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Index of tables
- Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory)
- Leading individuals
- Financial services (contentious)
- Leading individuals
Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory)
- Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
- Blake Morgan LLP
- Cooley (UK) LLP
- DAC Beachcroft LLP
- Farrer & Co
- Fox Williams LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP
- Gowling WLG
K&L Gates LLP
- Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP
Locke Lord LLP
- Mishcon de Reya LLP
- Nabarro LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
- Stephenson Harwood
- Christopher Bates - Clifford Chance LLP
- David Berman - Macfarlanes LLP
- Peter Bevan - Linklaters LLP
- John Casanova - Sidley Austin LLP
- Margaret Chamberlain - Travers Smith LLP
- Clive Cunningham - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Paul Edmondson - CMS
- Mark Evans - Travers Smith LLP
- Simon Gleeson - Clifford Chance LLP
- Jonathan Herbst - Norton Rose Fulbright
- Mark Kalderon - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Michael Kent - Linklaters LLP
- Rachel Kent - Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Michael McKee - DLA Piper
- Rob Moulton - Latham & Watkins
Bob Penn -
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
- Jan Putnis - Slaughter and May
- Michael Raffan - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Barney Reynolds - Shearman & Sterling LLP
- Charlotte Stalin - Simmons & Simmons
Financial services (contentious)
- Elizabeth Barrett - Slaughter and May
- Roger Best - Clifford Chance LLP
- Peter Bibby - Brown Rudnick LLP
- Calum Burnett - Allen & Overy LLP
- Carlos Conceicao - Clifford Chance LLP
- Adam Epstein - Mishcon de Reya LLP
Charles Evans -
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
- James Gardner - Linklaters LLP
- Martyn Hopper - Linklaters LLP
- Harvey Knight - Withers LLP
- Helen Marshall - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
- Simon Morris - CMS
- Sidney Myers - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP
Stephen Pollard -
- Ali Sallaway - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- David Scott - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Edward Sparrow - Ashurst
- Tony Woodcock - Stephenson Harwood
Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘pragmatic and commercial’ team provides ‘considerable industry and regulatory knowledge’ to a broad range of clients including banks, infrastructure providers and trade associations. Aided by the firm’s global network as well as a strong corporate transactional offering, the team continues to be involved in numerous regulatory-driven transactions; in a highlight, Monica Sah and Simon Gleeson advised GE Capital on the global non-US regulatory issues associated with its major divestment programme. Carlos Conceicao (who is ‘excellent at representing corporates facing lengthy and complex investigations’) acted alongside the ‘superb’ Dorian Drew for the Co-operative Bank in joint Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) investigations. Other key figures on the contentious side include Simon Davis, who is ‘one of the top contentious financial services lawyers in London’; Kelwin Nicholls and Judith Seddon, who are ‘simply the best for high-profile cases’; and the ‘excellent’ Roger Best. Key figures on the non-contentious front include the ‘outstanding’ Christopher Bates and Simon Crown.
Leveraging its global network, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has been at the forefront of the highest-profile market manipulation cases, where the ‘excellent’ Simon Orton has been particularly active. Piers Reynolds is ‘excellent at acting for large corporate clients facing lengthy and complex investigations’. Other recommended partners include ‘top contentious lawyer’ Andrew Hart, the ‘hugely intelligent and self-effacing’ Ian Taylor, and David Scott. On the non-contentious side, Michael Raffan, James Smethurst, David Rouch and Mark Kalderon have handled numerous implementation projects for clients seeking to adapt to the changes ushered in by MiFID II and the Senior Managers Regime.
Linklaters LLP’s ten-partner financial services regulatory team handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious mandates for an impressive transactional financial institution client base including Goldman Sachs, RBS and Citi. Working alongside members of the competition group, the ‘excellent’ Nikunj Kiri has been representing Barclays Bank in the FCA’s review of the credit card market. Martyn Hopper and Sarah Parkhouse have been advising the Lloyds Banking Group on the implications of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Carl Fernandes ‘delivers thoughtful and insightful advice’ and is ‘able to marshal complex facts and map them against the regulatory landscape’. Team head Peter Bevan, Michael Kent, Harry Eddis and James Gardner are also recommended.
