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

RT @GowlingWLG_UK: Kam Dhillon discusses the FCA's tightening rules on P2P lending platforms in @AccountancyLive. Read the full story: http… Ian Mason (@MrDVader) Jun 20,2019

Ian Mason

Ian Mason

RT @GowlingWLG_UK: The #FCA has released new rules for #crowdfunding platforms. Think your business might be affected? Our Financial Servic… Ian Mason (@MrDVader) Jun 14,2019

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 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
      Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, partner
  • 1998

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

    • Career
      London Stock Exchange, manager
  • 1991

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

    • Career
      Travers Smith
  • 1984

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