Chris is a partner specialising in our London financial services regulatory team. He joined the firm in February 2012, with 17 years' experience specialising in securities, derivatives and financial services regulatory advice. Chris is a recognised expert in futures and options and commodity trading. He advises wholesale and retail banks, investment banks, derivatives traders and brokers, specialist commodity traders and brokers, oil majors and utilities, custodians, insurance brokers, exchange-traded funds, funds and fund managers, payment services providers, investment exchanges and trading platform providers, settlement systems, clearing houses and trade associations.
He advises trading businesses of all kinds on strategic and structural planning to address forthcoming EU and UK regulation and, in particular, on their operations and booking structures with particular regard to capital efficiency.
Early in his career he spent a year on secondment at the Financial Services Authority, primarily advising the markets and exchanges division, on the supervision of exchanges and clearing-houses. While there he was involved in the regulatory response to the default of a clearing member on a UK recognised investment exchange.
His practice combines commercial transactional work, often leading on complex structured products, with regulatory projects and advisory work. Chris has substantial experience in all aspects of cross-border and domestic securities, derivatives and commodity derivatives trading (OTC and ETD).
He is routinely rated as a leading individual in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and has been described in Chambers and Partners as "a highly intelligent practitioner who expertly handles complex transactions".