Ian Mason Partner Head of UK Financial Services Regulation


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1991 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  London




Ian Mason

Ian Mason 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. He advises on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues, both non-contentious and contentious. He has significant experience in regulatory investigations, both in enforcement and on the defence side, representing firms and individuals such as CEOs, Heads of Compliance, MLROs and Heads of Trading

Ian's clients have included banks, asset and fund managers, inter-dealer 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.

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, senior management responsibility, Brexit and advising on cross-border regulatory issues.

Ian also advises on the regulatory aspects of FinTech, including ICOs, crypto-currency and blockchain developments.

Ian is author of a number of books and articles on financial services, including books on hedge fund regulation and money laundering. Previous media appearances and as a commentator include the Financial Times, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC Breakfast News, and Thomson Reuters. He also has his own Practical Law market conduct column.

Ian is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on financial services topics.

Follow Ian Mason on Twitter @MrDVader

Ian Mason

Ian Mason
@MrDVader

RT @GowlingWLG_UK: 🏃‍♀️ We are proud to announce that Gowling WLG has been appointed as exclusive Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingha… Ian Mason (@MrDVader) Aug 19,2019

Ian Mason

Ian Mason
@MrDVader

I am enjoying In Two Minds too, having previously read None So Blind, which I also enjoyed. Both recommended. I enjoyed your @CrimeCymru panel at the Bristol Crimefest https://t.co/4yspZ8RKpZ Ian Mason (@MrDVader) Aug 13,2019

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      May 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), partner
  • 2016

    • Career
      January 2016
      DLA Piper, director
  • 2013

    • Career
      June 2013
      Thomson Reuters UK Legal, head of content strategy
  • 2012

    • Career
      April 2012
      Practical Law Company, head of financial and corporate crime
  • 2010

    • Career
      September 2010
      Baker & McKenzie, partner
  • 2005

    • Career
       2005
      Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, partner
  • 1998

    • Career
       1998
      Financial Services Authority, head of department, enforcement division
  • 1995

    • Career
       1995
      London Stock Exchange, manager
  • 1991

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1991
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1987

    • Career
       1987
      Travers Smith
  • 1984

    • Education
       1984
      University of Cambridge, MA, Law, First class honours