Penny Sanders Director UK Financial Services Regulation

Speaks:  English, Italian

Qualified: 2001 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Penny Sanders

Penny Sanders has been supporting clients in the financial services industry since 2001: from initial considerations of whether a business needs authorisation to operate, through the authorisation process to acting as trusted adviser on regulatory matters as the firm gets down to the business of building profits and a sound reputation.

Penny's clients include investment and retail banks, insurers, exchanges, platforms, fund managers and intermediaries, challenger banks, blockchain startups, ICO issuers and retail credit providers.

An active Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and industry working parties, Penny remains immersed in the financial services sector as it evolves under the impact of European, UK and global regulation.

Penny was recognised in 2017's prestigious Acritas Stars database as a 'star lawyer'.

One of the most interesting opportunities I have had was to work with the authorities in Mongolia to set up the legal framework to govern their developing stock market. We started from scratch and developed the law to govern the buying and selling of securities and the rules for the stock exchange to run by. Similarly the new world of ICOs and cryptocurrencies is pushing the regulatory boundries for our team and our clients.


PRA and FCA regulated firms and commercial companies on the periphery of financial regulation.


Working with new financial businesses, with innovative models, to provide regulatory solutions and guidance, quite often with a cross-border element and where the business founders have elected the UK as their establishment of choice.

Supporting new businesses in their applications to the PRA and the FCA for authorisation or change of control: from challenger banks to the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Working with firms from fund managers, pension fund trustees to fixed income traders to ensure successful and pragmatic implementation of EU legislation such as MiFID2, the AIFMD, CRD IV and EMIR.

Published Articles

What will happen to passporting rights post-Brexit?

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK), director
      UK Financial Services Regulation
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, head of financial services regulation
  • 2012

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, director
  • 2007

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, associate
  • 2001

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