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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Financial services regulatory: foreign firms
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Clifford Chance’s group acts for large-scale banking clients including UBS, Citibank and The Bank of New York Mellon, with an emphasis on regulatory issues arising from fintech products. Recent work includes advising on cross-border partnerships in the banking sector as well as the implementation of digital banking platforms. The team also advises online retailers on licensing and regulatory matters. Paul Landless, who ‘has a strong understanding of the needs of global financial institutions and is on top of big industry issues’, is advising Credit Suisse on its partnership with a fintech company for the development of its digital private banking platform. The group is assisting an international private bank and wealth manager with winding up proceedings involving cross-border anti-money laundering investigations. Also recommended are the ‘very knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Lena Ng, who was promoted to partner, Kabir Singh, and senior associate Daniel Cookson.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s team handles a diverse workload including managing cross-border regulatory investigations, assisting global corporations with operations in multiple jurisdictions, and handling licensing matter for banks and financial services providers. Other key areas of work include reviewing regulatory strategy for providers of financial products and services, issues involving foreign exchanges and complex compliance reviews. Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan and Pamela Kiesselbach are key contacts.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group handles regulatory and compliance matters for new market entrants in the financial services sector, as well as advising on licensing and regulatory issues related to commodity and derivatives trading. Other highlights included handling outsourcing agreements for multinational banks and insurers and developing a regulatory framework for financing transactions across the region. In addition to financial services providers and trading companies, a considerable proportion of clients come from the energy and natural resources sector. Sheela Moorthy heads the practice, which includes Yu-En Ong, Anna Tipping and Wilson Ang. Senior associate Paul Sumilas is another name to note.

Linklaters’ ‘commercially minded, thorough’ team is praised for its ‘great grasp of current market practice’. Cross-border investigations and regulatory issues arising from cross-border corporate transactions are key areas of focus for the team, which has assisted with drafting compliance manuals for investment funds, advised on regulatory reviews of anti-terrorism control policies, and acted on licensing issues for foreign-headquartered financial institutions operating in Singapore. The firm also has a strong track record advising on new technologies in the financial services sector. Counsel Peiying Chua ’knows the law inside out and communicates well’.

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