Jonathan Ritson-Candler is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Global Financial Institutions Industry Group. Mr. Ritson-Candler specializes in financial services regulatory advice and has experience advising a range of financial institutions and market infrastructure providers on domestic and cross-border regulatory issues.

Mr. Ritson-Candler advises global investment banks, corporate finance houses, fund managers, insurers, broker-dealers, and market infrastructure and data services providers on a variety of legal and regulatory risk management matters. He has particular expertise in the FCA’s Conduct of Business Rules; European regulatory developments such as MiFID II, MAR, and PRIIPs KID; and the EU Benchmark Regulation, as well as having a particular interest in anti-money laundering and financial crime and the UK’s on-shoring of EU financial services legislation in light of Brexit.

Mr. Ritson-Candler was recognised as a Rising Star for Financial Services: Non Contentious/Regulatory in The Legal 500 UK in both 2020 and 2021.

Mr. Ritson-Candler’s recent highlights have included advising:

  • Sixth Street Growth on its investment in a €285 million funding round for SumUp, a leading global financial services company
  • AllianceBernstein, a leading global investment management and research firm, on the formation of its joint venture with Société Générale
  • A new asset manager on a license application
  • The seller on the disposal of an asset management and private wealth group
  • A number of global investment banks on their Brexit planning strategies and the impact of a no-deal "Hard Brexit" on their business
  • A UK private bank and wealth manager by undertaking an in-depth review of the firm’s approach to suitability and reporting to the Board
  • A number of firms in their implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and the changes brought about by MLD5
  • A US based provider of indices in its negotiation to engage an authorised EU benchmark administrator
  • A number of global investment banks in relation to their use and/or sale of "big data" and the associated EU regulatory touchpoints
  • A listed company on the MAR implications of rolling out a global employee share scheme (in particular, in relation to PDMR transactions and decision making)
  • A number of financial services clients in relation to important firm-wide MiFID II preparation and implementation projects
  • A number of global investment banks on the implementation of the MiFID II product governance regime
  • A major investment bank (whilst on secondment) on its implementation of MAR*
  • A number of global investment banks and a market data provider on the implementation of the EU Benchmark Regulation, including seeking authorization as a benchmark administrator*
  • An e-commerce platform on perimeter queries relating to the need for authorization as an e-money issuer or payment service provider*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • Legal Practice Course, University of Law, London Moorgate, 2013
  • LLB Law, University of Warwick, 2010
    First class honours