Allen & Overy LLP’s ability to deliver ‘outstanding regulatory and contentious expertise’ makes it a natural choice for high-stakes internal investigations and enforcement proceedings. Calum Burnett has ‘a unique insight into the external regulatory and internal control environment within which his clients operate’. The ‘supremely bright’ Arnondo Chakrabarti ‘understands the market and products’ and is ‘an excellent choice for internal investigations/enforcement actions focused on financial crime’. On the non-contentious front, the team is now headed by Etay Katz and Damian Corolan, following Bob Penn’s recent move to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Katz has provided regulatory advice on numerous transactions in the financial services sector, including advising Banco Sabadell on its £1.7bn public takeover of TSB Bank.
Led on the non-contentious front by the ‘insightful and commercial’ Rob Moulton* and on the contentious side by the ‘experienced and reassuring’ Edward Sparrow, Ashurst’s team ‘has its finger on the pulse of the most relevant financial regulation coming out of the UK and Europe’. Acting alongside the ‘commercial and practical’ Nicola Higgs, Moulton has been involved in major MiFID II projects for Jefferies International and Rothschild & Sons. The ‘pragmatic’ Jake Green has ‘excellent specialist knowledge’ on issues facing the spread betting industry. Sparrow (‘has been everywhere and seen everything’) acted alongside David Capps for former directors of HBOS in an FCA investigation into their culpability as to the collapse of the bank. Other recommended partners include James Perry and Tom Connor. *Rob Moulton joined Latham & Watkins in June 2016.
Rachel Kent leads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s non-contentious offering and is praised for her ability to provide ‘clear-sighted and well-thought-out advice at a senior overview level’. Emily Reid and Roger Tym are ‘able to tailor advice to practical situations’. Consumer finance and payments specialist Jonathan Chertkow is noted for his ‘ability to communicate complex technical regulation in a commercial context’. The ‘measured and intelligent’ Jon Holland leads the firm’s efforts on the contentious front and has extensive experience in market manipulation matters. Louise Lamb is ‘excellent’ on anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions matters.
Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘extensive industry knowledge’ and ‘awareness of the regulator’s perspective’. The practice regularly acts for wholesale and retail banking clients including CME, Santander and Capital International Group, covering the spectrum of hot-button issues affecting their businesses, such as MiFID II, AIFMD and ring-fencing. Jonathan Herbst has ‘a formidable command of his subject’ and is recognised as ‘one of the top derivatives lawyers in the City’. Hannah Meakin and Peter Snowdon are also recommended for their non-contentious regulatory expertise. The ‘highly technical and responsive’ Elisabeth Bremner has excellent credentials in the market and is regularly involved in large-scale internal and FCA-led investigations. Other key contentious figures include Katie Stephen (who is praised for her ‘investigatory talents’), Lista Cannon and Chris Warren-Smith.
Shearman & Sterling LLP provides ‘robust advice’ and ‘up-to-date knowledge of industry trends’ to clients including Barclays, Citigroup and ICE. Team head Barney Reynolds is, according to one client, ‘brilliant at ensuring we are kept updated on industry developments’. In an illustration of Reynolds’ expertise advising market infrastructure providers, he is continuing to act for Abu Dhabi Global Market, the new international financial centre which was recently established in the UAE. Reynolds has also provided regulatory input on the €4.9bn and €2.03bn capital raisings for Piraeus Bank and Eurobank, respectively. The ‘excellent’ Thomas Donegan has ‘a deep understanding of European regulation’. On the contentious front, Jo Rickard handles FSR litigation as part of her broad commercial litigation offering.
