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I advise a broad range of banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, asset managers and corporates on EU and UK financial regulation matters, including:

  • authorisation and perimeter issues;
  • Brexit issues;
  • MiFID II and MiFIR;
  • EMIR;
  • CSDR;
  • SFTR;
  • Benchmarks Regulation; and
  • MAR.

I am a specialist in financial markets regulation, with a particular emphasis on securities and derivatives trading and financial markets infrastructure. I have a particular interest in the regulation of commodities trading and I advise a number of Category 1 members of the London Metal Exchange. My experience includes advising on: MiIFD II conduct of business requirements; client money and client assets; the Senior Managers & Certification Regime; the systematic internaliser regime; direct and indirect clearing; trade transparency and transaction reporting; direct electronic access and algorithmic trading; regulatory margin arrangements; credit risk mitigation techniques; commodity position limits; benchmarks regulation and IBOR discontinuance. More recently I have been advising large financial institutions on their first forays into crypto-based products, such as crypto-backed exchange-traded notes and the tokenisation of physical metals trading.

I also have substantial experience advising predominantly sell-side clients on derivatives and structured finance transactions. In particular, I have advised on: finance-linked derivatives and deal contingent transactions (in connection with acquisition financings, project financings, and securitisations); OTC and exchange-traded documentation; clearing documentation; structured repurchase, credit derivatives and total return swap transactions; stock lending; collateral management; and prime brokerage arrangements. 

Prior to starting my legal career, I was briefly an interest rate derivatives trader at a large US investment bank. Combined with my transactional experience, this gives me a depth of product-level knowledge and experience that allows me to provide more practical and focused regulatory advice.

What others say…

Steve Burrows is a rising star in the financial services and regulatory space. He is extremely perceptive and intelligent and has a unique ability to look at issues from different points of view. He leaves no stone unturned when providing advice.

2020

Legal 500

always delivers his advice in a clear, succinct and comprehensive manner

2020

Legal 500

Senior associate Steven Burrows is developing a specialism in derivatives regulation.

2022

Legal 500

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