Robert Cain

  • Robert Cain
  • +353 1 920 1050
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Robert specialises in Irish and European financial services regulation. He advises a wide range of both domestic and international financial institutions, including credit institutions, investment firms, payment institutions and insurance companies. His practice includes advice on Irish authorisation and perimeter issues, ongoing compliance with conduct of business and other requirements, regulatory capital, market abuse, prospectus and transparency requirements, payment services, corporate governance, fintech, AML and financial institution M&A (including the acquisition and disposal of financial assets). Robert also advises on regulatory enforcement actions taken by the Central Bank of Ireland and on industry investigations and inquiries.

Robert previously worked in the Financial Regulation group of Clifford Chance LLP in London for several years, including a secondment at the UK Financial Services Authority.

Robert is a member of the firm’s Trainee Steering Group, which is the partnership body responsible for all aspects of the firm’s trainee programme, including recruitment and development.


  • Member of the core Arthur Cox team that advised the Irish Government on all aspects of its response to the banking crisis.
  • Led the Arthur Cox team advising the UK Government and Northern Rock on Irish law aspects of Northern Rock’s restructuring and the subsequent transfer of its banking business in Ireland to IL&P.
  • Advising financial institution clients on their response to Brexit.
  • Advising on several portfolio sales of Irish bank assets for both sell-side and buy-side clients including private equity firms.
  • Advising on the wind down of Bank of Scotland Ireland Limited and its cross-border merger with BOS plc.
  • Advising a number of clients on Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital transactions.
  • Advising on regulatory aspects of multiple financial institution M&A transactions and asset disposals and acquisitions.
  • Advising on recent MiFID and PSD licence applications to the Central Bank of Ireland.
  • Advising numerous clients on the implementation of recent legislation and regulatory requirements, including the MiFID Regulations, the Payment Services Directive, the Consumer Credit Directive, the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears, the Corporate Governance Code, the Consumer Protection Code 2012, and the SME Regulations 2015.


  • MA (Jurisprudence), 1999, University of Oxford (St. Peter's College)
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2008
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (non-practising), 2002
  • Member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI)