approachable and considered in her advice – providing clarity and reassurance’

‘I appreciate Noline Matemera’s counsel very much and Noline and TLT are considered a vital part of the delivery of our proposition’

‘Approachable and easy to work with’

‘Tom Ward is a details man. Knowledgeable, precise, personable and efficient’

 

Principaux clients

Praetura Asset Finance Limited

Cabot Credit Management Limited

Yorkshire Building Society

UKAR (including NRAM, Bradford & Bingley and Mortgage Express)

Provident Financial plc

Arrow Global plc

Vanquis Bank Limited

Perch Recovery Limited

Hitachi Capital (UK) plc

Premium Credit Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Praetura Asset Finance Limited with its implementation of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR), as it applies to solo regulated firms.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on a range of matters including prudential regulation and governance, as well as retail distribution and investment issues. The firm also has expertise in payment service and e-money regulations. Practice head Jonny Williams focuses on regulation relating to financial services products, conduct of business and corporate restructurings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonny Williams

Autres avocats clés:

Emma Radmore

Les références

‘An approachable, personal team. Good technical expertise covering all areas of insurance. The firm goes out of its way to help its clients’

‘Emma Radmore has strong technical expertise in FCA rules, financial promotions and conduct issues.’

 

Principaux clients

Post Office Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Investec

Atom Bank plc

American International Group UK Limited

TSB Bank PLC

Vertu Motors PLC

B&Q plc

Sainsburys Bank plc

Stewart Title Ltd

The National Trust