Financial Regulation Law

Our Financial Regulation Team provides practical, commercial and strategic advice to a wide variety of domestic and international institutions on their obligations under Irish and EU financial services law and on Central Bank requirements.

We represent significant international banking and insurance operations, a range of investment firms, asset managers, fund service providers, insurance intermediaries, lenders, e-money institutions and payment institutions.

We advise and assist clients in dealing with the evolving regulatory environment and assist them in proactively responding to new regulatory challenges affecting their business. Our team includes lawyers with specialist Central Bank enforcement experience as well as financial services dispute resolution experience, enabling us to represent clients in both an advisory capacity and in respect of regulatory investigations and financial services disputes.

Our Financial Regulation lawyers work closely with the financial services industry in Ireland and many of our team have experience working as in-house counsel within the industry and in the Central Bank. 


Our team has extensive experience of:

  • Central Bank authorisations for both new entrants to the market as well as existing entities
  • Advising on regulatory capital requirements
  • Advising on on-going regulatory matters, including Central Bank codes of conduct as well as Fitness Probity requirements
  • Enforcement investigations under the Central Bank’s Administrative Sanctions Procedure
  • Advising on the regulatory landscape to include scope of exemptions from the requirement to hold a licence
  • Advising on and managing acquiring transaction notifications with the Central Bank


Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Very collaborative, open and transparent, and very good in terms of clarity".

Chambers & Partners, 2019

Clients and market commentators laud the "quality of the firm's lawyers and their pragmatic and commercial approach."

Recent Work

  • Representing credit institutions in enforcement investigations brought under the Central Bank’s Administrative Sanctions Procedure and advising on regulatory implications of the Tracker Mortgage Examination
  • Assisting several clients in submitting Acquiring Transaction Notification forms to the Central Bank and in obtaining regulatory approval for the acquisitions
  • Advising several clients on the application of the Prospectus Directive to the offer of securities in Ireland and on the marketing, distribution and conduct of business requirements for asset managers seeking to raise capital in Ireland
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