Howard Kennedy expands its financial regulatory expertise with RPC hire

London law firm Howard Kennedy is pleased to welcome financial services regulation specialist James Kaufmann as a partner in the firm’s capital markets team to head the financial regulation practice.

James joins the partnership from RPC, where he built extensive experience advising on all aspects of investment funds and has significant experience in areas such as the regulation around blockchain and the Senior Managers & Certification Regime. While at RPC, James built a stellar reputation adopting a holistic approach to advising clients, from the establishment of managers and funds to business life-cycle events. Latterly, James’ practice has expanded to advising on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, and he has quickly become recognised commentator on key trends in the sector.Prior to RPC, James spent seven years in-house, including five as General Counsel and Head of Compliance at a leading fund platform and two as COO of an alternative investment fund. Additionally, James also served as Chief Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Officer for FCA regulated firms for seven years.

Keith Lassman, partner and head of capital markets, said: “James is the ultimate renaissance man: he has turned his hand to such a variety of roles that he has a unique vantage point which he can bring to the table. We are extremely excited to work with James and are delighted to welcome him to the partnership.”

About Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy is a London based law firm offering straightforward advice to ambitious clients. With over 50 partners and 350 people in total, the firm is focused on a range of sector and legal specialisms. Their clients are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. Howard Kennedy is also one of only a few London based firms who offer a large private wealth offering alongside significant business law capability. They also advise major corporates on particular specialist legal matters who find their straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.


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Daryl Atkinson, Business Development & Marketing Director at Howard Kennedy