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

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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

The transatlantic practice at Katten advises exchanges, clearinghouses, liquidity providers, investment funds and asset managers on regulatory matters. The team is co-led by Lance Zinman,  the firm’s global chair of financial markets and funds; Carolyn Jackson, who assists clients in cross-border issues involving UK, EU and US regulation; Nathaniel Lalone, who is known for regulatory and compliance advice to market infrastructure clients; and Neil Robson, who advises on a range of issues for clients such as hedge fund managers, investment advisers, broker-dealers and proprietary traders.

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

The derivatives practice at Katten represents a wide range of clients including dealers, end users, proprietary traders, brokers, advisors, exchanges and clearing organisations on a diverse array of financial instruments, among them futures, structured products, and cleared and OTC swaps. This work covers many different asset classes – interest rates, credit, commodities, securities and foreign exchange – on which the firm provides both transactional and regulatory advice. In London, it benefits from having both English and US law expertise, enabling it to advise clients doing business on both sides of the Atlantic. Carolyn Jackson, Nathaniel Lalone and Neil Robson lead the financial markets and funds practice in London. David Brennand, who handles the structuring and operation of investment funds and other collective investment structures, is also recommended.