Ben Kingsley

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  • London 
  • One Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YY
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Ben advises both financial institutions and non-regulated firms on the UK and EU financial regulatory aspects of a broad range of matters and projects including:

  • group reorganisations and corporate restructurings
  • new capital issuances
  • transactional structuring to achieve regulatory capital efficiencies
  • new authorisations
  • joint ventures
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • developments in European regulatory policy and rule-making
  • corporate governance and conduct of business requirements, including client asset rules
  • securities laws
  • complex funding structures
  • regulatory perimeter issues
  • e-money and payment services, including mobile payments
  • market conduct issues

Recent highlights of Ben's work include advising:

  • Standard Life on its acquisition of Ignis Asset Management from the Phoenix Group
  • HM Treasury in connection with its review of the case for transferring certain poorly performing and high risk assets of the RBS group to a 'bad bank'
  • SAV Credit on its purchase of Santander's retail co-brand credit card and point of sale finance business
  • Handelsbanken UK on a range of aspects of its UK retail banking operations
  • American Express on a range of assignments relating to retail financial services products

Ben has considerable experience in advising on the UK and international anti-money laundering and financial sanctions regimes. He edits the Thomson Reuters publication, 'A Practitioner's Guide to the UK Financial Services Rulebooks', co-authored the UK chapter of Getting the Deal Through’s 'Banking Regulation' publication, and writes a regular banking and investment services column for PLC Financial Services. Ben is listed as a leading individual in the 'Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory' section of Chambers UK, 2015.

As a member of the firm’s Financial Regulatory Investigations group, Ben has also advised a range of financial sector firms on the conduct of internal regulatory investigations and in relation to the management of regulator-led enquiries and investigations.

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