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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Rachel Kent

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Rachel is Head of Financial Services Regulation at Hogan Lovells, advising banks, insurers, asset managers and clearing houses and exchanges.

She has been recognized as a leading individual in her field by industry commentators and legal directories for nearly two decades. Her vast experience at the heart of the sector allows her to make instinctive judgements in tackling structural and regulatory issues.

Rachel is known for being tenacious in defending her clients' interests, attracting widespread admiration as a formidable negotiator.


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-placed to advise clients on a multitude of commercial agreements, combining broad sector expertise with regulatory knowledge and a sizeable international footprint. Its areas of strength include outsourcings, strategic alliances, marketing and advertising contracts, and IT contracts.  In 2017, global commercial head Peter Watts and senior associate Oliver Wilson assisted AB inBev with the procurement of media buying and planning services. The firm also has a longstanding relationship with the British Paralympic Association; Richard Welfare advised the client on various commercial matters related to the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games, including the negotiation of sponsorship and supplier agreements, and also the preparation of a Team Members Agreement. The firm also undertakes work for clients in sectors such as TMT, automotive, life sciences, and transport and logistics. Rachel Kent, Jonathan Chertkow, Michael Thomas and consultant Dominic Hill specialise in commercial contracts in the financial services industry. The firm also has a particularly strong capability in the energy and infrastructure sector; Adrian Walker, Andrew Briggs, David Moss, Gillian Thomas and Jeremy Brittenden focus on commercial contracts and projects in this area.

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Financial services

Within: Leading individuals

Rachel Kent - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Financial services

Benefiting from 'real strength-in-depth' on the contentious side out of London, and from other key international financial centres including New York, Hong Kong and Paris, Hogan Lovells International LLP provides a 'top-notch' service to large global financial services entities on purely domestic, as well as multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and follow-on private litigation. 'Very experienced and sensible' team head Philip Parish has led on many of these multi-jurisdictional matters, including representing a large bank in relation to an investigation by UK and US regulators regarding alleged FX market manipulation. The 'very talented' Louise Lamb 'has excellent litigation instincts', both from a regulatory enforcement perspective and in relation to related civil and criminal litigation. Lamb's broad-ranging expertise includes sanctions work. Elaine Penrose also has strong credibility in the market having handled a wide range of internal and regulator-led investigations, from domestic market abuse and retail mis-selling to global benchmark manipulation cases. The arrival in January 2017 of Claire Lipworth from the FCA (where she served as chief criminal counsel) adds weight to the firm's criminal capability and underscores its acknowledgement and commitment to handling work at the intersection of criminal and civil liability. On the non-contentious front, team head Rachel Kent has an excellent reputation in the market and is picking up plaudits for her work in relation to Brexit-related advice where her work has included chairing the International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) on its Brexit proposals and engagements. Kent is also noted for her work at the vanguard of developments in the fintech sector and continues to work alongside government backed organisation Innovate Finance on the Regulatory Accelerator tool for fintech companies designed to assist them understand and navigate their way through the FCA’s regulatory regime. Michael Thomas  is also recommended and regularly advises financial services entities on ensuring that systems and controls are in place to comply with regulation in the industry. Thomas is also noted for his market infrastructure expertise and continues to advise the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) on the development of its legal and regulatory framework.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit

Within: Brexit

In 2014, Hogan Lovells International LLP established a specialist Constitutional Change taskforce of senior thought leaders from across the firm to assess the legal and policy implications of emerging issues for clients - such as a possible Brexit. The group, which is led by Susan Bright, includes founding members Charles Brastedand Peter Watts. It has been particularly active in advising clients from regulated sectors on Brexit, including financial services, insurance, energy, media and pharmaceuticals. In addition to undertaking a legal and commercial advisory role for clients, the firm has been working with the International Regulatory Strategy Group (a group of senior UK-based leaders from the UK financial services and professional services industry) to produce a series of major reports which propose a model for mutual market access for financial services post-Brexit; Rachel Kent, who chairs the IRSG workstream, drafted the reports with support from other lawyers from the firm and other members of the workstream. Elsewhere, the firm has also played a key role in anticipating policy by engaging with policy makers within the UK government, as well as the US State and Treasury Departments, and the European Commission, among other bodies. Practitioners with significant trade negotiation experience include Brussels-based senior adviser Hugo Paemen (who led the EU negotiations during the entire Uruguay Round) and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC. Aline Doussin recently joined the trade team in London from Squire Patton Boggs. Lourdes Catrain, who co-leads the international trade team, is another key member of the taskforce.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech

Within: Fintech

With impressive capabilities across the full range of fintech matters, including robo-advice, payments, peer-to-peer lending, blockchain and open banking, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has excellent strength in depth and is experienced in both technology and financial regulatory work. Assisted by Jonathan Chertkow, Emily Reid and Richard Diffenthal, John Salmon has been advising Open Banking on its project to create open APIs in the UK's retail banking sector; this involves regular negotiations with the nine large banks funding it, as well as commercial negotiations with payment service providers. Rachel Kent acted for DualityBanx on obtaining FCA authorisation, and advised Brolly UK Technology on various regulatory issues. Salmon and Diffenthal acted for Refineryy on the development and implementation of its blockchain-based platform to facilitate commercial real estate transactions. Chertkow assisted Monzo Bank with launching its lending products as part of its move into offering full current account services. Other fintech clients include Habito and Zopa. On the corporate side, Maegen Morrison, John Connell and Don McGown acted for Paysafe Group on its £3bn takeover offer from a Blackstone- and CVC-led consortium.

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