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.


  • Citigroup Global Markets and Scotiabank-led syndicate purchases 117,049,735 CBFIs in global offering by FIBRA PrologisJones Day represented Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., as representatives of the several initial purchasers, as U.S. securities counsel in connection with the global offering by FIBRA Prologis of 117,049,735 real estate trust certificates (certificados bursátiles fiduciarios inmobiliarios, or “CBFIs”).
  • DOOR and APG joined by Aware Super in Get Living investmentJones Day represented DOOR, S.L.P. (a residential investment vehicle co-sponsored by Delancey and Oxford Properties) in relation to the acquisition by Aware Super of Qatari Diar's 22% stake in Get Living PLC, the UK's most experienced and pioneering developer and operator of large scale BTR neighborhoods, joining APG and DOOR who each control a 39% stake.
  • TransDigm completes $1.1 billion Senior Secured Notes offeringJones Day represented TransDigm Group Incorporated (“TransDigm Group”), a leading global designer, producer, and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components, in connection with the Rule 144A and Regulation S offering by TransDigm Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, of an additional $1.1 billion aggregate principal amount of 6.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 (the “Notes”).
  • TransDigm completes $1 billion Senior Secured Notes offeringJones Day represented TransDigm Group Incorporated (“TransDigm Group”), a leading global designer, producer, and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components, in connection with the Rule 144A and Regulation S offering by TransDigm Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 6.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 (the “Notes”).
  • FLEETCOR acquires Global Reach GroupJones Day advised FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Global Reach Group, a UK-based cross-border payments provider.
  • Greystar and GIC joint venture acquires Student RoostJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC on the joint venture and antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Student Roost, the UK’s third largest purpose-built student accommodation provider, from one of Brookfield’s real estate private funds, through a joint venture partnership with GIC.
  • Alternate investment firm obtains $100 million secured facilitiesJones Day advised a leading alternative investment firm in connection with a $100 million secured holdco back leverage facility secured against its interests in certain portfolio companies.
  • Underwriters complete concurrent offerings of $1.25 billion of Green Senior Notes, $1.25 billion of Senior Notes, and £750 million of Senior NotesJones Day represented the underwriters in a series of concurrent Senior Notes offerings by PepsiCo, Inc., a leading global beverage and convenient food company.
  • Sun Communities Inc. acquires Park Leisure 2000 Ltd.Jones Day advised Sun Communities, Inc. in the £186 million acquisition of Park Leisure 2000 Ltd. from Midlothian Capital Partners.
  • Sun Communities acquires Park Holidays UK for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Sun Communities, Inc. on its acquisition of Park Holidays UK for approximately $1.3 billion.
  • Greystar forms strategic partnership of up to £2.2 billion with ADIA to develop build-to-rent in London and acquires Fizzy Living for £400 millionJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in connection with the formation of a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), targeting the acquisition and development of c.£2.2 billion of build-to-rent (BTR) assets in London, UK and surrounding commuter towns.
  • Omnicom Group completes £325 million public offering of Senior NotesJones Day represented Omnicom Group Inc., a leading global marketing and corporate communications company, in connection with the public offering by Omnicom Capital Holdings plc, its wholly-owned subsidiary, of £325 million aggregate principal amount of 2.250% Senior Notes due 2033.
  • MassMutual partners with Low Carbon to accelerate transition to renewable energyJones Day advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) on its debt and equity investment in Low Carbon Energy Holdings Limited (“Low Carbon”), a subsidiary of Low Carbon Limited, an established pan-European renewable energy developer and fund manager.
  • Dealer managers and underwriters complete $4.8 billion tender offer and concurrent offerings of $3.0 billion and €1.0 billion of Senior NotesJones Day represented the dealer managers and underwriters in a series of liability management transactions by PepsiCo, Inc., a world leader in convenient snacks, foods and beverages.
  • AGIC Capital closes $1.2 billion fund for investments in smart industriesJones Day acted as fund formation counsel to AGIC Capital for its $1.2 billion final closing of its second fund, AGIC Fund II L.P., which will be focused on advanced industrial and medical technology investments.
  • ARA Asset Management Limited acquires InfraRed Capital Partners' European Real Estate Investment Management businessJones Day advised ARA Asset Management Limited in the acquisition of InfraRed European Real Estate Investment Management, a specialist discretionary fund manager in the real estate sector, from InfraRed Capital Partners.
  • True Capital forms True Capital III LPJones Day represented True Capital Ltd in connection with the formation of True Capital III LP, its third closed-ended fund focused on retail and consumer assets in the UK and globally.
  • Greystar announces €725 million close for flagship pan-European closed-end value-add residential strategyJones Day advised Greystar Europe Investment Management B.V., a subsidiary of Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC, on the closing of €725 million in equity commitments into its flagship pan-European value-add discretionary vehicle.
  • Direct lenders provide €750 million secured facility to global payments service providerJones Day advised a direct lender in connection with its investment in a €750 million secured facility to a global payments service provider for the purposes of refinancing existing indebtedness and providing growth capital.
  • Koch Equity Development invests preferred equity in AIM listed Victoria plcJones Day advised Koch Equity Development LLC ("KED"), the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., on its investment into AIM listed Victoria plc ("Victoria"), a UK-based global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of flooring products.