Albert Weatherill is an associate in the financial services group. Albert advises clients on a range of regulatory issues with a particular focus on the regulation of investment firms, asset managers and payment institutions. Albert has particular experience advising investment managers, retail and institutional brokers, US broker dealers, private equity firms, commodity traders, trading venues, market makers and high frequency traders, banks, payment institutions, and payment infrastructure providers in relation to a range of UK and EU regulatory regimes, including MiFID II, AIFMD, UCITS, EMIR, CRD IV and CRR, PSD II and the Electronic Money Directive, MAR, and the provisions of the FCA and PRA Handbooks. Albert also advises a range of financial institutions on their Brexit planning, including in relation to market access to EU Member States, access to market infrastructure, contractual continuity and Brexit-related amendments to UK legislation.
Albert has extensive experience advising on M&A and capital market transactions, restructurings and fundraisings involving financial institutions and other regulated entities, and has particular expertise advising private equity firms on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.
Albert's practice also focuses on the development, deployment and regulation of innovative financial services and products, particularly across mobile and digital banking and payments, platforms, cryptocurrencies and associated crypto market infrastructure (including exchanges, cryptoasset lending platforms, custodians and wallet providers), initial coin offerings, robo-advice, RegTech, blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Albert recently authored the UK chapter of Global Legal Insight's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019 and regularly contributes to publications on FinTech matters.
Albert is part of Norton Rose Fulbright's FinTech practice and founded the firm's global payments practice group.
Prior to qualification, Albert was seconded to the trade association of the UK payments industry, gaining experience working closely with the UK's payment schemes, banks and payment infrastructure providers.