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My experience is in contentious financial services work, including disputes, regulatory enforcement, disciplinary action and internal investigations. I have a particular focus on money laundering and market abuse.

Regulatory work covers clients including broker/dealers, banks, corporate finance providers, financial advisers, individuals and a regulated investment exchange on matters including: Conduct of Business, Market Abuse/disclosure of price sensitive information; systems and controls breaches; judicial review of disciplinary action; personal account dealing and conflicts of interest.

I defend clients under investigation by the FCA, LME and SFO. Coming from a litigation background enables me to consider the wider picture and consequences of any regulatory breach and to deploy evidence gathering skills when investigating regulatory breaches.

Litigation work has included the restructuring of a UAE Sukuk, numerous cases on calculating ISDA early termination amounts, and the leading case on the meaning of the FCA's Client Money rules (which reached the Supreme Court). I frequently act for Trustees in securitisations.

I qualified as a solicitor in 1987.

Chambers and Partners lists me as a Leading Individual in its Guide for Banking Litigation.

What others say…

Duncan Black is adept at handling litigation concerning international financial institutions, including entities in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. He also has notable expertise in contentious regulatory matters. He is noted as an "excellent adviser who is very thorough, knowledgeable and with a very practical outlook on potential threats."

Chambers & Partners 2020

Very experienced and reliable

Legal 500 2020

Duncan Black has deep knowledge and does not shy away from giving clear advice

Legal 500 2020

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