Dr Sabine Dittrich

Head of EU Financial Regulation
Joined firm 2023.

Sabine heads up the EU Financial Regulation practice in our Financial Regulation Group and is also a member of our Financial Institutions Group.

Sabine has extensive experience in advising banks, insurers, market infrastructure operators, asset managers and private equity firms on a broad spectrum of prudential, conduct-related, and contentious regulatory matters. As former Global Head of Regulatory Intelligence and Head of EU Public Policy at UBS, she has more than a decade of experience in senior in-house roles in Zurich and London managing relationships, among others, with EU regulators and EU institutions and delivering executive advice on regulatory-driven risks and opportunities in the context of business transformation, corporate restructuring, regulatory change, and investigations. Her particular areas of focus in the last few years have included on sustainability, governance, and emerging technology. Previously, Sabine spent seven years in the Financial Institutions Group of another leading U.K. law firm in Germany.

Highlights of her more recent work include:

  • Advising on the Brexit-related corporate and business restructuring of a leading global asset manager, third country regimes for cross-border activities and consequences of market infrastructure regulatory reform.
  • Advising on strategic business, risk and governance changes as a consequence of the EU sustainable finance initiatives and TCFD, disclosure requirements and greenwashing risks.
  • Advising following recent market events, on the regulatory review of the shadow banking sector, including on liquidity risks and risks stemming from money market funds.
  • Advising asset managers and custodians on the use of distributed ledger technologies and investments in crypto assets.

Sabine was a member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) in Brussels and of the Executive Committee of the Asset Management division of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) in London / Zurich. She was nominated for the Women in Asset Management Awards in 2020.

Sabine is co-author of the legal commentary on the German Safe Custody Act (Scherer (Hrsg.), Depotgesetz, 1st ed. 2012, 2nd ed. 2023) and is a frequent public speaker on risk and regulatory topics.

Sabine is admitted as Rechtsanwältin in Germany. She holds a German PhD in Law and an MBA from HEC Paris. She is native in German, fluent in English and has working proficiency in French and Italian.