Aidan Lawes

Of Counsel
Jones Day

Aidan Lawes advises clients on matters relating to financial services regulation in the UK and Europe. Aidan brings a combination of technical private practice experience and real world knowledge of how financial institutions operate to clients gained from a number of years of senior in-house experience. He advises clients on the buy side and sell side, including banks (wholesale, private, and retail), mainstream asset managers, alternative fund managers, as well as regulated fund providers, broker dealers, platforms, depositaries, and corporate finance houses. Much of Aidan's work focuses on helping firms understand and navigate the swathes of European and UK domestic rules, especially European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), as well as the Securitisation Regulation, CRR, AIFMD, and MAR, as well as matters relating to Brexit. He also has extensive experience providing transactional support to M&A, banking, and funds departments regarding structuring, regulatory due diligence, and post-completion integration, particularly in cross-border matters. He currently sits on the UK Financial Markets Law Committee’s Securitisation Regulation Working Group. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, for a number of years Aidan was head of regulatory law in-house at Mizuho Bank's London Branch (a LIBOR panel bank), where he reviewed new legislation, provided detailed technical and legal advice, and led the implementation of projects across the region. In addition, he has recent experience liaising with senior European stakeholders from the Parliament, Commission, and national governments on proposed legislation. Between January 2017 mid 2018, Aidan served as chairman of the MiFID II working group of the Association of Foreign Banks. He now acts as Counsel to the working group.