Linklaters further bolsters financial regulatory practice with FCA hire

Linklaters today announces the hire of Celyn Armstrong, who joins the Financial Regulatory Group as Counsel. He was previously at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for seven years, leading some of the regulator’s most high profile cases and most recently leading the Enforcement Policy team. 

He has worked on wholesale and retail cases with particular experience in cases involving investment firm systems and controls, alleged market abuse, fair treatment of retail customers and responsibilities of listed companies.  

He was a senior associate at Allen & Overy for five years before joining the FCA.  

Celyn’s hire adds his considerable enforcement and regulation expertise to the firm’s existing top-tier contentious and non-contentious financial regulation practices. He is the latest hire to the group, following Nik Kiri and Martyn Hopper, both specialists in contentious regulation in the financial services sector, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills in 2013.  

Michael Kent, Global Head of Financial Regulation at Linklaters, said: “His appointment is a direct result of client demand and the increasing requests from the firm’s existing clients on contentious matters. In conjunction with Martyn Hopper and Nik Kiri’s arrivals last year, he enables us to strengthen our market position in contentious regulatory work and better support our clients in the area of regulatory enforcement.”  

The firm’s unique contentious and non-contentious regulatory practice continues to advise the leading financial institutions on their most complex and significant matters.