Nikesh is dual-qualified. He was called to the Bar in 2010 and cross-qualified as a solicitor advocate (civil) whilst working in the London-based financial regulation practice of a major US law firm. In line with his background, Nikesh focuses on regulatory and disciplinary law and has a particular interest in financial regulation. As part of his pupillage, Nikesh is also developing a broader public and administrative law practice.
Nikesh's financial regulation practice is informed by his former role as a solicitor advising a range of leading financial institutions, including global banks and investment professionals, and experience at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In particular, as part of his prior employment, Nikesh spent six months on secondment to the FCA's Enforcement and Market Oversight Division, where he worked on investigations into firms and individuals. Nikesh also spent six months on secondment to Goldman Sachs in London, supporting the implementation of a European regulatory oversight programme. Additionally, Nikesh has experience in European corporate governance and responsible investment solutions through completing an internship at a former subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, MSCI Inc., in Brussels.
Nikesh's interest in broader public and administrative law matters stems from his MPhil master's degree studies at Cambridge (grade - distinction; thesis - EU Law Enforcement: Legitimacy, Accountability and Discretion) and subsequent work as a judicial review paralegal and advocate for the UK Home Office. In this latter role, he gained extensive tribunal advocacy experience, including appearing as the sole advocate in a case defended by Queen's Counsel.
Regulatory & Disciplinary
Through his prior practice as a financial regulation solicitor and secondments to the FCA and Goldman Sachs, Nikesh has experience in a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious FCA regulatory matters.
Nikesh's contentious financial regulation experience includes:
presenting to senior decision-making organs within the FCA;
regulatory interventions (e.g. variation of permissions, undertakings and skilled person reviews);
compelled information requests;
penalty calculations; and
regulatory remediation and restitution programmes.
Nikesh's non-contentious financial regulation experience includes advising on firm and individual regulatory authorisation applications and approvals (e.g. in relation to senior managers, approved persons, certification staff and controllers). Nikesh also advises on regulatory structuring matters and perimeter queries, particularly in relation to collective investment schemes and alternative investment funds.
As part of his pupillage, Nikesh is aiming to broaden his regulatory and disciplinary law practice beyond financial services to include:
the medical professions;
environmental issues; and
Nikesh is available to accept instructions in each of these areas in line with his experience.
Public & Administrative
Nikesh is available to accept instructions in suitable public and administrative law matters, including statutory appeals, inquiries, led judicial reviews and non-contentious advice on the powers of administrative functions of central and local government and other public and regulatory bodies.
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