International legal practice Osborne Clarke strengthens its financial regulatory team with the appointment of new Partner Michael Lewis.

A 20-year specialist in financial services regulation, Michael has particular expertise in regulatory capital, client assets and conduct of business regulation. He advises on new business and product launches, the application of UK and EU financial services legislation, FCA rules and the regulatory aspects of acquisitions and disposals in the financial sector.

Michael was seconded to HM Treasury as a policy adviser to Ministers on the Regulated Activities Order and other statutory instruments under the Financial Services and Markets Act. He has also been involved in a number of sector committees commenting on draft EU Directives in the financial services sector.

Having previously worked at Norton Rose, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons, most recently Michael spent six years at Pinsent Masons.

Greg Leyshon, Partner and Head of Osborne Clarke’s Business Transaction Practice Group, said:

“Our Financial Institutions Group is a well-run and tightly cohesive team that regularly attracts outstanding talent. Michael will help to strengthen our team’s market reputation as he brings very strong technical expertise, market profile, sector focus and multiple years’ experience, which will all help the team to support current clients and target new opportunities.”

Michael will work alongside the rest of the Osborne Clarke team, which is headed up by Kate Johnson, alongside Partners Paul Anning, Tim Simmonds, Nikki Worden and Helen Parsonage.

Osborne Clarke’s Financial Institutions Group is ranked tier 4 for financial services (contentious), tier 5 for financial services (non-contentious/regulatory), tier 3 for private funds, tier 2 for real estate funds and tier 4 for retail funds within Legal 500. The team is ranked tier 5 for financial services: Non-contentious regulatory, tier 1 for financial services: payments law band 1 and tier 3 for investment funds: real estate in Chambers.

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