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Charles Russell Speechlys welcomes financial services Partner back to London office

Charles Russell Speechlys welcomes financial services Partner back to London office


Richard Ellis re-joins Charles Russell Speechlys, bolstering the Financial Services team, marking the fourth Partner addition this year

Charles Russell Speechlys has announced the return of Richard Ellis to its London office as a Partner in the Financial Services Regulation & Funds practice. This move signifies his second stint with the firm, contributing to the growing strength of the Business Advisory & Transaction Services Division.

As a seasoned financial services lawyer, Richard Ellis brings substantial experience in regulatory matters. His day-to-day activities involve advising on the nuances of UK financial services regulation and guiding clients through the FCA authorization process. His clientele spans exchanges, trading facilities, proprietary trading firms, and investment managers.

One notable aspect of Richard's expertise lies in the Fintech sector, where he has cultivated strong ties and received instructions from payment services firms, crowdfunding platforms, and crypto-asset businesses. His background with a Lloyd's of London insurer provides him with a practical understanding of how financial services law operates in real-world scenarios, allowing him to apply valuable insights to his client work.

In his role, Richard Ellis will collaborate closely with William Garner, the Head of the Financial Services Regulation & Funds team. Together, they aim to build and nurture client relationships within the private capital sphere, while also supporting broader cross-practice business objectives.

William Garner, Partner and Head of Financial Services Regulation & Funds, expressed enthusiasm about Richard's return, highlighting his collaborative nature, industry expertise, and strong client relationships. Garner emphasized that Richard's decade-plus experience in private practice and in-house roles positions him well to navigate the complex needs of private capital clients amidst a dynamically evolving regulatory landscape.

Richard Ellis, in response to his return, expressed pleasure in re-joining Charles Russell Speechlys. He looks forward to working with the team to strengthen and expand the practice into new areas and market segments. Acknowledging the firm's great culture and client base, he expressed excitement about contributing to its continued success.