Brian McDonnell

Partner

at McDonnell Ellis LLP

United Kingdom

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After 7 years as head of Financial Markets at City law firm Addleshaw Goddard, I founded, with another AG partner, McDonnell Ellis LLP, a specialist financial services law firm working with the full range of financial services firms. My practice covers all aspects of UK and EU financial services law and regulation with a particular focus on wholesale financial services, funds and payments. I am an actively involved member of the City of London Law Society Regulatory Committee and author of Sweet & Maxwell's "A Practitioner's Guide to Inside Information".Ranked by Chambers 2020: “Brian McDonnell is valued by clients for his "ability to use common sense to reach practical solutions to regulatory issues in a compliant and timely manner." He works with investment fund and banking clients on navigating regulatory requirements, both long-term and in relation to transactions.”Ranked by Chambers 2019: "Brian McDonnell heads the firm's financial markets team. He regularly advises significant domestic and international financial institutions on regulatory aspects of potential new financial products and platforms. Sources say: 'He is very strong on the FCA rule book, and when issues arise he provides succinct and sensible answers.'"Ranked by Chambers 2018: "Brian McDonnell is noted for his handling of non-contentious regulatory matters, primarily within the wholesale banking space but also extending to the retail arena. Sources say that he is 'very knowledgeable and quick to provide succinct answers.'""The ‘very knowledgeable’ Brian McDonnell covers regulation impacting on the retail and wholesale markets" – Legal 500, 2017, Financial Services"the ‘calm and considered’ Brian McDonnell provides ‘superior advice’ within the wholesale sector" – Legal 500, 2016, Financial Services"Brian McDonnell is recommended for wholesale financial services work" – Legal 500, 2014, Financial Services"advises on FSA financial services regulation and EU legislation, and offers focused expertise in the e-money and payments sector. Brian McDonnell ‘understands how the advice impacts business’" – Legal 500, 2012, Financial Services"Brian McDonnell ‘combines outstanding legal knowledge with business expertise’" – Legal 500, 2011, Financial Services"The ‘very responsive’ Brian McDonnell ‘has excellent knowledge and understands clients’ business and needs." – Legal 500, 2010, Financial Services 

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McDonnell Ellis LLP is a specialist financial services law firm working with the full range of financial services firms. We share the depth and breadth of decades of experience working with firms from the largest banks and asset managers to smaller fintechs and payments firms. As financial services is all we do, it is important that we do it very well. All work is undertaken by a senior specialist lawyer – ensuring excellence, efficiency and responsiveness.

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