Ashurst strengthens global financial services regulatory practice with partner hire in Hong Kong

Ashurst announces the appointment of Ben Hammond as a partner in its global financial services regulatory practice.

Ben, who will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, joins from Slaughter and May. Specialising in non-contentious regulatory work, he has wide-ranging experience in advising governmental organisations as well as some of the largest financial institutions and corporate organisations in the world on UK, EU and international regulatory issues.

Paul Jenkins, co-head of Ashurst’s global finance division, said:

“Financial regulation is a very important and busy practice for the firm. Ben’s hire is a key part of our strategic objective of operating with a truly global financial services practice, with a dedicated non-contentious practice in all the key financial centres.”

Rob Moulton, co-head of the global financial regulation practice, based in London, added:

“We are delighted to welcome Ben to the team. We have had an extremely busy past couple of years, shaped by the fast moving changes and the increasing complexity of the regulatory landscape. Ben’s appointment will greatly strengthen our market position in non-contentious regulatory work, as well as our cross-border offering and capability.”

Jonny Gordon, co-head of the global financial regulation practice, based in Sydney, said:

“Ben is a tremendous addition to the team. Hong Kong is a key financial centre for our clients in the Asia-Pacific region, and the addition of Ben in the non-contentious space complements our already strong contentious offering in the Hong Kong market and in the region generally. Ben is our second new partner in the financial regulation practice in the last 6 months, following the appointment of Corey McHattan as a partner in Sydney earlier this year. Our non-contentious regulatory specialists in Australia, Hong Kong and Tokyo, together with our contentious regulatory experts in those centres, enable us to service all of our clients’ regulatory requirements throughout the region.”

Ben Hammond added:

“This is an interesting and busy time to be a financial regulatory lawyer, and I am excited to be joining such a skilled, well regarded and dynamic team. Ashurst has very ambitious plans for the practice, and I’m looking forward to helping realise them.”

Ashurst has a strong and deep financial regulatory practice globally, with specialist partners based in London, Europe, the US, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

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