Our Financial Markets Infrastructure Group brings together specialists from across the firm with significant expertise in the sector.


Our knowledge of regulators and our insights into the developing approaches to financial regulation, allow us to deliver strategic and commercially pragmatic outcomes for the clients we represent.

The Group advises a range of financial markets infrastructure providers and market participants, including Financial Conduct Authority-recognised exchanges; investment and clearing banks; wealth managers and brokerages; and participants in these markets, including non-equity markets, such as commodity derivatives trading participants.

Our experience includes:

  • Managing regulatory change, for example, with the implementation of European Market Infrastructure Regulation, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, and Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, and the market abuse regulation
  • Corporate advice, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities law, joint ventures and restructurings
  • Settling trading platform rules and advising on trading rules for a wide range of products
  • Capital instruments including issuing additional tier 1 and tier 2 instruments and regulatory capital matters generally
  • Liquidity standards and liquidity waivers including both intra-firm and whole group liquidity modification
  • Treasury matters including International Swaps and Derivatives Association agreements (ISDAs) for banks, bespoke building society ISDAs, collateral pooling agreements and borrowing from central banks
  • Custody and dealing arrangements and advising on clearing and settlement
  • Trade support with a wide range of trading agreements
  • Payments architecture, infrastructure and regulation
  • Outsourcing services providing specialist knowledge and expertise
  • Intellectual property and licensing (including data monetisation)
  • Employment law and remuneration advice reflecting the regulatory environment
  • Antitrust and competition issues in payments and wholesale banking services
  • Advising on new product development

We also have significant experience of advising clients in relation to regulatory investigations, litigation and enforcement, with hands-on experience of implementing regulatory frameworks and of integrating complex legal and regulatory requirements into business processes.

To speak to one of our specialists, please get in touch. You can also download our Group brochure.

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Meet the team
Brian McDonnell

Brian McDonnell

Partner, Financial Regulation
London

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