Fieldfisher strengthens its Financial Services Regulatory Practice with the appointment of Azad Ali

Azad Ali is the newest partner in the European law firm’s Financial Services Regulatory practice as of 1st February 2016.


Prior to joining Fieldfisher, Azad was a counsel in the Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group at Sherman & Sterling, having worked for the firm in the past 11 years. Advising banks, broker-dealers, infrastructure providers, buy-side participants and regulated businesses in UK and the EU, his practice revolves around the whole spectrum of regulated sectors. His work focuses on regulatory areas subject of significant focus as a result of the financial crisis including bank capital and structural reform, bank resolutions, remuneration, trading/clearing/settlement and derivatives regulation. He has particular interest in assisting with the implementation and impact of Basel III/CRD IV, MiFID II, EMIR, BRRD, AIFMD, Solvency II, SFTR, CSDR and shadow banking reforms. Azad’s involvement in many recent notable transactions in the banking and market infrastructure space has been recognised in several industry awards.

“Fieldfisher’s financial services business is very well placed for growth: it is strong in derivatives, banking, asset management and technology and I see the firm as a good fit for the expected growth and development of wholesale financial markets and market infrastructure; areas I have focused on for many years. I’m looking forward to contributing to the success of Fieldfisher.” Azad commented.

Guy Usher, partner and head of Fieldfisher’s Derivatives & Structured Finance Group, spoke on the recent appointment: “Azad’s extensive range and depth of expertise is well known in our markets, which are in the midst of significant change. I am very pleased that Azad has taken the opportunity to join Fieldfisher, significantly bolstering our Financial Services Regulatory practice.”

“We are always looking for good opportunities to enhance the strength and depth of Fieldfisher’s financial services offering. Increasing regulation of the markets has led us to further build expertise in that space, and Azad’s arrival represents an important strategic recruitment in anticipation of the growing level of work in that area.” added Kirstene Baillie, partner and head of Fieldfisher’s Financial Services Group.

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