Jan Putnis

Joined firm 1994. Partner since 2003.

Jan is Head of our Financial Regulation Group and co-Head of our Financial Institutions Group.

Jan’s practice focuses on matters of strategic importance to financial institutions, with particular emphasis on regulatory advice (both contentious and non-contentious) and multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial transactions. He acts for a broad range of financial institutions, including banks, investment banks, brokers, insurance and reinsurance groups, market infrastructure operators, asset managers and fintech businesses.

He is a member of the Financial Markets Law Committee and the joint City UK / International Regulatory Strategy Group’s UK Regulation Committee. He is the contributing editor of The Banking Regulation Review (Law Business Research, since 2010) and a regular contributor to PLC Magazine. He is recognised as a 'Leading Individual' in the 'Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory' section of Chambers UK and is in the ‘Hall of Fame’ for the same category in Legal 500.

Recent highlights include advising:

  • Global banking groups on structural reform, including on the development and implementation of the UK’s recovery and resolution and bank ring-fencing regimes, involving significant group reorganisations and sustained engagement with the UK government and regulators

  • Standard Chartered Group on its establishment of a Hong Kong hub entity structure intended to enhance capital and liquidity utilisation across the Standard Chartered Group, in particular on the governance arrangements of the Group post-reorganisation

  • a number of M&A transactions in the UK challenger bank sector, including advising OneSavings Bank on its recommended all-share combination with UK specialist mortgage bank, Charter Court Financial Services

  • Prudential on the proposed demerger of its US business, Jackson Financial Inc., and before that on the demerger of its UK and Europe business, M&G
  • Euroclear on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Goji, the London-based provider of investor platform technology and services to private markets
  • Honeycomb Investment Trust on its recommended all-share combination with Pollen Street Capital, valued at approximately £285m on completion
  • Financial institutions across several financial services sectors, including global banking and insurance groups, market infrastructure operators and private equity firms, on their Brexit-related corporate and business restructurings, longer-term business operations and post-Brexit strategic objectives

  • strategic advice to private banks and asset managers on governance and regulatory matters.

“He has excellent commercial instincts and a very practical way of dealing with complex issues." Chambers UK 2023