Global law firm Hogan Lovells has announced the hire of financial regulatory lawyer Eoin O’Connor, the former head of regulatory for the firm Walkers in Ireland, as a partner to its Global Regulatory practice and as a Dublin managing partner.
O’Connor will work closely with antitrust and competition partner Christopher Hutton to build the firm’s presence in Dublin. He previously served as the head of regulatory for Walkers’ firm in Ireland where he advised clients on the expansion of the Irish financial services sector following the Brexit vote.
O’Connor advises on compliance with industry guidance, legislation and codes issued by the Central Bank of Ireland, prudential requirements, Irish authorisation and licensing issues, asset disposal projects by Irish and international clients.
He also advises on ongoing compliance with conduct of business, consumer protection and other requirements, anti-money laundering, data protection, financial institution M&A and the regulation of securitisation activities.
Alice Valder Curran, head of the firm’s Global Regulatory and IPMT practice said: “The regulatory and economic landscape is rapidly evolving and increasingly complex. Eoin’s wealth of experience will help clients with operations in Ireland and elsewhere approach it not as an obstacle, but as a source of opportunity.
“I’m delighted to welcome Eoin to our preeminent UK and global regulatory team.”
Sharon Lewis, Financial Institutions and Insurance Sector Group head said: “Eoin’s move to Hogan Lovells creates new opportunities for us with clients in key sectors such as financial institutions, for a number of which Ireland is their European home.
“These clients increasingly require EU regulatory advice as we transition towards a new post-Brexit environment. I am delighted to welcome Eoin to the team and look forward to working with him as he grows our financial services regulatory capabilities from Dublin.”
O’Connor’s hire follows the firm’s launch of a Dublin office in March this year, and broadens the firm’s practice offering to clients in key sectors.