Simmons & Simmons’ ‘outstanding team’ has been particularly active advising its asset management and investment fund client base on key areas of impact including AIFMD. ‘Leading regulatory adviser’ Darren Fox has ‘a very good sense of what the regulator would expect’. Charlotte Stalin has handled a significant amount of work for investment managers on MiFID II implementation, and the ‘excellent’ Penny Miller provides UK and EU regulatory advice on derivatives and structured finance matters. On the contentious front, the ‘technically flawless’ Richard Sims provides ‘fleet-footed advice’ on financial crime and market abuse matters. The ‘outstanding’ Marc Thorley provides a ‘tenacious and dogged service’ to retail banks engaged in mis-selling cases, and Robert Turner has a focus on asset management disputes.
Led by the ‘superb’ Jan Putnis, the ‘top-notch’ team at Slaughter and May handles high-profile advisory mandates and regulatory-driven transactional work for clients including Goldman Sachs, Standard Life, Aviva and American Express. On the regulatory front, Ben Kingsley recently advised UK Asset Resolution on the sale of a £13bn asset portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management. The firm has been involved in numerous cross-border market manipulation cases, including Deborah Finkler’s work for Deutsche Bank in multi-jurisdictional benchmark setting investigations including LIBOR. Ewan Brown has also had significant exposure to benchmarking cases and recently acted for JP Morgan in various regulatory and governmental investigations into its alleged involvement in FX manipulation. Elizabeth Barrett and Jonathan Clark are also recommended.
Travers Smith LLP is ‘a leader for AIFMD-related questions’. The ‘practical and efficient’ Stephanie Biggs is advising Cinven on the UK and EU regulatory aspects associated with the structuring and marketing of its sixth fund. Team head Jane Tuckley provides regulatory advice on fund-related M&A, including advising Renshaw Bay on the transfer of its real estate fund management business to Swiss-based asset management firm, GAM. The ‘intellectually first-rate’ Mark Evans has ‘unrivalled knowledge of clearing and settlement systems’ and is recommended alongside ‘impressive’ consultant Margaret Chamberlain, Stephen Paget-Brown, and the ‘very bright’ Tim Lewis, who are singled out for their private equity regulatory advice. On the contentious front, Robert Fell is ‘well respected by regulators’ and provides ‘thorough and effective’ advice to a range of clients, including the Oversight Committee of the Bank of England, for which Fell acted in connection with its investigation into the conduct of bank officials in the FX market.
The ‘responsive and thorough’ team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP ‘has been making great strides on the contentious front’, where it acts for both individuals and corporates. Nathan Willmott continues to advise various institutions in UK/US enforcement investigations surrounding the manipulation of various benchmarks including LIBOR and FX. Sidney Myers has ‘very strong strategic vision’, and dual UK and US-qualified solicitor advocate Aaron Stephens provides ‘top-flight’ advice to corporates and individuals on multi-jurisdictional white-collar matters. On the non-contentious front, the ‘responsive and approachable’ Matthew Baker is well regarded in the investment management space and recently provided regulatory advice to Axiom European Debt Fund on its launch and admission to the specialist fund market of the LSE. Newly promoted partner Polly James is ‘one to watch’ and ‘fights tenaciously for her clients’.
