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Ross McCartney

Ross McCartney

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Ross McCartney

Ross McCartney specialises in investigations and regulatory enforcement action - advising a range of financial institutions on compliance failings, financial crime, competition, internal investigations, skilled person reports and market abuse.

Ross also enjoys non-contentious matters, such as the approval of senior managers and corporate governance reviews.

Ross leverages his recent experience from time spent in-house and at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to best advise clients. He spent nine months (2019) at a major bank, managing the settlement of a high-profile contentious matter with the FCA. He also spent nine months (2017) as a legal adviser to the Regulatory Decisions Committee, providing a valuable insight into all contested matters determined by the FCA during that time.

Regulatory Investigations and Financial Crime Insights

The latest global trends, risks and developments in regulatory investigations and financial crime

  • an investment bank in relation to an FCA investigation into the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation. 
  • a financial institution in relation to an investigation by the Payment Systems Regulator.
  • an English subsidiary of a US headquartered bank on a governance review, against the backdrop of a skilled person review.
  • an authorised corporate director in relation to an FCA investigation into various investment funds. 
  • a major bank in relation to an internal investigation following criminal allegations made by a whistle blower.
  • a Chief Risk Officer of a retail bank in relation to an FCA investigation into the institution. 
  • an aviation insurance broker following a dawn raid and investigation by the FCA in relation to alleged improper information sharing.
  • prospective Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) ahead of FCA interviews for their approval.
  • an asset manager to prepare and implement dawn raid training and detailed procedures.
  • a global banking group in relation to the fallout from the Panama Papers leak across all key financial jurisdictions.
  • multiple hedge funds as holders of debt instruments and establishing defaults before the English Courts.
  • an investment bank in relation to alleged FX misconduct.
  • a major bank in relation to one of the UK's most significant banking frauds.

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Career and qualifications

  • Queen's University Belfast (Law and Accounting) (LLB) 2010
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2013
  • Associate Herbert Smith Freehills 2013
  • Solicitor Advocate since 2014
  • Associate Boies, Schiller and Flexner 2015
  • Associate Herbert Smith Freehills 2016
  • Secondment to the Regulatory Decisions Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority 2017
  • Senior Associate Herbert Smith Freehills 2018
  • Secondment to the contentious regulatory team at a major bank 2019
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Senior Associate 2020

Professional bodies

  • Financial Services Lawyers Association