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Barnabas W.B. Reynolds


Barnabas Reynolds is head of the global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group. He advises the full range of market participants on their businesses in the London and European markets. His practice focuses on global legal risk management, including in the context of cross-border legal, regulatory and insolvency regimes. In addition, from Q1 2010 to Q1 2014, he served as an elected member of the firm’s Policy Committee. Barnabas is recognised as a leading UK and EU financial regulatory lawyer. He was named the Times Lawyer of the Week in December 2013, is on the 2013 London Super Lawyers list and was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in the UK in insurance law.

Mr. Reynolds has been actively involved in helping to shape, analyze and comment upon the global regulatory reforms that arose out of the recent financial crisis. He often serves as a panelist in reform-focused events held by institutions such as the Financial Times, Quadrilateral and Chatham House. Mr. Reynolds frequently writes on financial regulatory reform issues.

Selected Experience

  • ICE Inc. on the European regulatory aspects of its approximately $11 billion acquisition of NYSE Euronext and subsequent reorganization
  • Citi on its acquisition of ING’s Custody and Securities Services Business in 7 countries across Central and Eastern Europe
  • 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
  • Fairfax on its minority investment in the Bank of Ireland


  • “Is the Client Assets Regime on the Right Track? Transatlantic Perspectives on Client Assets Post-Lehman," JIBLR
  • “Client money trusts: time for a rethink?," PLC Magazine
  • “Treating compliance fairly: is compliance being asked to achieve the impossible?,” Thomson Reuters
  • “Shipshape banks: Shipping has a lesson for bank resolution,” Financial World
  • “Shadow banking: are the shadows really the banks? – opinion,” IFLR
  • “Europe: Sewing on the shadows: a lawyer's take on Peter Pan banking,” IFLR
  • “Whither financial centres? – a legal and regulatory perspective”
  • “MiFID II: A cure for all ills?,” IFLR (with Thomas Donegan and Anna Doyle)
  • “What’s broken with the UK’s client asset and money protections and how to fix it,” JIBLR (with Thomas Donegan, Azad Ali, Aatif Ahmad)
  • “It’s not just about “black swan” events’”, FT.com
  • “Financial Regulation: A Looming Sledgehammer,” Moneycontrol.com
  • “Conservatives’ call for ‘major overhaul’ of FSA could backfire,” (2009), Complinet
  • “FSA publishes detailed proposals for new bank/investment firm liquidity reporting regime,” (2009), Complinet
  • “IOSCO aims to harmonise international regulation of credit rating agencies,” Complinet
  • “Opening the Vault: Banking Sector Liberalization in India,” India Business Law Journal (with Aatif Ahmad)
  • “Make Money from the Crisis,” International Financial Law Review
  • “FSMA banking business transfers: choosing the right route,’’ PLC (with Thomas Donegan)
  • “The pros and cons of UK exchange recognition,” IFLR (with Thomas Donegan)
  • Editor of Butterworths’ International Financial Markets Guide
  • Co-editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation
  • Co-author of Shipowners’ Limitation of Liability, Kluwer Law, 2012
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