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Work 020 7628 2000
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Fax 020 7628 2100
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www.foxwilliams.com

Peter Wright

Tel:
Work 020 7614 2680
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Fox Williams LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Lead partner for FCA and PRA regulatory issues at Fox Williams. Assists clients with both non-contentious and contentious financial services issues. Expert advisor in respect of the conduct of FCA enforcement investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings. Also experienced in matters relating to contentious authorisation and approval applications. Specialist interest in bringing and defending domestic and cross-border civil fraud claims. Additionally qualified as a solicitor-advocate and highly experienced in conducting civil cases in the High Court and Upper Tribunal. Specialist areas of practice: financial services regulation; commercial litigation; internal investigations; professional discipline; fraud; litigation & forensic investigations; insolvency and advocacy.

Career

Assistant solicitor at Russell Jones & Walker; commercial litigation solicitor specialising in business litigation; professional discipline (sport and financial services); insolvency litigation and civil fraud cases. Lawyer in the FSA’s enforcement and financial crime division 2005-2011. Specialised in the conduct of civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings for the FSA in the High Court, RDC and Upper Tribunal. Experienced in conducting complex investigations in relation to retail, wholesale and unauthorised business cases. Acted in a number of high profile enforcement cases including Northern Rock and has acted an an expert witness and advisor to the Serious Fraud Office and City of London Police.

Member

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL); Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA); University of Bristol Law Alumni.

Education

University of Bristol (1997 LLB Hons Law); Diploma in Legal Practice (1998 LPC commendation).


London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable and calmPeter Wright Fox Williams LLP provides 'pragmatic, candid and helpful' advice to a wide-ranging array of clients including banks, asset management companies and fintech companies. Although he also handles some advisory work, Wright is best-known for his contentious expertise on behalf of corporate clients and individuals and in this respect has an excellent perspective gleaned through his many years' in private practice and in the enforcement division of the FSA. The 'formidable' Sona Ganatra  'has a background in commercial litigation as well as financial services work' and combines the two skills to good effect to clients that are the subject to regulatory scrutiny, particularly as it pertains to financial crime. Both Wright and Gonatra are representing a stock broking firm in respect of FCA supervisory intervention (including two skilled persons’ reviews), a complex FCA enforcement action, as well as parallel police investigations. Chris Finney has 'excellent experience and insight into regulatory issues and the regulator's approach' and leads on much of the non-contentious work handled by the firm. Clients include eBay, Tatton Asset Management and Prodigy Finance.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

FantasticFox Williams LLP provides ‘great response times, brilliantly focused advice and cost-efficient delivery’. It is adept at handling all white-collar fraud-related matters as part of its regulatory and investigations practice which has experience in representing individuals in SFO and Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigations. The ‘brilliantJames Carlton heads the team; he is ‘charm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level’. Newly promoted partner Sona Ganatra ‘understands the commercial realities and personal pressures of these investigations and proceedings and helps clients manage both’. Chris Finney joined as partner from Cooley (UK) LLP. Peter Wright is also recommended.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Fox Williams LLP advises on a broad range of corporate crime issues including fraud, bribery, market manipulation and sanctions compliance. It recently acted for a large logistics company in relation to a City of London Police investigation into alleged fraudulent sales practices, after liaising and cooperating with the investigators, the investigation was terminated. Other clients include brokerage firms, foreign banks, multinational media companies and a public relations company. James Carlton heads the team and is ‘vastly experienced in this area and is particularly excellent in corporate investigations’. Sona Ganatra was promoted to partner. Peter Wright is also recommended.

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