CMS is noted for its ‘excellent industry knowledge and commercial understanding’, and for its ability to cover a panoply of issues affecting both the retail and wholesale banking sectors. The ‘statesman-like’ Simon Morris provides ‘clear advice and guidance’ across a range of pressing issues, including recently advising a raft of banks on the implementation of the Senior Managers Regime. The ‘exceptional’ Alison McHaffie, who ‘combines strong academic understanding of the regulatory framework with an excellent technical approach to dealing with regulators’, is regularly involved in FCA enforcements and investigations. The ‘approachable, practical and empathetic’ Bill McCaffrey is an expert on consumer credit issues, and Maxine Cupitt has ‘an excellent understanding of the approaches taken by the regulatory bodies’. Paul Edmondson and Ash Saluja have ‘excellent industry knowledge and commercial understanding’.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s contentious and non-contentious team provides ‘business-focussed advice’ across a range of issues affecting retail and investment banking clients such as Lloyds, UBS and Credit Suisse. With support from the firm’s employment team, Andrew Procter has led the advice to eight banks, including TSB and Westpac, on major implementation projects concerning the new Senior Managers Regime. In another highlight, Jenny Stainsby, the ‘highly technical’ Hywel Jenkins and Daniel Hudson worked alongside the competition team in advising a leading global investment bank and an international financing group on the global reviews into alleged manipulation in the FX market. Since his arrival in May 2015 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Nick Bradbury has been involved in a range of wholesale and retail financial services work, including providing regulatory advice on TSB’s spin out from the Lloyds Banking Group. Clive Cunningham is also recommended.
Leveraging the firm’s impressive private equity client base, King & Wood Mallesons continues to pick up a significant amount of regulatory work affecting the alternative investment fund sector. The ‘very highly rated’ Tamasin Little has been acting alongside Adrian Brown, a new hire from Nabarro LLP, and Tim Dolan on numerous AIFMD-related issues, including advising Queensland Investment Corporation on the structuring of its first-ever fund managed by an EU AIFM and marketed to EU professional investors under the AIFMD passport. The ‘highly experienced and commercial’ David Calligan has a good reputation advising broker dealers including Plus500, which he is advising on a wide variety of regulatory and compliance matters relating to derivatives. The firm also has ‘strength-in-depth’ on the contentious front; Rachel Couter was recently appointed as a “skilled person” by the FCA in its review of a major bank’s interest rate hedging product sales.
Macfarlanes LLP provides ‘a very commercial service’ to buy-side and sell-side clients. David Berman provides ‘accurate and commercially prudent advice’, and is recognised as an expert on the Senior Managers Regime. The ‘responsive and solutions-oriented’ Michelle Kirschner has been very active advising on MiFID II considerations, and the ‘technically knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Paul Ellison is also recommended for his standalone advisory work as well as regulatory advice to private equity sponsors on financial services sector acquisitions. On the contentious front, Dan Lavender and Matt McCahearty ‘both provide commercial and pragmatic advice’ and represented ICAP on all aspects of multi-jurisdictional investigations into Yen LIBOR manipulation.
Addleshaw Goddard LLP provides ‘sharp and commercial advice’ across an array of matters affecting banks including Barclays, HSBC and TSB, and is particularly singled out for its ‘absolutely superb consumer credit work’, where the ‘best-in-class’ Rosanna Bryant is a particular standout practitioner. Team head Amanda Hulme also has a focus on retail matters, while the ‘calm and considered’ Brian McDonnell provides ‘superior advice’ within the wholesale sector. Ex-FSA lawyer Chris Brennan provides ‘insightful advice’ to retail and wholesale banking clients.
At Baker McKenzie LLP, ‘excellent’ team head Arun Srivastava recently represented the FCA as an interested party in a high-profile judicial review claim concerning KPMG’s role as an independent reviewer in the compensation process concerning mis-selling of interest rate swap products. Non-contentious work included advising Cash America/Enova on its successful FCA authorisation process.
At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, team head Jonathan Bayliss handles regulatory work for institutional clients in the private wealth sector. William Garner excels at wholesale trading and markets work, and is advising Morgan Stanley on the regulatory issues associated with access to new trading venues, new products and MiFID II. Former team head Elizabeth Budd joined Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2015.
Headed on the non-contentious front by the ‘excellent’ Michael McKee and on the contentious side by Tony Katz, DLA Piper’s three-partner team provides ‘high-quality and incisive advice across a wide range of areas’. Katz and Sam Millar recently represented Trasta Komercbanka in an internal review of its AML policies.
