Jonathan Melrose > Simmons & Simmons > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Simmons & Simmons
CITYPOINT
ONE ROPEMAKER STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 9SS
England

Position

Jonathan is a member of the financial services group that is part of the firm’s financial markets department. He specialises in UK and European regulation of the financial services and markets sector, including market infrastructure; asset management and the trading, clearing and settlement of securities, commodities and derivatives, including market conduct issues; and the operation and structure of financial services businesses.

Career

Trained Simmons & Simmons; qualified 1985; partner 1991; sits on the Commodities Committee of The Futures and Options Association; has recently spoken at seminars on: Developments in the Investment Services Directive, Outsourcing in the Financial Services Sector and Senior Management Arrangements under the FSA Regime; contributed a chapter on Consumer Relations: Complaints and Compensation in the recent edition of A Practitioners’ Guide to the FSA Handbook (City and Financial).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

(Leading individuals)

Jonathan MelroseSimmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ broad expertise includes advice on Brexit, the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMRC) and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, for a range of clients including asset management companies, investment banks, brokerage houses, general insurance and life assurance companies. The non-contentious regulatory team is led by Charlotte Stalin, who focuses on UK and European financial services regulation; and SMRC specialist Penny Miller. Their team includes regulatory expert Jonathan Melrose, who is experienced in the structure and operation of financial services businesses and market conduct issues. The contentious practice is best known for its experience in contentious regulatory investigations, including potential misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability, as well as advising on internal investigations and rule-based breaches. Richard Sims leads on this side and specialises in large scale matters, conduct risk and internal investigations. He can call on the expertise of Emma Sutcliffe, who is notable in financial regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and whistleblowing.

London > Finance > Derivatives (including commodities)

(Leading individuals)

Jonathan MelroseSimmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has a large team of experts and senior partners advising across the full range of commodities and derivatives transactions, and it continues to expand its range of expertise. The firm stands out for having great depth of expertise on both the buy-side and the sell-side of the derivatives market. It is a key adviser to the hedge fund and institutional asset manager community, as well as acting for numerous international investment banks across the full range of asset classes including credit, equity, commodity, rates and FX, and funding wrappers including OTC, cleared and exchange-traded derivatives. Head of derivatives Allan Yip acts primarily for buy-side firms and advises asset managers on all aspects of their trading relationships with market counterparties. Sean Bulmer handles securitised and OTC derivatives transactions as well as SPV structured finance transactions. Matthew Hebburn joined from Allen & Overy LLP to spearhead the firm’s sell-side OTC derivatives practice. Regulatory expert Rosali Pretorius has more than 20 years’ experience in advising on broker-dealer, asset management and bank regulation as well as derivatives and funds. Associate Oliver West is a rising star. On the commodity derivatives side, Jonathan Melrose leads the practice and specialises in UK and European regulation. Counsel Joanna Williams is also recommended, while managing associate Marcin Perzanowski joined from Mayer Brown International LLP.

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

Simmons & Simmons’ broad expertise includes advice on Brexit, the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMRC) and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, for a range of clients including asset management companies, investment banks, brokerage houses, general insurance and life assurance companies. The non-contentious regulatory team is led by Charlotte Stalin, who focuses on UK and European financial services regulation; and SMRC specialist Penny Miller. Their team includes regulatory expert Jonathan Melrose, who is experienced in the structure and operation of financial services businesses and market conduct issues. The contentious practice is best known for its experience in contentious regulatory investigations, including potential misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability, as well as advising on internal investigations and rule-based breaches. Richard Sims leads on this side and specialises in large scale matters, conduct risk and internal investigations. He can call on the expertise of Emma Sutcliffe, who is notable in financial regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and whistleblowing.

London > Finance > Commodities: derivatives

(Hall of Fame)

Jonathan MelroseSimmons & Simmons