Financial services regulation and compliance
For those working in the financial services, the regulatory environment is complex and evolving, with firms having to devote more resource to governance, risk and compliance issues. A steady stream of legislation is creating a changing landscape (EMIR, AIFMD and PSDII being obvious examples) with product design, distribution and competition issues all under increased regulatory scrutiny. At the same time, financial crime and conduct risk issues are generating a raft of enforcement actions and heavy fines from regulators around the world, often working together to tackle issues across global markets.
An expert team
Our multi-disciplinary global team includes leading lawyers, former regulators and specialist compliance experts. Our team works across wholesale and retail markets to provide expert advice on a range of regulatory and compliance issues.
A big team and a very polished team".
Chambers and Partners 2014
We advise asset managers, investment banks, and brokers/agents tackling issues such as fund formation and distribution, financial crime and cross border regulatory investigations. In the retail space we advise banks, retail finance houses, life offices and merchant services providers. We have had large teams working on regulatory and enforcement issues such as PPI, interest rate swaps mis-selling and client assets. We have a market leading consumer credit and payment services team which is at the cutting edge of the technological, commercial and regulatory developments affecting the sector.
Section 166 reviews
We are one of a small number of law firms appointed to the FCA’s skilled persons’ panel to undertake s166 reviews for firms in relation to governance, controls and risk, conduct of business and financial crime issues. We have been involved in investigations, enforcement actions and s166 reviews relating to issues such as PPI, LIBOR, client assets, money laundering controls and investment mis-selling.
Support and advisory
- Head of Financial Services Compliance
- +44 122 344 3647
- E-mail David Saunders
- The Fair and Effective Markets Review: the impact beyond fixed income, currency and commodity markets
- EMIR update: ESMA opinion on the impact of EMIR on UCITS
- The Saudi Qualified Foreign Investors Regime: opportunities for European and US asset managers, depositaries and custodians
- EU Advocate General gives landmark opinion in relation to the VAT treatment of property services to Real Estate Funds (C-595/13)
- AIFMD update: ESMA’s updated AIFMD Q&As