Aidan Lawes advises clients on matters relating to financial services regulation in the UK and Europe. Aidan brings a combination of technical private practice experience and real world knowledge of how financial institutions operate to clients gained from a number of years of senior in-house experience. He advises clients on the buy side and sell side, including banks (wholesale, private, and retail), mainstream asset managers, alternative fund managers, as well as regulated fund providers, broker dealers, platforms, depositaries, and corporate finance houses.
Much of Aidan's work focuses on helping firms understand and navigate the swathes of European and UK domestic rules, especially European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), as well as CRR, AIFMD, and MAR. He also has extensive experience providing transactional support to M&A, finance, and funds departments regarding regulatory due diligence, change of control analysis and applications, structuring assistance, and post-completion integration, particularly in cross-border matters.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, Aidan was the in-house EMEA regulatory leader at Mizuho Bank's London Branch, where he reviewed all legislation, provided detailed technical and legal advice, and led the implementation of projects across the region. Aidan worked extensively with IT and trading floor support teams to understand trade flows and booking models to develop IT specifications that meet regulatory requirements. In addition, he has recent experience working with senior European stakeholders from the Parliament, Commission, and national governments on proposed legislation.
Since January 2017 Aidan has served as chairman of the MiFID II working group of the Association of Foreign Banks.
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- The College of Law, Guildford (Legal Practice Course with distinction 2007; Graduate Diploma in Law with commendation 2006); Durham University (B.A. Hons. 2005)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales