Iain Sheridan graduated with a Diploma in Law from Exeter University in 1995. He was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1997 and qualified at One Crown Office Row. Additionally, he trained with Paul Phillips in the Financial Services Regulation practice at Allen & Overy. He holds degrees from Cambridge (MPhil), LSE (MSc) and Oxford (MBA), and also an Advanced Diploma in International Tax from the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
His legal expertise is rooted in Financial Services Regulation. This includes advising on compliance with FCA rules, FSMA and all aspects of the MiFID regime. This also requires a detailed and strategic understanding of EU and UK data regulations. Further, he has advised FinTech businesses concerning intellectual property and global corporate taxation relevant to innovation.
Over the last 20 years Iain Sheridan has acted for, against or alongside the following businesses: ABN AMRO, Accenture, Bank of America, Barclays, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fox-Pitt, Goldman Sachs, HP Autonomy, HSBC, IBM, Intel, JC Flowers & Co, Lenovo, Macquarie, JP Morgan Chase, RBS, Santander Group, Société Générale, TP ICAP, Tradeweb and Wall Street Systems. Between 2007-9 he was also Head of Legal (Europe and Asia) for Fox-Pitt Kelton, a financial services sector dedicated investment bank.
Preventative Dispute Management
He has provided advice, drafting, negotiation and renegotiation of complex commercial contracts, such as the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreements. Other types of high-risk business contracts he has worked on includes trading and settlement systems agreements. In his experience, it is only on breach or termination that weaknesses are exposed in many negotiated and signed international contracts. The consequences can be unnecessary financial loss, damage to reputation and time wasted on managing litigation.
He looks to prevent disputes or curb litigation by negotiating or renegotiating agreements, especially companies competing in the Financial Services and Technology sectors.
The global Financial Services sector includes a vast number of investment banks, fund managers, hedge funds and private equity firms. Iain Sheridan has advised or represented the following businesses on contractual, regulatory or dispute-resolution matters: ABN AMRO, Bank of America, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fox-Pitt, RBS and Société Générale.
Iain Sheridan has advised on or negotiated a variety of main and service-level agreements that all include intellectual property issues. This has often involved computer trading systems or telecommunications agreements. He has acted on behalf of, against or alongside Accenture, Bloomberg, IBM, HP Autonomy, Orange Business Services, Intel, Lenovo, Thomson Reuters, Verizon and Wall Street Systems.
Whether based in the Financial Services or Technology sectors, he is committed to act independently and for long-term interests.
Iain Sheridan is a Chartered Arbitrator and a former member of the Vienna Bar. He has been instructed by both the OECD and the United Nations to train High Court judges on the New York Convention. He is familiar with the rules and procedures of the LCIA and the VIAC (Vienna International Arbitral Centre).