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Ali, Azad

Azad Ali


Azad Ali is counsel in the firm’s global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group. He advises financial institutions on a worldwide basis, including banks, investment banks, exchanges, clearing houses, fund managers, custodians, trading platforms, settlement systems, insurers, brokers on legal and regulatory aspects of their businesses and transactions in London and the continental European markets. Mr. Ali is listed in the Legal 500, Who’s Who in Law and recommended by Legal 500, 2012.

Mr. Ali also advises on the implementation and impact of the EU/UK regulatory reforms, such as Basel III, CRD IV, EMIR and AIFMD as well as other global regulatory developments that arose out of the recent financial crisis.

Selected Experience

  • Citi on its acquisition of ING’s Custody and Securities Services Business in 7 countries across Central and Eastern Europe
  • ICE Inc. on its approximately $11 billion acquisition of NYSE Euronext (including regulatory approvals and clearing arrangements)
  • Market participants on business structure and ongoing compliance including conduct of business, corporate governance, regulatory capital and investigations and enforcement
  • Regulatory aspects of employee share offerings made by Credit Suisse, EDF, France Telecom, Sanofi-Aventis, Viacom, Safran, Danone and others
  • Several major banks in CFTC, SEC, DOJ, FCA and European Commission investigations concerning LIBOR
  • U.A.E. government on reforming its financial regulatory framework and drafting underlying legislation


  • “Guest Comment: This is what you need to know about the proposed EU regulation of hedge fund and private equity pay,” EFinancial Careers (July 2012)
  • “What’s broken with the UK’s client asset and money protections and how to fix it,” JIBLR (with Barney Reynolds, Thomas Donegan and Aatif Ahmad) (October 2010)
  • “Living Wills – Where There’s a Will,” IFLR (with Gregg Rozansky, June 2011)
  • “House of Commons Treasury Committee’s second report on the banking crisis,” Complinet (with Katerina Rainwood, 2008)
  • “FSMA banking business transfers: choosing the right route,” PLC (with Barney Reynolds and Thomas Donegan)


  • Exeter College, Oxford University, M.A. in Jurisprudence (First)
  • Exeter College, Oxford University, B.C.L.


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