Eversheds LLP has ‘significant technical knowledge’ of issues affecting clients in the asset management space. Andrew Henderson is ‘able to work through tricky issues quickly and effectively’ and has advised over 25 fund management groups and private wealth managers on the implementation of the FCA’s new client asset and client money rules. Gregory Brandman leads the firm’s efforts on the contentious regulatory side, and is ably assisted by the ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ David Saunders, who has a ‘valuable insider’s insight’ as a result of his time as deputy group general counsel at Nationwide Building Society. Clients include JP Morgan Asset Management, Royal London Asset Management and AXA Investment.
Key figures at Fieldfisher include team head Kirstene Baillie, who has an excellent reputation in the investment fund space, and the ‘excellent’ John Worthy, who is noted for his payments expertise. On the contentious front, Duncan Black provides ‘wise and balanced advice’ to a range of clients including hedge funds.
At Jones Day, team head John Ahern, who is noted for his ‘commercial realism and practicality’, acts for funds, broker dealers and banks across a range of EU and UK regulatory matters, and has particular expertise in regulatory capital matters. Harriet Territt provides ‘pragmatic, thoughtful and intelligent advice’ to clients subject to regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.
At Mayer Brown International LLP, ‘friendly and approachable’ US-qualified partner David Sahr is praised by clients for his ‘commercial application of the relevant regulations’, and in particular the extraterritorial impact of Dodd-Frank on banks operating outside of the US. The ‘user-friendly’ Mark Compton is ‘extremely knowledgeable in the commodity space’. The team was bolstered by the arrival in March 2016 of Guy Wilkes from the FCA.
Now numbering five partners following the arrival in May 2015 of the ‘very experienced and pragmatic’ David Heffron from Addleshaw Goddard LLP and Elizabeth Budd in September 2015 from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP has increased bandwidth across the regulatory landscape. Other partners include payments expert Tony Anderson and Michael Lewis, who specialises in work within the wholesale banking space.
Fielding 11 dedicated partners in London and also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners spread out across the firm’s international network, Reed Smith LLP has the strength-in-depth to provide ‘clear and pragmatic regulatory advice’ to a broad range of clients including retail and investment banks, asset managers and broker dealers. Jacqui Hatfield provides ‘well-researched and crisp advice’ on a range of mandates including Fintech regulatory matters. Chris Borg and Brett Hillis are well known for their commodity derivatives regulatory expertise. Robert Falkner and Charles Hewetson have been representing Santander in an FCA review into the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products to its customers.
Sidley Austin LLP provides ‘commercial advice across myriad EU regulatory issues’, and is particularly strong advising US clients on the relationship between US and EU/UK regulations. The ‘very commercial’ Leonard Ng (‘one of the most knowledgeable and technically able regulatory lawyers in the market’) advises hedge fund clients such as Citadel Group and the US-based Managed Funds Association. Matthew Dening has ‘real industry credibility’ on derivatives regulation and John Casanova, who splits his time between London and Singapore, is well regarded on the payments front.
At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, ‘strategic and tactical’ contentious team head Helen Marshall has ‘formidable technical knowledge’ in the fund management space. Rosemarie Paul was formerly at the FSA and has ‘great insight into how the FCA approaches regulatory responsibilities’. Christopher Leonard advises investment managers and broker dealers across a broad spread of regulatory issues as they relate to product distribution, compliance and structuring.
At Covington & Burling LLP, Charlotte Hill has ‘a strong understanding of the changing regulatory environment’. Recent highlights include advising Aberforth Partners on the implications of the newly implemented UCITS V.
The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ five-partner team at Dechert LLP handles regulatory work for clients in the investment fund and asset management sector including AIFMD and MiFID II compliance projects. Karen Anderberg provides ‘highly effective advice’ to US funds entering the UK market. The ‘excellent’ Richard Frase and ‘industry giant’ Peter Astleford are also recommended.
