Global Co-head of Fintech, London
“I am a corporate lawyer offering technically sound, pragmatic and commercially focused advice to major corporates and financial institutions on their highest profile, most strategically noteworthy deals. I am efficient, approachable and aim to develop excellent working relationships with clients.”
Education and qualifications
Fionnghuala (Finn) advises on cross-border public and private M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the financial institutions sector. She has particular expertise in the UK ring-fencing regime and bank structural reform. She also counsels clients on general corporate governance matters. Finn has specialist knowledge of the fintech sector, including deep knowledge of how to approach M&A and consortium transactions within the sector together with understanding of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and its application to corporate transactions.
Finn was instrumental in developing a successful private company scheme of arrangement under the UK Companies Act 2006 to implement a merger of equals between two private companies with large shareholder bases, in reliance on the statutory process more commonly used for public company takeovers.
Finn previously completed secondments to the M&A legal team within Lloyds Banking Group and to the Financial Regulatory Group in Linklaters, providing her with in-depth knowledge of financial regulation in an M&A context and of the FIG sector.
Finn was named as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 in July 2016.
Finn has acted for clients in many major corporate transactions. These include advising:
- Deutsche Börse on its merger with London Stock Exchange Group (ultimately not completed due to the European Commission decision not to approve the merger), which entailed complex structuring and alignment of UK and German takeover regimes
- a consortium of international banks across different European jurisdictions on the development of a platform to support SME trade finance transactions using DLT
- Alent on the £1.4bn recommended offer by Platform Speciality Products effected through a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006
- Investec on its disposal of the Kensington Group
- Anglo American on the disposal of its 50% shareholding in Lafarge-Tarmac to its JV partner LafargeHolcim
- Lloyds Banking Group on aspects of the creation and disposal of TSB Banking Group
- HSBC on the disposal of its retail banking and insurance business in Panama
- Egg Banking on the disposal of its business through a series of separate transactions, including the transfer of its deposits and mortgage loans business through a Part VII Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) banking business transfer scheme
- the administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) on a proposed scheme of arrangement to allow the distribution of certain assets to creditors