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Elisabeth Bremner

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

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 more than 20 years’ experience representing clients, both firms and senior managers, in cases involving both UK and overseas regulators, including the FCA, FSA, IMRO, SFO, JFSC, SEC and CFTC. She has significant experience in undertaking independent internal investigations involving insider dealing, market abuse and trader mis-marking in the investment banking and hedge fund sectors. Within the retail industry she has expertise in investigating fraud, sanctions breaches, mis-selling and complaints mishandling.

She has also advised on conduct issues in the SME corporate banking sector. In 2010-2011 she spent a year on secondment to a major bank where she managed the global retail internal investigations team spanning the UK, Western Europe, Africa and India. She has acted as a Skilled Person for the FCA on a significant appointment.

In 2018, Elisabeth was independently nominated an Acritas Star by in-house counsel. Acritas interviewed over 2000 senior in-house counsel around the world and asked them to nominate outstanding lawyers with whom they had worked.

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"Elisabeth has an extraordinary command of her subject area and is highly respected in that area and is therefore an extremely effective advocate."

Acritas respondents

“Elisabeth Bremner has ‘superior knowledge of the regulatory landscape’ and is recommended”.

Legal 500 UK 2017 – Financial Services Contentious Regulatory

“Elisabeth Bremner is a ‘superstar’ in the regulatory matters we consult on with her”.

IFLR 1000 Review 2016 – Financial and Corporate

“The ‘highly technical and responsive’ Elisabeth Bremner has excellent credentials in the market and is regularly involved in large-scale internal and FCA-led investigations”.

Legal 500 UK 2016 – Financial Services Contentious Regulatory

“On the contentious side, the ‘highly skilled and solution-oriented’ Elisabeth Bremner ‘understands the regulatory morass better than most in the market’”.

Legal 500 UK 2015 – Financial Services Contentious Regulatory

Publications

  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Individual Conduct and Accountability in Financial Services Firms Thomson Reuters 2016
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations GIR 2017 and 2018
  • Former editor of Butterworths Financial Regulation Service (DEPP)
  • Compliance Complete, The Insurers Compliance Handbook – Enforcement, Thomson Reuters online current
  • Compliance Complete, The Compliance Handbook – Internal Investigations, Thomson Reuters online
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Education

1996 - Admitted as a Solicitor

1994 - Legal Practice Course: Commendation - College of Law Chester, Chester

1993 - BA (Hons) (Law) 2:1 - Durham University, Durham

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27 April 2021
Re­quire­ment to ap­point a Skilled Per­son
Some­times things don’t go to plan and when that hap­pens, firms may find them­selves hav­ing dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions with the FCA.Our bites­ize break­fast brief­ings are packed with prac­tic­al tips based on...
11 May 2021
Man­aging an FCA in­vest­ig­a­tion – the firm per­spect­ive
Some­times things don’t go to plan and when that hap­pens, firms may find them­selves hav­ing dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions with the FCA.Our bites­ize break­fast brief­ings are packed with prac­tic­al tips based on...
30 March 2021
Self-no­ti­fic­a­tion - when things go wrong
Some­times things don’t go to plan and when that hap­pens, firms may find them­selves hav­ing dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions with the FCA.Our bites­ize break­fast brief­ings are packed with prac­tic­al tips based on...
11 March 2021
Man­aging in­vest­ig­a­tions: plan­ning pres­sures and pit­falls video series
With more in­tern­al re­port­ing of con­cerns with­in busi­nesses thanks to im­proved train­ing and con­trols, and with com­plex reg­u­lat­ory, crim­in­al and HR in­vest­ig­a­tions be­com­ing more com­mon­place, cor­por­ates need...
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...
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...
11 September 2020
FS We­bin­ar: Fo­cus­ing on fair­ness - Fair value products and prices
In this we­bin­ar we will dis­cuss one of the FCA’s key areas pri­or­it­ies for 2020 as it fo­cuses on fair value high qual­ity products and dis­tri­bu­tion net­works and re­turns to con­sider fair­ness as­pects of...
11 August 2020
In­tergen­er­a­tion­al dif­fer­ences and the fu­ture of fin­an­cial ser­vices
The Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (FCA) has pub­lished its Feed­back State­ment on last year's Dis­cus­sion Pa­per (DP/2) on In­tergen­er­a­tion­al Dif­fer­ences. In­tergen­er­a­tion­al fair­ness is an in­creas­ingly press­ing...
29 July 2020
Vul­ner­able Cus­tom­ers and FinTech – life after Cov­id-19
Al­most two years ago as the Treas­ury Com­mit­tee heard evid­ence in the Con­sumers’ Ac­cess to Fin­an­cial Ser­vices en­quiry, some sur­prise was ex­pressed at the pro­jec­ted levels of po­ten­tial vul­ner­ab­il­ity in...
01 July 2020
FS We­bin­ar: Fo­cus­sing on Fair­ness - FCA pri­or­it­ies for the year ahead
‘Fair­ness’ is set to be­come the reg­u­lat­ory buzzword for 2020 as the pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to shed a new light on firms’ busi­ness mod­els. In this, the first of a series of Fin­an­cial Ser­vices We­binars...
12 May 2020
Firm hand­ling of com­plaints dur­ing coronavir­us and vul­ner­able cus­tom­ers
Cor­rect as of 9am, 12th May. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. The FCA has pub­lished guid­ance[1] on the hand­ling of com­plaints dur­ing coronavir­us. The FCA re­minds firms that hand­ling com­plaints re­mains...
28 April 2020
Key con­sid­er­a­tions for con­duct­ing in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions re­motely
With so many busi­nesses in lock-down, many in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions will have to be con­duc­ted re­motely, with in­vest­ig­a­tion teams, em­ploy­ees, ex­tern­al coun­sel and oth­er pro­viders work­ing from home for the...