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Sona Ganatra


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Sona Ganatra is a Partner in the FS Regulatory & Investigations practice at Fox Williams. 

Sona is a highly experienced investigations practitioner, specialising in representing corporates and senior executives involved in FCA, FRC and SFO investigations, particularly those involving market misconduct, financial misstatements, sanctions, money laundering, fraud, and bribery and corruption in the regulated sector. She is recognised for her expertise in leading large, complex internal investigations and is regularly called upon to advise corporates investigating misconduct and their reporting obligations to UK regulatory bodies and authorities.

In an advisory capacity, Sona has particular expertise in advising regulated firms on their money laundering and financial crime systems and controls, payment services and e-money regulations, as well as the change in control notification regime.

She was seconded to the Enforcement Division of the (then) Financial Services Authority in 2004 to 2005. This proved to be an invaluable insight into regulatory investigations and disciplinary actions of the FSA.  Sona provided advice on breaches of the UK financial services regulatory regime, appeared before the Regulatory Decisions Committee and participated in settlement discussions with financial institutions.  

She has also published numerous articles and led training sessions in relation to financial services regulatory issues and obligations under the Bribery Act 2010, Fraud Act 2006 and money laundering regulations and is regularly called upon to provide commentary to the press and specialist publications. Sona co-authored the “Employee Rights: A UK Perspective” chapter in GIR’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. 

Sona graduated from Kings College, London with a degree in Law in 2000 and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in 2001, where she obtained a distinction and was awarded the Roger Leyland Memorial Prize. She trained at White & Case LLP and qualified in September 2003 in the Dispute Resolution practice group. She practised at White & Case LLP for over nine years before joining Fox Williams. Sona is a solicitor advocate (higher courts civil).

Sona leads our firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.

"The formidable Sona Ganatra has a background in commercial litigation as well as financial services work and combines the two skills to good effect"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Understands the commercial realities and personal pressures of these investigations and proceedings and helps clients manage both"
(Legal 500, 2019)

‘An expert on UK banking regulation’, Sona Ganatra regularly represents senior executives who are subject to regulatory investigations.
(Legal 500, 2017)

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