William Yonge specializes in UK and European financial services regulatory advice in the private investment funds and financial institutions sectors. Clients include hedge, private equity, and other fund managers, and banks, broker-dealers, corporate finance firms, institutional investors, insurers, other financial institutions, and market associations. William frequently handles regulatory matters that arise during fund formations, mergers and acquisitions, and investment management business creations, and advises on agreements with customers and service providers.
With years of experience in high-finance law, William advises clients on proposed and current European legislation such as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), Markets in Financial Instruments Directives (MiFID I, MiFID II), Capital Requirements Directives (CRD), European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directives, and the Short Selling Regulation.
He advises on operational, regulatory, and compliance matters regarding the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), such as authorization, conduct of business, financial promotion, anti-money laundering, market abuse, regulatory capital, systems and controls, cross-border business, and changes of control. He also provides strategic advice on how to prepare for new regulatory requirements.
William also represents several hedge fund sponsors on establishing, structuring, and marketing their funds and advises them on legal issues concerned with derivatives and prime brokerage.
William serves as chair of our London office Pro Bono Committee.
He previously practiced in the investment management and private investment funds group of the London office of another international law firm. Prior to entering private practice, he served as an in-house lawyer at the Securities and Investments Board (now the Financial Services Authority) and the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation.
Addressing hot regulatory issues, William frequently writes articles for such publications as FX-MM, Funds Europe, EuroWatch, Lexology, Alternative Intelligence Quotient, the Hedge Fund Journal, and the Journal of Investment Compliance. He also speaks regularly at hedge fund and private equity conferences and events.