Robert is Head of our Financial Regulation practice, specialising in Irish and European financial services regulation.

Robert advises a wide range of domestic and international clients on all aspects of financial services regulation. His practice includes advice on Irish and EU authorisation and perimeter issues, ongoing compliance with conduct of business and other requirements, regulatory capital, market abuse, securities regulations, fintech and payment services, insurance and reinsurance regulation, AML, corporate governance and financial services M&A (including sales and purchases of financial assets and insurance assets). Robert also advises on regulatory enforcement action taken by the Central Bank of Ireland and European Central Bank and on industry investigations and inquiries. Robert previously worked in the Financial Regulation Group of Clifford Chance LLP in London for several years.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising multiple financial institution clients on their response to Brexit, including advising on credit institution, investment firm, insurance company, asset manager, payment institution and e-money institution licence application and/or redomiciling projects in the context of Brexit
  • Advising both buyers and sellers of Irish financial assets (including all categories of loan, e.g. commercial, mortgage and consumer) and coordinating regulatory due diligence on residential and commercial loan portfolio sales/purchases and securitisations
  • Advising on regulatory aspects of multiple financial services M&A transactions (including on change of control notifications)
  • Advising on compliance with Irish conduct of business requirements, including the MiFID Regulations 2017, the Central Bank’s client asset rules, the Irish regulations transposing the Consumer Protection Code 2012 and Minimum Competency Requirements 2017
  • Advising extensively on the Central Bank’s fitness and probity regime and proposed SEAR regime
  • Advising clients on responding to several recent Central Bank of Ireland enforcement cases under its administrative sanctions procedure including devising remediation plans for identified product issues.
  • Advising a number of clients on Tier one and Tier two capital transactions
  • Advising clients on corporate governance and systems and controls, including in relation to complex outsourcing arrangements
  • Advising numerous clients on the implementation of recent legislation and regulatory requirements, including MiFID II, PSD II, Solvency II, the Consumer Credit Directive, the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears, the Corporate Governance Code for Credit Institutions and for Insurers, the SME Regulations 2015 and the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act
  • Advising clients on regulatory aspects of commercial contracts, including insurance distribution arrangements (white labelling/innovative platforms)