Conor leads Norton Rose Fulbright's government relations and public policy (GRPP) practice and is an Of Counsel specialising in banking and securities law. He and his team advise clients on legislative and regulatory matters pertaining to cross-border transactions, the provision of financial services and access to markets ranging from agricultural commodities to structured finance products. His clients include agribusinesses, asset managers, banks, commodity trading companies, exchange groups, proprietary traders, major industrials, oil and gas producers and utilities. He also advises a treaty-based international financial organisation and a US self-regulatory organization.
Conor has over a decade's experience working on some of the most complex financial markets regulatory challenges. He served on the European Commission's derivatives expert group, which devised the first clearing obligations for over-the-counter (OTC) derivative contracts. He assisted market infrastructure clients in securing recognition for US central counterparties under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) regime. He also led lobbying for a large group of commodity market participants, which delivered equivalence decisions in respect of third country markets located in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore. He has since June 2016 advised UK legislators and a UK government department on European Union financial services law and the Brexit process.
Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Conor led a Brussels-based government relations practice where he worked with a wide range of clients across the commodities and financial services sectors. Previously Conor worked for oil and gas company Total, where he managed engagement with governments and stakeholder groups on the company's exploration and production activities in Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia. He worked previously in the European Commission's foreign and security policy directorate general in Brussels and began his career with the Washington, DC office of Eurasia Group - a leading risk advisory firm.
Conor is a solicitor qualified in England and Wales. He is a graduate of BPP University Law School, Georgetown University and Trinity College, Dublin. He is a regular commentator for broadcast, internet and print media. An Irish national, his working languages are English and French.