Miguel Vaz, former EMEA Managing Counsel, Supervisory and Regulatory Investigations at Bank of New York Mellon in London, has joined European law firm Fieldfisher as a Competition & Investigations Partner in the firm's Regulatory Group.
Mr Vaz, who specialises in international competition law, large-scale corporate and financial investigations and regulatory supervision, strengthens Fieldfisher's Regulatory team by bringing specific financial services sector competition and regulatory experience to the firm.
"Miguel joins us at a critical juncture for the Regulatory team and for the firm," said John Cassels, Co-Head of Fieldfisher's Regulatory Group. "Miguel not only strengthens our competition and financial services offering in the Regulatory team, but also brings great deal of experience to Fieldfisher's investigations practice areas.
"Fieldfisher is experiencing rapid growth in investigations work across the firm and Miguel's capabilities in competition, financial crime and anti-money laundering adds greatly to our existing expertise in these areas."
Mr Vaz has represented financial institutions and large corporations in landmark competition investigations across the globe, including the airfreight, auto-parts, LIBOR, foreign exchange rates, credit default swaps and loan syndication investigations. He also worked for international investment banks on several high-profile multijurisdictional financial investigations and regulatory/supervisory remediations.
Mr Cassels continued, "In addition to the work Miguel will undertake in investigations, he is also looking to expand our M&A reach and build our capabilities in Merger Arbitrage. Miguel will be leading Fieldfisher’s merger arbitrage desk, where he will leverage on his vast experience working closely with leading global hedge funds, private equity and other investment firms on merger arbitrage opportunities across the globe."
Mr Vaz regularly advises multinationals, corporates and financial institutions on merger filings and other competition aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and restructurings. He has been involved in complex multijurisdictional merger control cases including EDF/Cheung Kong, UPS/TNT, Deutsche Börse/NYSE and LSE/Refinitiv.
Before joining Fieldfisher, Mr Vaz worked in key competition law roles at two leading financial institutions in London. Prior to BNY Mellon, Mr Vaz was Standard Chartered Bank’s sole Global Senior Counsel for Competition & Antitrust and a member of the Government Investigations team based in London. Before moving in-house, Mr Vaz worked at two international law firms, Bingham McCutchen and Baker & McKenzie, where he was an Associate in the EU, Competition and Trade team in London. Before moving to London in 2011, he was a competition legal counsel at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and Transports in Brussels, Belgium.
Speaking of his move to Fieldfisher, Mr Vaz said, "Fieldfisher's Regulatory team is highly respected in a number of industry sectors and my role is to extend its sterling work into financial services and other corporate clients in the fields of competition law and government, regulatory and supervisory investigations. I will also be focusing on strategic global regulatory themes including governance/senior manager accountability issues, sustainability and green finance, governance and culture and regulatory change trends impacting business models, products and processes.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to join a fast growing and highly regarded team within one of the most dynamic law firms in Europe."
Miguel Vaz is qualified in England & Wales (Solicitor), Portugal and Brazil.
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