Global Co-head of Fintech, London
“I am a corporate and M&A lawyer offering technically sound, pragmatic and commercially focused advice to major corporates, financial institutions and fintechs on their highest profile deals. I am efficient and approachable, and aim to provide pragmatic, commercially-focused advice and develop excellent working relationships with clients.”
Education and qualifications
Fionnghuala (Finn) advises on cross-border public and private M&A transactions, and has extensive experience of working on a broad range of transactions within the financial institutions sector, including bank M&A transactions, loan portfolio sales/acquisitions, and regulatory-driven reorganisations. She has particular expertise in the UK ring-fencing regime and bank structural reform. Finn is also accustomed to advising on court processes, whether schemes of arrangements under the UK Companies Act 2006 or transfers of banking businesses under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. She also counsels clients on general corporate governance matters.
As a Global Co-head of Fintech within Linklaters, Finn also has specialist knowledge of the fintech sector, including deep knowledge of how to approach M&A (ranging from minority investments and strategic partnerships to full acquisitions) and consortium transactions within the sector.
Finn has enhanced her in-depth knowledge of advising financial institutions and fintech clients through secondments to the M&A legal team within Lloyds Banking Group and to the Financial Regulatory Group in Linklaters.
Finn is also London trainee recruitment partner for the firm, with responsibility for helping the firm to attract exceptional talent so as to build the future pipeline of leading lawyers and to celebrate diversity as part of the firm’s D&I strategy.
Finn was named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2020, and was also listed as a Next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 as part of Linklaters’ Tier 1 M&A practice.
Finn has led, or been a key adviser, on many major corporate and M&A transactions. These include advising:
- Investec on the demerger and listing of its asset management business, Ninety One, and on its disposal of the Kensington Group
- on the establishment and governance of Fnality International, as part of an ongoing project undertaken by a consortium of international banks and financial institutions to establish a peer-to-peer digital cash asset to settle tokenised transactions with finality
- Mondi Group on the simplification of its existing structure from a dual listed company structure to a single holding company structure under Mondi plc
- Lloyds Banking Group on its compliance with the UK ring-fencing regime, including the implementation of its ring-fenced structure and its court-approved ring-fencing transfer scheme under Part VII FSMA
- 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
- 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
- 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 FSMA banking business transfer scheme