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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

William Garner

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Business disputes, financial services, technology, media and telecommunications; financial services and funds.


William specialises in advising clients in the wholesale, trading and markets segment of the financial services sector. He leads the firm’s wholesale, trading and markets practice. William regularly assists clients throughout the UK authorisation process and has particular expertise in advising clients on a wide range of regulatory, trading and markets issues and perimeter issues. He has also advised on the structuring and establishment of numerous financial services businesses and investment funds. William has a diverse range of clients across multilateral trading facilities, broker crossing networks, investment banks, brokers, dealers, proprietary trading firms and investment managers in connection with multiple investment and product classes (including equities, fixed income, funds, commodities, derivatives, and commercial and wholesale FX). Extensive non-law industry experience enables him to provide legal expertise which is complemented by significant industry insight and an understanding of the practical and commercial realities of running a business involved in financial markets. Experience: advised investment banks and brokers in relation to providing direct electronic access to execution venues (DMA and sponsored access) and providing white-labelled services to third-party brokerages; assisted numerous clients setting up European execution venues and trading platforms (MTFs, crossing networks and other OTC platforms); assisted numerous international brokerages and proprietary trading firms to set up European operations or restructure existing operations; advising numerous regulated firms in connection with alleged FCA or exchange rule breaches.

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

'In addition to providing excellent and up-to-date regulatory advice', Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'sets itself apart from others by providing a personalised and hands-on approach'. Able to draw on the expertise of the firm’s private client practice, the team has a particular focus on regulatory issues impacting the private banking and wealth management sector. Praised for her 'sound and pragmatic advice', Kate Troup is particularly accomplished at work in this area and regularly provides regulatory structuring advice to banks to ensure that lending facilities are consistent with the regulations affecting consumer credit and mortgages. Jonathan Bayliss is also well-versed at regulatory issues within the private banking and wealth management sector; he regularly assists on the structuring and establishment of  investment funds including his recent work for ShadowFall Capital & Research on the formation of a Cayman domiciled hedge fund and on all related UK regulatory aspects. William Garner has a focus on UK and EU regulations affecting the wholesale trading and markets sector; he recently assisted NFEx Markets on the establishment of the platform and on the authorisation process to become a multilateral trading venue. Other clients include London Stock Exchange, St James's Place and McInroy and Wood.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

With blockchain and payments having been its core pillars for some time, the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is also highly active in regtech and ICOs. Financial services regulatory expert William Garner, who is strong in blockchain, ICOs, payments and broker-related work, heads the department jointly with technology infrastructure and outsourcing expert Mark Bailey. Garner continued to assist SETL Development with regulatory matters, and Bailey advised insurance platform Cheshire Datasystems on various GDPR issues and on its move to cloud-based solutions. On the corporate side, Duco Technology instructed William Nash on an $28m investment by Insight Venture Partners, NEX Opportunities and Eight Roads Ventures, and Tim Ball advised Nxtera on its £13m sale to an undisclosed buyer. One Ragtime Platform, Conferma, R5FX and, more recently, Kuende are all clients of the practice. Senior associate Richard Ellis joined in September 2017 from Gowling WLG; he is a financial services regulatory specialist with particular knowledge of crowdfunding.

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