Sam Maxson

  • Associate
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1823


Sam Maxson is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Maxson regularly advises a wide range of clients (including banks, insurers, investment firms, financial markets infrastructure providers, and technology companies) on all aspects of financial regulation. Mr. Maxson has a particular focus on FinTech and InsurTech, advising both established and emerging businesses on the application of global financial regulation to new and novel uses of technology in finance and insurance. His expertise also extends to the increasingly widespread interest in cryptoassets and "tokenisation" of financial markets.

Mr. Maxson's experience includes representation of:

  • Distributed ledger technology (DLT) specialists Clearmatics and a consortium of leading investment banks on the Utility Settlement Coin project to develop a DLT-based payment system*   
  • A leading investment bank on legal and financial regulatory aspects of offering cryptocurrency trading services to its clients*   
  • An online peer-to-peer platform for the sale and purchase of fractional interests in buy-to-let properties on technical financial regulatory aspects of an application for authorization*   
  • A leading investment bank and investment exchange operator on a joint venture to develop an innovative multilateral trading platform*   
  • A potential purchaser of an equity stake in challenger bank Tandem Bank in relation to change in control approvals and financial regulatory due diligence*   
  • An insurer on the authorization and ongoing financial regulatory requirements relating to an innovative project to provide account aggregation and payment initiation services*   

During 2017, Mr. Maxson was seconded to Aviva UK Digital working from Aviva’s “Digital Garage” in Hoxton Square, London. During his time at the Digital Garage, he acted as the primary legal contact for the Aviva UK Digital Data Analytics Team and the Aviva Group Innovation Team advising on a broad range of legal issues involved in the delivery of digital assets including financial regulation, data protection and privacy, and outsourcing. He was the lead Aviva UK Digital legal adviser in the acquisition by Aviva of a majority stake in the “robo” investment manager Wealthify and engaged regularly with Aviva-sponsored FinTech and InsurTech startups through technology startup incubator Founders Factory.

 *Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms: A Regulatory Trip around the World -  August 13, 2019
  • FCA Confirms SMCR Optimisations -  July 26, 2019
  • 10 Key Regulatory Focus Areas for UK/European Wholesale Markets in 2019 – Progress Report -  July 02, 2019
  • EU Kicks Off MAR Review -  May 16, 2019
  • FCA Fires Warning Shot to Brokers in Wholesale Markets -  April 30, 2019
  • Will Regulatory Reform Make Cryptoassets the Next Buyout Boom for Private Equity?  -  March 13, 2019
  • MiFID II Costs and Charges — Room for Improvement -  March 01, 2019
  • Brexit and Financial Services — FCA Issues Further Guidance for Firms -  February 01, 2019
  • Regulating Crypto-assets and ICOs? ESMA and EBA Consider the Benefits -  January 24, 2019
  • FCA Consults on Further Amendments to the SMCR -  January 23, 2019
  • Brexit and Financial Services — UK Equivalence Decisions -  January 21, 2019
  • European Commission Report on the Operation of the AIFMD -  January 15, 2019
  • Brexit and Financial Services — Temporary Permissions -  December 18, 2018
  • FCA Finalises Changes to its Financial Crime Guide -  December 14, 2018
  • FCA to Clarify Scope of the Client Dealing Function -  November 30, 2018
  • Brexit and Financial Services — Onshoring MiFID II -  November 05, 2018
  • UK Cryptoassets Taskforce Publishes its Final Report -  October 31, 2018
  • A New Sheriff in Town? UK MPs Call for Regulation of “Wild West” Crypto-assets  -  September 20, 2018
  • FCA to Create Global Financial Innovation Network -  August 08, 2018
  • First Details of Brexit Temporary Permissions Regime Published — Key Questions Answered -  July 27, 2018
  • Crypto Utopia -  July 17, 2018
  • Regulators Publish Final Rules on SMCR Extension -  July 04, 2018
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • LPC, University of Law, London Moorgate, 2014
  • BA, University of Durham, 2012
    Combined Honours in Arts (History and Politics)
  • Financial Institutions
  • FinTech
  • Capital Markets