Howard Kennedy LLP’s Daniel Tunkel acts for a raft of small to mid-cap investment funds and regularly advises foreign clients on obtaining the relevant regulatory authorisations to set up regulated businesses in the UK. Dan Hyde is ‘calm under pressure and skilled at managing the crossover between parallel civil and criminal proceedings’.
At Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, team head Lisa Cawley is praised for her ability to ‘cut through the quagmire of legislation and extract the relevant points’. She has ‘superb industry knowledge’ of UK and EU regulations affecting the private equity space and ‘displays a good balance of technical exactitude and commercial pragmatism’.
At Osborne Clarke, ‘pragmatic and commercial’ team head Paul Anning is well versed in the regulatory issues associated with the payments and funds sectors, and Bristol-based Tim Simmonds provides regulatory advice to real estate funds. In keeping with the firm’s venture capital expertise, the team also provides expertise on crowdfunding regulations.
Led by the ‘tenacious’ and ‘hardworking’ Richard Burger, RPC is best known for its expertise within the insurance sector, where Burger ‘really has a sense of what works before the regulator’. Robbie Constance provides ‘pithy and articulate advice’ to clients in the wealth and investment management sector.
At Ropes & Gray LLP, Michelle Moran has a ‘very keen legal mind’ and is ‘able to effectively apply the law and regulation’ to European and US investment managers. As well as advising investment management clients across a range of regulatory matters including AIFMD and MiFID II, Monica Gogna is also recognised as a leading expert in exchange traded funds work.
Headed by the ‘astute and commercial’ Jonathan Rogers, Taylor Wessing LLP’s three-partner non-contentious team provides wide-ranging regulatory expertise to clients in the wealth management, consumer finance, payments and insurance sectors. The ‘unflappable, calm and measured’ Alix Prentice is also recommended, while on the contentious front, the ‘impressive’ David McCluskey is recommended for criminal and regulatory investigations.
White & Case LLP regularly acts for clients on regulatory aspects arising from financial services M&A. Team leader Stuart Willey regularly works with colleagues throughout the firm’s global network and, in addition to regulatory driven transactional matters, handles standalone work on issues such as the risk retention rules associated with the CLO market.
At Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP, team head Tim Aron regularly handles securities and derivatives regulatory work, and often works alongside practitioners from the firm’s strong Washington DC office.
At Blake Morgan LLP, senior associate Felicity Rowan ‘effectively combines her ex-FSA experience with practical compliance advice’. Team head Richard Humphreys has particular expertise in the Consumer Credit Act and has been advising consumer credit funders on FCA regulatory issues.
At Dentons, team head Rosali Pretorius has been advising Statoil on the implications of MiFID II on its derivatives trading business. Managing associate Emma Radmore specialises in retail financial services and investment fund regulatory advice.
Fox Williams LLP benefits from ‘strength and experience in the financial services field’. It is particularly well respected for its contentious expertise, where Peter Wright ‘combines technical knowledge with good judgement and a natural instinct for enforcement litigation’. James Carlton (‘always calm in a crisis’) is also recommended, as is Nigel Brahams (who is ‘very knowledgeable about current regulatory hot topics including MiFID II’) and ‘Fintech hotshot’ Jonathan Segal.
The arrival in July 2015 of the ‘considered and commercially aware’ Gregg Beechey from King & Wood Mallesons has added regulatory expertise to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP’s growing transactional funds practice in London. Beechey has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant law’ affecting the funds industry.
At Gowling WLG, Greg Standing ‘has a reputation for being client friendly and strong on strategy’.
Key non-contentious figures at K&L Gates LLP include Jacob Ghanty, who ‘has a clear understanding of the retail banking/payments environment’. On the contentious front senior associate David Savell displays ‘extraordinary attention to detail’ on corporate crime and regulatory prosecutions.
Headed by David Brennand, Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP’s four-partner team provides ‘a very high level of service’ on regulatory issues affecting proprietary trading firms, exchanges and broker dealers. Nathaniel Lalone is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable across both US and EU regulatory matters’.
