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Slaughter and May

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Financial Regulation


Partner; Nick is a partner in our Financial Regulation Group and a member of our Financial Institutions Group. He has a broad financial institutions practice, with extensive experience advising insurers, banks and asset managers on a range of stand-alone advisory and transactional projects. Nick also supports financial services clients on supervisory and contentious regulatory matters concerning UK and overseas regulators.

He is regularly called upon to advise on complex prudential regulatory matters, and has a keen interest in and understanding of the EU / UK regulatory regimes for solvency/own funds and governance, and also on transactions designed to create capital efficiency or otherwise be accretive to solvency / capital ratios.

Nick frequently advises on financial institution reorganisations and portfolio acquisitions/disposals, including by way of the UK Part VII process. As part of this work, he advised one of the largest UK retail banks throughout its preparation for and implementation of measures to comply with the UK retail banking ring-fencing regime.

Nick is a member of Slaughter and May’s Brexit Committee and sits on the Financial Markets Law Committee’s scoping group for insurance. He is the co-author of the UK chapter of The Banking Regulation Review and the author of the EU chapter of The Asset Management Review (both published by Law Business Research).


Joined Slaughter and May 2007. Partner since 2016. Nick is a co-author of the United Kingdom chapter of the Banking Regulation Review.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Slaughter and May is highly regarded for its expert handling of large-scale transactions in the insurance sector, including public and private M&A, debt and equity capital markets work as well as cross-border reinsurance transactions. Part VII transfers, pension deriskings, restructurings and complex disputes are further key areas of focus for the department. In the past year, the practice has seen increasing instructions in relation to consolidation deals in the non-life retail broking sphere. Jonathan Marks oversees the team, recommended for dealing with corporate, governance and risk transfer issues. Craig Cleaver focuses on M&A in the insurance-space, while Nick Bonsall handles insurance advisory and derisking matters. Robert Chaplin works across the life and non-life sectors for insurance groups, financial sponsors, Lloyd’s businesses and government/supra-national organisations.

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

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The team at Slaughter and May is highly regarded for its ‘rare combination of technical excellence, market knowledge, strong negotiating capabilities and great people skills’. The practice is especially accomplished in the UK banking and payment services sectors, acting across a sizeable breadth of matters such as regulatory capital, prudential governance and policy developments. Jan Putnis serves as practice head, leveraging a far-reaching roster of expertise in matters such as structural reform work, corporate and commercial transactions, resolution planning and regulatory reform; he is supported at partner-level by Nick Bonsall, an optimal capital structure, risk transfer arrangement and governance arrangement expert. Kristina Locmele disperses considerable knowledge of e-money, consumer credit and payment services affairs, while fellow senior counsel Tim Fosh has expertise in bank capital structuring issues, cryptoassets, AI and derivatives regulation.