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For financial services firms, intellectual and human capital are key assets requiring specialist advice.

The competition for talent is fierce and the regulatory terrain can be perilous, each of which get more challenging by the day as the industry becomes ever more global. Trusted and strategic advice is required to deal with team moves, design competitive incentive schemes, implement robust partnership structures, or help to ensure firms and individuals don’t fall foul of the rules when it comes to conduct or pay.

Our renowned intellectual property and brand management expertise enables financial services businesses to protect brand value and reputation.

We are renowned for advising major institutions and niche boutiques across investment and retail banking, hedge funds, private equity, asset management and insurance – and the senior executives who lead them. When disputes arise, we are effective at resolving them, bringing to bear extensive expertise in arbitration as well as experience in some of the most complex pieces of High Court litigation in this area. Our clients also draw upon our cross-border capabilities through the Ius Laboris network, advising on their global employment policy frameworks and talent mobility strategies.

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