Azad Ali, Partner, Financial Services Regulation
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I am a Financial Services Regulatory partner covering a wide spectrum of sectors including banking, investment banking, market infrastructure, asset management, insurance and regulated businesses generally in the London and European markets, and frequently involving a cross-border dimension.
My main focus is on Financial Regulatory matters from a sell-side perspective. In relation to activity in the wholesale markets, my practice covers derivatives and SFT regulation, MiFID I/II issues, market abuse, short-selling, disclosure issues, securitisation regulation, credit rating agencies, benchmarks, public offers restrictions and high frequency trading among others, My practice also covers buy-side matters and asset management generally.
I have advised extensively market infrastructure providers such as exchanges, MTFS, clearing houses, settlement providers on all aspects of their businesses, including on EMIR, rulebook drafting, agreements between trading venues/CCPs/settlement systems, interoperable/parallel clearing, regulatory capital issues, client clearing/indirect clearing, designation under the Settlement Finality Directive and Part VII Companies Act 1989, transition of trading/clearing between trading venues/clearing houses, recognition applications for exchanges and clearing houses, recovery and resolution, governance etc. I have also acted on several recent significant M&A transactions in this sector.
For the banking sector, I advise on all aspects of bank capital (Basel II/III/CRDIV), balance sheet and collateral optimisation, bank resolution (BRRD, Banking Act), bank structural reform (ring-fencing, subsidiarisation), governance, remuneration, systems and controls and various conduct of business issues. I am highly regarded in the markets for my expertise on bank capital and bank regulatory matters generally, and have advised on most of the significant bank resolutions that have occurred in recent years.
I participate in various Financial Markets Law Committee initiatives addressing issues of legal uncertainty in financial markets regulation and am frequently quoted in journals on such matters as bank capital, structural reform and bank resolution, clearing, remuneration regulation among other issues.