Mr Neil Robson > Katten > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Financial Markets and Funds


Neil Robson decodes complex UK and EU regulations to provide practical regulatory and compliance advice to financial services firms. He represents a range of financial market participants — hedge and private equity fund managers, investment advisors, broker-dealers and proprietary traders — that are based or doing business in the UK or the EU. Neil’s extensive working knowledge of this complicated sector allows his clients to both meet their business objectives and satisfy regulatory requirements.

Neil’s ultimate goal for each one of his clients is for them to confidently run their firms and thrive within the complex regulatory environment in which they operate. That means ensuring everything they do — from day-to-day business functions and cross-border interactions to launching products and new funds — stands up to the closest regulatory scrutiny.

A significant part of Neil’s work involves helping his clients stay nimble in the face of changing laws and regulations or uncertain circumstances. He assisted an international multibillion AUM fund management group, for example, with a restructuring to ensure uninterrupted operations in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. This included forming new entities across Europe and restructuring client relationships across the EU, the UK and United States and working through complicated regulatory, personnel and tax issues. Whatever the scope of an engagement, Neil provides responsive and agile advice aimed at satisfying his client’s commercial objectives.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Katten leverages its transatlantic presence when catering to an array of investment funds, asset managers, exchanges, clearing houses, broker-dealers and proprietary trading businesses. Carolyn Jackson is an expert in the Dodd-Frank Act and European Market Infrastructure Regulation, while Nathaniel Lalone is a go-to for both buy and sell-side clients active in the derivatives, futures and securities fields. The pair are both dual-qualified in England and New York and front the practice alongside Neil Robson, a key port of call for cross-border work, new funds, day-to-day business and product launch matters.

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

Katten has extensive experience in both exchange-traded and OTC derivatives, acting for both sell-side and buy-side clients. It is a key adviser on regulatory matters, both in Europe and the US, particularly where regulatory regimes overlap. It has in-depth knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR), Market Abuse Regulation and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Carolyn Jackson, who is a former manager of the New York trading desk of several investment banks and the former executive director of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., Nathaniel Lalone and Neil Robson are the key financial markets regulatory partners in London.