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DLA Piper
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London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

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DLA Piper‘s team stands out for its position on the FCA Skilled Person panel, enabling it to advise the regulators, as well as representing financial institutions. In addition to more traditional financial regulatory disputes, the group also has an active practice involving fintech and regtech, leveraging the wider firm’s specialisms in cybersecurity and data protection cases. The team is jointly managed by Tony Katz, global co-chair of the financial services practice group and specialist in financial crime and enforcement matters; and Sam Millar, who has a particular focus on issues arising from financial products. Patrick Rappo is a key name for white-collar criminal investigations, representing corporates and financial institutions, as well as senior executives. Legal director David Cook joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March 2020, bolstering the firm’s contentious cybersecurity and data protection offering.

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

The financial services regulatory team at DLA Piper is noted for being on the panel of a number of international banks and insurers, able to draw on its global presence to provide multi-jurisdictional regulatory advice. Fintech is a key area for the group, which is particularly adept in payments-related issues. Michael McKee heads the European financial services regulatory practice, while Tony Katz leads the UK financial services and investigations team, and co-chairs the firm’s financial services sector group. Sam Millar is an expert in derivatives and financial products regulation. Legal director Puesan Lam specialises in the regulatory aspects of financial services transactions, while senior associate Chris Whittaker, who formerly worked in the markets enforcement division of the Australian financial regulator, has a growing reputation in the payments and cryptocurrency arenas.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

As ‘a very easy firm to deal with’, DLA Piper has a strong track record in contentious regulatory matters and investigations into alleged bribery and corruption, money laundering and market manipulation, among others. The group is also able to draw on the experience of its civil fraud colleagues. The team is equally comfortable acting for potential suspects and witnesses; it has a particular strength in SFO matters, as reflected in the expertise of Patrick Rappo, a former head of the bribery and corruption divisions at the SFO. Tony Katz and Sam Millar share leadership of the department.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

DLA Piper demonstrates strength in providing proactive risk management advice to large corporate clients and financial institutions. The team is adept at assisting with matters involving misconduct allegations relating to bribery and corruption, fraud, and money laundering. The group’s recent workload also testifies to its ability to handle complex compliance issues and conduct internal investigations; Patrick Rappo is a go-to adviser in this space. The department is jointly led by Tony Katz, the firm’s money laundering reporting officer, and Sam Millar, who also leads the European white-collar group.