Travers Smith appoints two lawyers to Senior Counsel


Travers Smith LLP has announced the promotion of two lawyers to Senior Counsel.

The new Senior Counsel and their principal areas are:

Natalie Lewis – Financial Services & Markets

Natalie Lewis specialises in financial services and markets regulation and is a core member of Travers Smith's Fintech, Market Infrastructure and Payments (FMIP) Group. She has considerable experience of working with financial market infrastructure (FMI) clients and has advised the main UK and international payment and settlement systems on the broad spectrum of UK, EU, and other international laws and regulations affecting FMIs.

Natalie also regularly advises other financial markets participants, particularly payment institutions, electronic money institutions, fintechs and EU and non-EU private equity and alternative asset managers, on a wide range of legal regulatory issues affecting their business and their products.

She has an unparalleled understanding of the clearing, settlement and payments industries.  Natalie previously worked at clearing house, LCH and has been seconded to Euroclear UK and Ireland Limited and Pay.UK Limited, the single payment system operator for the UK's three retail payment systems: Bacs, Faster Payments and the Image Clearing System. Natalie is a member of the Financial Markets Law Committee’s Infrastructure Scoping Forum and Invest Europe's Tax, Legal and Regulatory Committee and its Working Group on Derivatives.

Paul McComb – Competition

Paul advises on a range of EU and UK competition law and antitrust matters.

He has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings and regularly advises clients on the merger control implications of a range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and minority stakes. Paul has significant experience of assisting clients with obtaining merger control approvals from competition authorities, including the UK Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission and has also advised clients in appeal proceedings before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

In addition to merger control, Paul is experienced in advising on antitrust and cartel investigations, including applications for leniency and regularly advises clients on the competition law aspects of commercial agreements.

Paul has experience across a number of industry sectors, including financial services, technology, construction, transport and retail.

Natalie's tenure as Senior Counsel has been effective from 1 September 2019. Paul's appointment is effective from 1 January 2020.

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