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St. Andrews University (MA, Mediaeval History) 1986

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Gleeson - Clifford Chance LLP

Within: Financial services

Clifford Chance LLP benefits from an 'unparalleled depth and breadth of regulatory experts, particularly in traditional banking products, payments and custody businesses'. The team's ability to leverage its wider finance practice in London, as well as its pan-European network of offices is 'a game changer in the context of Brexit contingency planning'. The firm is heavily engaged with numerous industry associations including The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) which it partnered with to provide an extensive report assessing the legal and regulatory impact of the exit of the UK from the EU on the EU’s wholesale capital markets. Monica Sah and Chris Bates have been at the heart of much of the Brexit-related advice to the AFME, while the 'excellent' Simon Crown has provided high-level advice on the implications of Brexit to the asset management sector. Alongside Bates, Simon Gleeson is 'recognised as one of the most trusted advisers across the Square Mile and is therefore pivotal to the highest level advice provided by the firm including on Brexit contingency planning and policy level advice relating to resolution planning' . The 'outstanding' Jeremy Walter heads up the firm's relationship with the Futures Industry Association (FIA) and has been busy advising it on coordinating and drafting updated legal opinions in respect of the netting and collateral provisions contained in FIA’s industry standard documentation (both older versions and the latest 2018 terms of business) on the basis of templates prepared and provided to counsel. Caroline Meinertz 'is a rising star' and also provided vital input on much of the firm's Brexit-related work as well as on other big-ticket strategic advice impacting the banking sector. The firm’s contentious team has been at the forefront of the most significant domestic and multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations in the industry, in addition to acting on behalf of top-level executives. The 'hugely experienced' Carlos Conceicao has an 'unmatched reputation in the field', regularly defending financial institutions in the highest-profile agency investigations in the market. Praised for his 'well-balanced approach and very sound advice', Dorian Drew has 'extensive experience in negotiating regulatory settlements'. Roger Best is also recommended.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Clifford Chance is at the forefront of the advice to a broad cross-section of clients on the commercial and legal implications of Brexit. A major cornerstone of its offering is its public policy practice, which is co-chaired by Simon Gleeson in London and Brussels-based Thomas Vinje. Phillip Souta is the UK head. It is embedded across the global network - as well as legal practice areas and sector groups - and serves to anticipate and shape public policy by engaging with key policymakers and regulators. It also provides clients with informed advice on up to date policy developments to assist them with formulating and implementing their own Brexit strategies, and provides assistance with media relations, among various other services. Complementing the public policy practice is the firm's trade practice, which advises businesses and trade bodies on inbound and outbound post-Brexit trade issues, such as WTO law, GATTS, anti-subsidy and trade barrier regulations; Jessica Gladstone, consultant Federico Ortino and Paris-based of counsel Michel Petite are key individuals. The firm has a particularly strong international regulatory practice, and is notably active in the financial services sector; a team including Christopher Bates, Simon Crown Gleeson and Owen Lysak has advised ISDA on a wide range of regulatory matters, including assisting it with preparing questions for submission to the ESMA/European Commission on the EU Benchmarks Regulation. Lysak and consultant Mark Campbell are advising the Loan Market Association (LMA) on the potential regulatory consequences of Brexit for the syndicated lending industry, among other matters. Elsewhere, the run-up to the Brexit referendum saw a surge in demand from clients for advice on electoral law advice; the firm has a dedicated electoral law practice, which assists businesses and industry bodies with contentious issues (such as electoral petitions) and provides non-contentious advice on UK electoral law and associated regulation.

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