Experienced Regulatory Partner Will Join Latham & Watkins in London

Firm takes another major step forward to build the leading global financial regulatory practice with addition of senior partner Carl Fernandes in the City.

May 01, 2018

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Carl Fernandes will join the London office as a partner in the Financial Institutions Group. Fernandes is one of the City’s leading financial regulatory practitioners, with two decades’ experience advising investment banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, and private banks on a variety of complex regulatory issues in Europe and Asia, including as to the scope of licensing requirements, market conduct requirements and restrictions, and appropriate risk management systems and controls. 

Fernandes also has extensive expertise counselling clients on key institutional market reforms in Europe, such as Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), European Benchmark Regulation (EBR), and Market Abuse Regulation (MAR).   

Jay Sadanandan, Latham & Watkins’ Office Managing Partner in London, said: “Carl is a first-class regulatory partner who is well-known amongst our global investment banking clients. He will be a fantastic addition to our growing practice in London and Europe, and we are excited to welcome him to the firm.”

Rob Moulton, Global Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ Financial Institutions Group, said: “Carl’s track record speaks for itself. Few partners in the City have his depth of knowledge and boardroom experience counselling senior management on the range of high stakes regulatory issues. Carl is one of the UK’s standout financial regulatory practitioners — our practice and clients will greatly benefit from his razor-sharp mind, excellent judgment, and commercial acumen, all of which allow him to cut to the nub of any issue, no matter how complex.” 

“Financial institutions are global and require ongoing substantial legal and regulatory advice in a broad set of areas. Carl’s arrival furthers the implementation of a strategy launched a decade ago to build out the leading financial services practice—that spans transactional, investigations and disputes, and non-contentious regulatory areas—in New York, London, Hong Kong and around the world. Over the years we have assembled a formidable team and Carl is a great fit for our strategic growth in London, Europe and Asia. Adding a partner with his many talents further enhances the services we can offer our clients and strengthens Latham’s position at the cutting edge of this practice.” 

Fernandes joins Latham & Watkins from the London office of Linklaters, having previously worked in Hong Kong.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors 
Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong and Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Jayanthi Sadanandan, London Office Managing Partner, +44.20.7710.1000

Rob Moulton, Global Co-Chair of the firm's Financial Institutions Group, +44.20.7710.4523

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