Our multidisciplinary financial services sector group is recognised for providing effective advice to businesses and individuals in this competitive and highly regulated market.

We advise international and UK-headquartered banks, insurers and investment firms, fintechs and payment platforms, as well as businesses seeking funding and those making investments in the sector.

Our expertise not only includes PRA and FCA regulation, but also a wide range of specialist advice required by organisations and individuals working in financial services, from business immigration, corporate transactions, commercial disputes and employment law related issues to data protection, investigations and corporate investments. Our clients say that we are great to work with, user friendly and knowledgeable.

Clients instruct us for our understanding of how financial services works in practice and for our commercial, cohesive and approachable style.

Financial services experience

  • Advised on the admissibility and categorisation of new debt and equity regulatory capital instruments.

  • Advised an international payment, identity, e-money and banking solutions service provider on various UK and EEA regulatory issues, as well as VISA, MasterCard and other card scheme rules.

  • Advised on terms of business for restricted deposit accounts.

  • Advised on D&O, life, pet and professional indemnity policies.

  • Advised on internal investigations into actual and potential insider dealing and other forms of market abuse, disciplinary action against senior bankers and reporting to the regulators in a safe, appropriate and timely way.

  • Prepared and / or advised on various FCA applications for authorisation of electronic money issuers or payment institutions and provided ongoing payments regulatory advice to the same (including advising on the basis for authorisation, safeguarding, required and breach of regulatory capital, reports and notifications to the FCA, and on T&Cs and other agreements).

  • Advised a cryptocurrency exchange on a corporate restructure to de-risk the businesses, the issuance of electronic money, the preparation and submission of two FCA applications and subsequent communications with the FCA; and anti-money laundering issues.

  • Acted for a group of executives within a FTSE 250 financial services company on various corporate governance and market abuse issues and liaised with the corporate governance committee and NEDs. This led to the resignation of the Chairman / CEO and promotion of all other executives.
  • Advised Allianz X, the digital investment unit of the Allianz group, on various investments including its Series B investment in SafeBoda, a major African ride hailing platform that also offers various on-demand consumer and payment services.

  • Advised a multinational ecommerce corporation and online marketplace on the commercial and regulatory consequences of a group restructure, and providing ongoing payments regulatory and other advice.

  • Advised award-winning, ‘API Only’ technology provider Yapily Ltd on its latest funding round, co-led by LocalGlobe and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, following which the London based fintech start-up has raised a total of $5.4 million in seed funding.

"All of the team is outstanding, we particularly like the personal approach and effectiveness of the firm."


Legal 500 2022

"The firm has excellent partners and associates, all of whom provide a great service."


Chambers UK, 2021

"The lawyers at FW are very strong communicators. They respond promptly, can explain the legal position in plain English and in a way which considers commercial realities, and engage with building a relationship with their clients."


Legal 500 2022

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