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Nikunj Kiri

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Financial regulation


Nik is a partner in the Financial Regulation Group in London.  He has extensive experience of advising banks, broker-dealers, insurers, asset managers, wealth management firms and listed companies on regulatory and compliance matters, with a particular focus on contentious regulatory and compliance risk management issues. 

Nik’s contentious regulatory experience includes conducting internal investigations and reviews following the discovery of suspected compliance failures; assisting clients in managing section 166 skilled persons’ reviews; advising clients in relation to managing communications with regulators; representing clients in FSA/FCA investigations and enforcement proceedings (including representing clients before the Regulatory Decisions Committee, in the Upper Tribunal and in the higher courts); advising clients in relation to the development and implementation of past business reviews and redress/remediation programmes; and assisting clients in managing civil litigation risks arising out of regulatory failings.

Nik also regularly advises clients on compliance risk management issues, including advice on the practical implications of regulation for their business practices and governance arrangements, and strategies for mitigating and managing regulatory and conduct risks.  Nik’s work in this area covers a diverse range of topics, from senior management responsibility, governance and risk management frameworks to conflicts of interest, insider dealing, market abuse, client money, fair treatment of customers, complaint handling and other conduct of business issues. Nik also regularly advises listed companies, corporate brokers and sponsors in relation to the disclosure and control of inside information, the LR8 sponsor regime and other Listing Rule/DTR compliance matters.


Trainee solicitor, Herbert Smith Freehills, London 2001-03; associate Herbert Smith Freehills, London 2003-10; partner Herbert Smith Freehills, London 2010-2013; partner Linklaters, London 2013.


Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, BA Hons (Law), 1997-2000; Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Court (2000-01).

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Leading individuals

Nikunj Kiri - 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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