Robert Daniell > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Derivatives and Trading


Rob specialises in derivatives, securities finance and prime brokerage. He has considerable experience of trading, custody, brokerage and clearing agreements for derivative products, repos/stock lending and physical commodities.

Rob advises brokers and buy-side clients across a wide range of asset classes, and on the associated regulations and issues of market practice.

Rob advises investment and hedge funds, banks, pension funds and insurers, high-net-worth individuals and corporates on a broad range of documents and transactions. These include equity and credit derivatives, OTC derivative clearing and exchange-traded derivatives, prime brokerage, repo and securities lending, custody, margin financing, FX and commodities.

Prior to joining Macfarlanes, Rob worked for investment banks in London for 17 years, most recently for UBS, where he was a Managing Director and Head of the European Equity Derivatives and Prime Brokerage legal teams. Prior to UBS, Rob worked for Nomura International and Lehman Brothers; and for the New Zealand Securities Commission prior to arriving in the UK.

Rob has been involved in contributions on numerous regulatory initiatives, including OTC derivatives clearing, short-selling, safe custody, client money and shadow banking. Rob has been the lead drafter of a number of industry-standard OTC derivatives template documents that are now widely used by market participants.


Qualified in New Zealand in 1993 and E&W in 2016

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

Macfarlanes LLP has ‘a fantastic team that is very responsive and consistently high-quality, with real first-hand knowledge of both buy-side and sell-side matters‘. Clients describe the practised as ‘commercial, practical, prompt, and sensibly-priced‘. The firm, which climbs the ranking this year, has a market-leading buy-side practice, spanning prime brokerage, derivatives, repos, clearing and debt trading, for the largest and most sophisticated funds. It has notable expertise in innovative and highly complex transactions, frequently involving fund-based structures. Practice head Will Sykes is ‘very smart and analytical and also sensible and pragmatic‘. Chris Acton advises hedge funds, managed account platforms and proprietary trading houses, on prime brokerage, derivatives and derivative regulation in Europe; clients remark that he is ‘particularly good at the commercial points that really matter‘. ‘His advice is to-the-point, focused and practical‘, say clients of senior counsel Rob Daniell.