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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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10 September 2020
Priv­ilege: What you need to know
Priv­ilege - what you need to know - CMS guide. You can find out more and down­load the guide here.
02 October 2020
We­bin­ar: Fo­cus­ing on fair­ness - Di­git­al­isa­tion of firms - fair value in...
The FCA has seen great­er di­git­al­isa­tion of the firms it reg­u­lates and ex­pects the so­cial changes driv­en by coronavir­us to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of di­git­al mar­kets.  In this we­bin­ar we will look at how di­git­al in­nov­a­tion can drive pos­it­ive cus­tom­er ou
20 July 2020
FCA Dear CEO Let­ter and Re­lease of Fi­nal­ised Guid­ance on Coronavir­us and...
The FCA has fi­nal­ised ad­di­tion­al guid­ance and pub­lished a Dear CEO let­ter for pay­ments in­sti­tu­tions and e-money in­sti­tu­tions, to strengthen the way in which they look after cus­tom­ers’ money. Sam Robin­son, James Dick­ie, Yas­min Jo­hal and Dil-Veer Kang, writ
16 October 2020
We­bin­ar: Fo­cus­ing on fair­ness - Cul­ture and gov­ernance to de­liv­er fair...
The FCA wants firms to foster healthy cul­tures where con­duct and fair out­comes are at the fore­front of their busi­nesses.  In this we­bin­ar we will look how cul­ture and gov­ernance can sup­port pos­it­ive cus­tom­er out­comes, fo­cus­sing on product dis­tri­bu­tion, di
1 June 2020
Coronavir­us and safe­guard­ing cus­tom­er­s' funds: pro­posed guid­ance for pay­ment...
The FCA has launched a con­sulta­tion on ad­di­tion­al guid­ance for pay­ments in­sti­tu­tions and e-money in­sti­tu­tions, to strengthen the way in which they look after cus­tom­ers’ money. Sam Robin­son, James Dick­ie and Yas­min Jo­hal, writ­ing in Thom­son Re­u­ters, ex­plor
20 May 2020
FCA ac­cel­er­ates di­git­al sand­box pi­lot to sup­port firms amidst the COV­ID-19...
The FCA has set out its pro­pos­al to ac­cel­er­ate the di­git­al sand­box pi­lot to sup­port in­nov­at­ive firms amidst the Cov­id-19 Pan­dem­ic. In an art­icle ori­gin­ally pub­lished in the Thom­son Re­u­ters, Sam Robin­son, Susann Altkem­per and Yas­min Jo­hal ex­plain the di­git
7 May 2020
CMS ap­points new Fin­an­cial Ser­vices part­ner
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Owen Ross as a part­ner in the Fin­an­cial Ser­vices team, based in Lon­don. Owen joins CMS from Skad­den, Arps, Slate, Mea­gh­er and Flom LLP, where he was a mem­ber of the glob­al fin­an­cial inst
05 May 2020
Cov­id-19 Li­quid­ity, Debt and Em­ploy­ment Meas­ures
Coronavir­us (Cov­id-19) Li­quid­ity, debt and em­ploy­ment meas­ures in­form­a­tion from CMS. Find out more now.
11 March 2020
Sus­tain­able Fin­ance or Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment – a guide for as­set man­agers
Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment has, in a few short years, moved from be­ing an out­lier in the as­set man­age­ment world to an is­sue of glob­al im­port­ance which is front and centre of polit­ic­al, leg­al and mar­ket pri­or­it­ies. This doc­u­ment is in­ten­ded to give an over­view
17 February 2020
The reg­u­lat­ory FinTech sand­box - a glob­al re­view
The reg­u­lat­ory FinTech sand­box - a glob­al re­view by Sam Robin­son, Susann Altkem­per and Yas­min Jo­hal from CMS. Find out more.
2 December 2019
Cent­ral Se­cur­it­ies De­pos­it­or­ies Reg­u­la­tion - 10 things you need to know
CMS - Cent­ral Se­cur­it­ies De­pos­it­or­ies Reg­u­la­tion - 10 things you need to know. Find out more.
3 October 2019
CMS fur­ther bol­sters reg­u­lat­ory prac­tice with new part­ner hire
CMS con­tin­ues to strengthen and grow its Fin­an­cial Ser­vices Reg­u­lat­ory team with the hire of An­gela Greenough. An­gela joins the firm from Hogan Lov­ells, where she was of coun­sel.