Ian Mason

Partner, Gowling WLG

Ian is Head of the UK Financial Services Regulation Team and has more than 20 years’ experience as a financial services regulatory lawyer providing advice on a broad range of matters, including FCA/PRA authorisation, supervision and enforcement. He is a former Head of Department in the Enforcement Division at the financial services regulator, as well as having worked in-house, and advising firms and individuals in private practice.

Ian advises on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues, both contentious and non-contentious. He has significant experience in regulatory investigations, both in enforcement and on the defence side, representing firms and individuals.

Ian’s clients have included banks, asset and fund managers, interdealer brokers, listed companies, senior bankers, traders and Board members. Ian has also provided Skilled Person reports to the regulator.

Ian has significant expertise in advising on market abuse and financial crime issues, both in an enforcement and compliance context. He has also advised on client asset and client money issues.

Ian’s non-contentious practice includes advising on the regulatory aspects of corporate and finance transactions, financial promotions and regulatory perimeter issues, MAR, AIFMD, MiFID II, EMIR, suitability, client money and custody, FinTech/RegTech, senior management responsibility, and advising on cross-border regulatory issues.