Of Counsel

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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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  • GCA Altium acquires Stella EOCJones Day advised GCA Altium in the acquisition of Stella EOC, a technology and media investment banking boutique with coverage in the UK and Europe.
  • ARA Asset Management acquires majority stake in Venn PartnersJones Day represented ARA Asset Management Limited ("ARA"), an Asian real estate fund management company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in Venn Partners LLP, a specialist investment manager in European real estate private debt.
  • Pepper Group to sell Pepper European Servicing to Link Group for €165 millionJones Day is advising Pepper Group Limited, a leading diversified global consumer finance business, in connection with its sale of Pepper European Servicing (PES) to Link Group.
  • Ad hoc group of senior secured lenders advised in landmark restructuring of the syncreon groupJones Day acted for the ad hoc group of senior secured lenders in the landmark restructuring of the global logistics syncreon group which was implemented via English Schemes of arrangement, with chapter 15 recognition in the U.S. and CCAA recognition in Canada.
  • Joint administrators negotiate successful rescueJones Day advised Geoffrey Rowley and Jason Baker of FRP Advisory LLP as joint administrators of the Glint Pay group, an FCA-regulated e-money and gold-trading business.
  • Trafigura acquires majority stake in Nyrstar operating businessJones Day advised Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd. (“Trafigura”), a market leader in the global commodities industry, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in the operating business of Nyrstar, a multi-billion dollar global metals business.
  • Cineworld Group completes asset monetization strategies in United States through cinema sale-leaseback transactionsJones Day advised UK headquartered, Cineworld Group PLC in connection with an asset monetization strategy in the United States involving a combined cash consideration of $556.3 million cinema sale-leaseback transactions to convert a substantial portion of Cineworld’s U.S. real estate holdings into cash to leverage its equity and optimize efficiency.
  • City Financial enters administrationJones Day successfully advised the board of City Financial Investment Company Limited (the "Company") on the Company's entry into administration.
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