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Highly Regarded Financial Services Contentious Regulatory Lawyer Rosemarie Paul Joins Ropes & Gray in London

Practices: Finance

Rosemarie Paul
  • A former regulator at the Financial Services Authority; ranked as a Leader in her Field by Chambers UK
  • Appointment follows hire of leading financial crimes lawyer Judith Seddon, further strengthening the firm’s global litigation & enforcement practice

Global law firm Ropes & Gray has appointed Rosemarie Paul, one of the UK’s leading financial services contentious regulatory lawyers, as a partner in its growing litigation and enforcement practice in London. 

Major investment funds and retail clients will benefit from Rosemarie’s experience both in private practice and as a former regulator at the Financial Services Authority (FSA), now Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 

Previously a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, in London, Rosemarie advises clients on UK financial regulatory matters, with a particular focus on regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Rosemarie has also been advising on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a growing area of focus for clients and for regulators since its implementation in May 2018. 

Rosemarie has a deep understanding of the regulators’ enforcement processes, having been a member of the FSA’s Enforcement and Financial Crime Department, where she led reviews of investigations and provided advice to investigation teams, as well as acted as the equivalent of first chair advocate at regulatory hearings before decision making committees and the Tribunal. 

Her accomplishments have earned her recognition as one of the UK’s leading regulatory investigations lawyers. She is ranked by Chambers UK as a ‘Leader in the Field’ for Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory. 

At Ropes & Gray, she will join a globally recognised international risk practice with a fast-growing team in London, working alongside partners Amanda Raad and Judith Seddon.  Amanda, who is one of the UK’s few dual US and England & Wales qualified financial crime lawyers, has substantial experience negotiating with US regulators on behalf of companies and individuals concerning cross-border matters involving corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial fraud.  Judith, who joined the firm in 2018, is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading financial crime lawyers. 

Amanda Raad, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s global anti-corruption and international risk practice, said: “Rosemarie is an excellent addition to our market-leading international risk group.  Her financial regulatory experience, both as a lawyer and a regulator, perfectly complements our investigations expertise in London and will be highly valued by clients, both in the UK and elsewhere.” 

Judith Seddon, co-head of Ropes & Gray’s London international risk practice, said: “I’m thrilled that Rosemarie is joining us. I have known her for many years, so know first-hand that she will bring tremendous value in helping our clients navigate the increasingly complex and evolving regulatory environment.” 

Rosemarie is the third lateral partner hire made by Ropes & Gray in London and the tenth by the firm globally this year. Her hire follows the appointment of the other following partners over the past ten months: 

Her appointment also follows the promotion, announced this week, of Aditya Khanna as finance partner in London, as part of the largest partner promotion round in the firm’s history.  Including Rosemarie, Ropes & Gray will have 24 partners in London, almost 40% of whom are women.

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