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International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has hired partner Sean Donovan-Smith to expand its corporate team in London and head up its UK Financial Services Regulatory and Investment Funds practice.  

Sean joins the firm from Locke Lord where he was co-head of the global investment management and alternative funds practice group. Sean has almost 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having acted for a wide range of clients including funds, managers, advisers, distributors, brokers and futures traders. 

Sean has wide experience dealing with complex financial services matters, including derivative and futures products, regulatory compliance, cross-border regulatory issues and government affairs. He has also served as Commissioner and Counsel for the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport to examine expanding the UK's dormant assets regime and regularly works with policy makers and influencers on public policy matters.

Head of Corporate, Tim Nye commented:

"We are very excited to welcome Sean to the partnership and to the Corporate team. He brings extensive experience to our corporate practice in financial services which will enhance our offering to our clients."

Sean added:

"I am thrilled to be joining such a forward thinking and progressive firm as Trowers & Hamlins at a time when financial services regulation is constantly evolving. I look forward to helping our clients and driving the firm's future growth by developing our financial services and investment management practice group and working with our international group of lawyers."