Jacqui Hatfield



Jacqui heads up the financial services regulatory team in London and is co-chair of Orrick's global Blockchain and Cryptocurrency group. She has more than 20 years' experience in providing international regulatory advice across the broad spectrum of the financial services regulated community.

Jacqui's clients include asset managers, brokers, banks, fund managers, fund platforms, payment service providers, e-money issuers, Fintech companies, exchanges and corporate finance boutiques.

She provides regulatory advice to both the buy side and sell side and covers both retail and wholesale business. Typical work includes advising on issues relating to authorization, structuring, outsourcing, systems and controls, conduct of business, financial resources, market abuse, EU directives, promotion and distribution of investments, money laundering, payment services and consumer credit. Typical work also includes providing regulatory advice on transactions within the financial services sector.

Jacqui is particularly active in the Fintech space, with clients including peer to peer lending platforms, challenger banks, app payment providers, investment and property crowd funding platforms, robo advisers and wealth management platforms, alternative investment fund managers and on-line broker dealers. Jacqui also has significant experience advising on blockchain, digital currencies and ICOs. The 2017 UK Legal 500 states that “although she is active across the spectrum of financial services regulatory issues including on behalf of banks, brokers and fund managers, Jacqui is particularly noted for her Fintech expertise.”

Jacqui’s practice has been described in Legal 500 as 'very responsive, proactive' practice led by 'extremely knowledgeable', 'truly outstanding' financial services regulatory expert Jacqui Hatfield. She has 'in-depth understanding of an emerging, evolving market', and is 'a straight talker' with 'a clear understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrencies'.

    • Advising a technology software company on the onboarding requirements of banks for the purposes of designing a software product for use by banks.
    • Advising robo advisers and a challenger bank on their regulatory responsibilities and ongoing compliance.
    • Advising a number of clients on the regulatory aspects of ICO’s and blockchain applications.
    • Advising fintech companies on whitelabelling transactions.
    • Advising a number of ‘fintech’ start-up companies on various regulatory matters, including the payment services and e-money regulations.
    • Advising a bank on custody and client money requirements and on conflicts and insider dealing issues.
    • Drafting and updating conflicts of interest policies, insider dealing policies, compliance manuals, trading manuals, compliance monitoring programs and ICAAPs for a number of companies.
    • Assisting on the authorizations of a bank, an insurance company, a custodian, an emoney firm, a payment services firm and a fund manager, including assisting with the drafting of all supporting documentation and liaising with the FCA.
    • Carrying out a health check of a wealth management arm of a private bank and of a corporate finance house.
    • Advising consumer credit lenders on their regulatory responsibilities and assisting with the appointment of appointed representatives to carry on debt collection services.
    • Investigating and reporting upon a suspicious trading incident at a trading house.
    • Assisting in a number of variation of permission applications and change of legal status applications.
    • Advising a company on market abuse issues.
    • Advising a company seeking a waiver from consolidated supervision.
    • Advising a bank outsourcing its back office and some of its front office to Bangalore.
    • Advising numerous companies on the appointed representative regime.
    • Advising on a number of IPOs, asset purchases and sale purchases involving financial service regulated entities.
    • Advising a number of energy traders on authorization requirements and available exemptions and on EMIR requirements.
    • Advising a UK insurance broker on issues relating to selling insurance underwritten by a non-EEA insurance company in the UK.
    • Advising a company selling property interests in the UK, on regulatory and structuring issues.
    • Carrying out a compliance streamlining exercise for an investment bank, including identifying key issues applying in the UK and comparing these to other global jurisdictions.
    • Advising a company setting up a fund platform and advising fund managers wishing to include their funds on fund platforms.
    • Providing strategic advice to an insurer on the regulatory aspects of restructuring and relocating the insurer’s business operations.
    • Assisting in an authorization for the UK business of a U.S. investment services company under the payment services regime.
    • Coordinating global regulatory reviews/legal inventories for a number of international financial services clients.
    • Advising on the regulatory aspects of a potential investment in a UK financial services and wealth management platform provider.
    • Providing UK regulatory advice to a banking client on shared employees and structuring their international business activities.
    • Advising Intu Properties plc on its joint venture with LaSalle Investment Management, acting on behalf of Greater Manchester Pension Fund and West Yorkshire Pension Fund, to jointly own the intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich.
    • Advising both Stripe and Goodwater Capital on a $93 million Series D financing round in Monzo.