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Martyn Hopper

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Martyn advises financial institutions on regulatory matters. Prior to returning to private practice in 2004 he spent over nine years working as a senior lawyer at the UK Financial Services Authority, latterly as Head of Department in the Enforcement Division. He has extensive experience advising investment banks, retail banks, insurers, asset managers and listed companies on regulatory compliance problems. He has advised on “crisis management” on discovery of major compliance failures,  conducted numerous internal investigations and represented clients in regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and related civil litigation across the financial services sector.

His client work has included some of the highest profile cases brought by the regulators over the past decade and has involved him regularly representing clients before regulators, tribunals and the higher courts (including applications for judicial review of regulators). He has extensive experience of managing multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues and investigations  touching Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific. Martyn also regularly advises clients on compliance risk management issues.

His areas of particular interest and experience include insider dealing and market manipulation, unauthorised trading incidents, corporate disclosure issues, governance and risk control in financial institutions, senior management responsibilities, management of conflicts of interest, suitability of financial products and portfolio management, financial promotions, fair treatment of customers and other conduct of business standards in respect of investment, banking and insurance products.

Martyn’s recent clients have included UBS, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, Santander, Bradford & Bingley, Zurich, Prudential, Capita Financial and a number of asset management firms.  Recent significant client matters on which he worked have included advising and representing UBS in relation to the Adoboli US$2.3billion unauthorised trading incident, representing UBS in the FSA’s Upper Tribunal proceedings against senior manager John Pottage and acting for the applicant in the judicial review of the FSA in R v FSA on the application of C. He has had a significant role advising clients on most of the major regulatory investigations and inquiries resulting from the banking crisis.


Government Legal Service 1992-95; UK Financial Services Authority 1995-2004; partner Herbert Smith, London 2004-13; partner Linklaters, London 2013 to date.


University of Oxford (1987-90 BA (Hons) Jurisprudence); Inns of Court School of Law (1990-91 Bar Vocational Course); Middle Temple (barrister Nov 1991); London School of Economics (1994-96 Master of Laws).

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Leading individuals

Martyn Hopper - Linklaters LLP

Within: Financial services

'One of the top few leading practices', Linklaters LLP provides 'strong strategic advice' to investment banks, investment managers and infrastructure providers across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. On the non-contentious front, the firm advises on discrete regulatory issues as well as large-scale regulatory projects relating to Brexit, ring-fencing and regulatory capital. The team continues to handle numerous mandates relating to MiFID II and led by the 'excellent' Harry Eddis has been representing Nomura International plc on the implementation of the directive. Alongside Nikunj Kiri, Michael Kent and Martyn Hopper, Eddis has  also been central to the 12 leading investment and retail banks on their implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. The 'super bright' Peter Bevan has broad-ranging financial services regulatory expertise and often puts this knowledge to good effect on behalf of entities seeking to develop new financial products. The 'very technical and knowledgeable' Sebastian Barling  provides standalone regulatory advice as well as advising on the regulatory overlay in relation to financial services M&A. On the contentious front, in addition to the presence of pre-eminent practitioners including Hopper, Kent, Kiri and 'clever and dynamic' solicitor advocate Andrew Hughes , the team also benefits from numerous more junior practitioners who are developing a strong reputation, including the 'very articulate and detail oriented' Alison Wilson, who excels at handling FCA enforcement actions on behalf of retail banks and 'user-friendly and very bright' managing associate Ben Packer, who handles contentious financial services as a function of his broader dispute resolution offering. Sarah Parkhouse retired and Carl Fernandes joined Latham & Watkins.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Martyn Hopper - Linklaters LLP

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Linklaters LLP advises corporations and financial institutions on regulatory compliance and investigations and prosecutions by the FCA, PRA, TPR, DOJ and SEC. The firm is advising Amec Foster Wheeler in relation to bribery and corruption investigations by the SFO, SEC and DOJ. Another highlight included acting for Sir Philip Green and Taveta Investments in relation to the Work and Pensions and Business, Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry into BHS which resulted in a £363m settlement. Other clients include Citi, UBS, Lloyds, Morgan Stanley, RBS and Aviva. Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra head the team, supported by Martyn Hopper, Christa Band, Ben Packer and Andrew Hughes. Elly Proudlock joined as counsel from WilmerHale, Susana Cao Miranda joined as partner from Goldman Sachs.

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