New - 1-4 PQE Financial Services Regulatory Associate, Major Global Firm, London
Our global FSR practice helps our clients solve their most complex and sensitive national and international regulatory challenges (both proactive and reactive), both non-contentious and contentious.
We have specialists across our network of offices in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
Our expertise covers the full spectrum of regulation, including authorisations and approvals; regulatory change; the regulatory aspects of transactions or restructurings; governance; risk management and compliance; market conduct; complaints handling; financial crime; and enforcement and investigations.
Our lawyers have a broader range of experience than many legal advisers: outstanding technical and professional skills are a prerequisite for our work, but they are not enough on their own. An in-depth understanding of regulatory policy and process and how it impacts on our clients is crucial.
Our regulatory team includes Partners who have previously gained several years' experience working in senior in-house legal roles within the regulator or within financial institutions. We have also invested heavily in ensuring that our associates spend time on secondment with clients and with regulators
The non-contentious part of the FSR practice (within our Corporate Division) specialises in advisory and transactions/commercial projects work. The team advises banks (traditional and challenger), investment firms (including broker-dealers and trading venues), asset managers, market infrastructure providers and other financial institutions on financial services law and regulation, including all major UK/EU regulatory regimes, including CRR/CRD, MiFID II, SMCR, MAR, EMIR, PSD2 and AIFMD.
The team regularly advises clients on their most strategic and challenging projects, including:
structuring and authorisation of new businesses
post-Brexit strategy and restructuring
corporate governance and senior management responsibility
regulatory change and commercial projects (including outsourcing)
new business and product structuring
client documentation and other financial sector contracts
BAU regulatory and compliance matters
high-value and complex financial sector M&A and other transactions
We are presently recruiting for an associate in the non-contentious FSR practice (which sits within our wider Corporate Division).
The role involves both advisory and transactional/commercial projects regulatory work; both UK domestic and international.
Clients could be across many part of the FS industry, both wholesale and retail. Including banks, payment services/e-money firms, interdealer brokers, asset managers, private equity firms, insurers, insurance intermediaries and energy sector clients.
Non-contentious associates also have the rare and highly valuable opportunity of becoming involved in contentious work, to broaden their experience, if of interest.
Skills, Experience and Qualifications
We would expect the successful candidate to have approximately 1-4 years' experience in financial services regulatory work, with experience dealing with large, complex and multi-jurisdictional matters. We would consider those with less or more experience, providing they meet the required competencies.
Experience could be in any of the mini-sectors mentioned under Key Responsibilities above; although we expect that the successful candidate is most likely to have a broad spread experience across several of these sectors.
Academic excellence is essential for all positions. We would always expect at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent). All applications should include full academic details including grades & subjects where appropriate.