At Locke Lord LLP, team head Robert Courtneidge has ‘in-depth industry knowledge in the payments and prepaid payments industry’.
Mishcon de Reya LLP’s ‘very active regulatory practice’ predominantly acts for individuals or smaller corporates in investigations and enforcement actions. Adam Epstein provides ‘calm, sensible and sound advice’ and is ‘revered by his opponents as an expert in his field’. Tim Flood has particular expertise on investment fund regulation.
At Nabarro LLP, the ‘pragmatic’ Sam Robinson has ‘deep industry knowledge’ across a range of matters including payment regulatory issues.
At Paul Hastings LLP, Ben Regnard-Weinrabe is ‘absolutely extraordinary on consumer credit regulations’ and has ‘in-depth knowledge and understanding of the payments industry’.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP’s Patrick Brandt provides regulatory advice on financial services M&A, and recently advised Calera Capital on its acquisition of independent Lloyd’s broker RFIB Group. The practice also handles standalone regulatory issues.
Stephenson Harwood has ‘a thorough understanding of the law and process, as well as of the financial services world’ and is ‘especially strong acting for senior individuals’ in regulatory investigations and accompanying criminal investigations. Sara George and Tony Woodcock ‘are energetic, tough and expert in the underlying subject matters of typical enforcement cases’. On the advisory front, Richard Small has particular expertise on custody and client money matters.
TLT’s offering on both the contentious and non-contentious side was recently bolstered by the arrival in February 2016 of ‘shockingly clever’ consumer credit expert Russell Kelsall from Squire Patton Boggs. The ‘excellent’ Emily Benson is also recommended.
Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘very strong in contentious FCA enforcement work’, and has gained particular prominence representing individuals in numerous LIBOR and FX market manipulation matters. The ‘excellent’ Louise Hodges ‘effectively combines her criminal law instincts with a general understanding of City matters’. Eve Giles has ‘an excellent understanding of the trading environment’ and is also recommended along with the ‘formidable’ Jo Rickards and Julie Matheson, who is ‘knowledgeable about complex financial regulatory issues’.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is particularly strong in cases where there is a criminal and civil crossover, and in working for individuals facing regulatory or criminal charges. Key figures include Hannah Laming, who is ‘dauntless in the face of the regulators’, the ‘calm and considered’ Neil Swift, and special counsel Monty Raphael QC, who is ‘a legend in the profession’.
At WilmerHale, the ‘pragmatic’ Stephen Pollard is noted for his ‘good judgement’ and expertise representing individuals in high-profile enforcement cases. ‘Highly analytical’ counsel Elly Proudlock is also recommended.
At Withers LLP, former FSA lawyer Harvey Knight is ‘a very experienced financial services practitioner who fights his clients’ corner relentlessly’ and ‘has no hesitation in taking the regulators head on if need be’.
Litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP is ‘highly rated’ for individuals facing regulatory investigation or criminal charges. Cindy Dorrington is ‘tactically astute and leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of her client’s defence’. Managing partner Antony Brown is also recommended.
Brown Rudnick LLP has ‘really upped its game’ for contentious financial services work since the recent arrival of former senior enforcement regulator Peter Bibby, who provides ‘straight-talking’ and ‘effective’ advice to senior executives on FCA investigations and enforcement cases.
For some, Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is ‘top of the market for handling difficult financial services litigation for non-bank claimants’. Marc Keidan ‘has real expertise in banking-related disputes and an absolute determination to do the very best for his clients’.
Leveraging its superb white-collar expertise, Corker Binning is particularly accomplished at handling regulatory matters with a criminal angle, including acting for individuals in a number of the recent market manipulation cases. Peter Binning, Andrew Smith and Jessica Parker ‘are hugely experienced at FCA work with a criminal angle’, and name partner David Corker provides ‘a tough and effective defence for his clients’.