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Financial Services & Regulation lawyers

The daily challenges you face in doing business in a highly regulated, cost-pressured environment mean you need advisers who have an unparalleled understanding of the regulators’ expectations and are commercial, practical and industry savvy.

With leading practices in the UK’s two biggest financial services centres, London and Edinburgh, our team combines wholesale and retail, contentious and non-contentious expertise across banking, insurance, asset management and financial intermediation. You can be assured we understand the regulatory context in which you operate and recognise the importance of finding commercial solutions.

Our specialist regulatory lawyers advise retail and wholesale financial services firms on managing regulatory risk and resolving and avoiding regulatory action and disputes.

Having represented firms in over 400 regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, our team combines knowledge of regulated businesses with a clear understanding of what the regulators require.

We use that experience to help clients manage and grow their businesses through the development of new products, services and distribution channels.

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Matthew Davies
Matthew Davies
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
Matthew is a Partner in our Corporate group, based in the Corporate team in Manchester. Matthew specialises in UK and multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, corporate re-organisations and...
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Aidan Campbell
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Aidan Campbell is a partner in the Financial Services and Products Group and specialises in investment funds. He has over 16 years of experience of working with fund providers and distributors to...
Elisabeth Bremner
Elisabeth Bremner
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Elisabeth is a Partner in the Financial Services Regulatory team at CMS. Her practice focuses on contentious matters dealing with all aspects of the investigation and enforcement process. She has...
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Karagh Gilliatt
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Karagh Gilliatt is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Team and has over 10 years' experience in financial services law. Karagh specialises in regulated funds, asset and tr...
Laura Houet
Laura Houët
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Laura Houët is a partner in CMS’ Financial Services and Products team in London with over 10 years’ experience advising the asset management industry. Laura is a regulated funds specialist with part...
Steven Cochrane
Steven Cochrane
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Steven is strategic employment law advisor, working closely with clients across a number of sectors including financial services, life sciences, technology and manufacturing. Steven has developed a...
Sam Robinson
Sam Robinson
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Sam is a partner in the Financial Services Regulatory practice. Sam advises clients include banks, asset management firms, broker dealers, payment institutions and corporate finance houses on a broad...
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Dipesh Santilale
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Dipesh Santilale is a Corporate partner advising private equity sponsors, investors, international businesses and management teams on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, disposals, strategic ...
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Alison Mchaffie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Alison McHaffie is a partner in the Financial Services and Products Team specialising in all types of contentious regulatory matters. She qualified at CMS in 1995 and has over 20 years of experience...
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Bill McCaffrey
Part­ner
Head of Consumer Credit
United Kingdom, London
Bill McCaffrey is a partner in the Financial Services and Products team and Head of its Consumer Credit practice. Consistently top ranked in the Chambers UK legal directory, he is singled out for his...