Patrick Brandt focuses on financial regulatory matters. He handles non-contentious and contentious regulatory issues for a wide variety of financial institutions, including banks, asset managers, brokers and intermediaries.


Mr. Brandt works closely with Skadden’s Investment Management Group.

Mr. Brandt is a former regulator, having worked for the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority. He joined Skadden in 2011, having been a partner at a major U.K. law firm. He is recommended in Chambers UK, being described as “intelligent, thorough, knowledgeable and commercial” and having a “wide breadth of regulatory skills and knowledge and excellent customer-service ethic.” His career highlights have included:

  • advising BlackRock in relation to its purchase of MGPA, Macquarie’s real estate funds business. This transaction was named “Global Deal of the Year” for 2013 by PERE Magazine;
  • advising BlackRock in relation to its purchase of Credit Suisse’s European ETF business;
  • advising the founding principals of Trailstone LLC in their departure from Deutsche Bank AG and in the formation and capitalisation of a global energy and commodities investment and trading platform;
  • advising TPG on its acquisition of The Warranty Group, an extended warranty focused insurance group;
  • advising the NASDAQ OMX Group on the acquisition of the eSpeed platform for electronic trading in U.S. Treasury securities from BGC Partners;
  • drafting EU regulatory disclosures for numerous SEC 10-K and IPO filings;
  • advising new EU entrants and family offices on regulatory perimeter and fund marketing issues. Assisting applicants for authorisation with an assessment of their solo and consolidated capital requirements;
  • advising private equity and hedge fund managers on the application of the AIFMD and local private placement regimes to their marketing plans;
  • advising buy-side clients on EMIR application to their EU operations;
  • advising on sundry MIFID related issues including scope issues, transaction reporting requirements, dealing commission and future MIFID 2 application to trading platforms;
  • coordinating multiple regulatory change of control applications in the U.K., EU and Asia Pacific;
  • advising investment managers and banks on a variety of issues arising from the remuneration requirements found in CRD IV, the AIFMD and MIFID;
  • advising an international banking group on the application of the EU bonus cap;
  • advising on the impact of the EU’s single banking regulator and EU bank recovery and resolution laws;
  • advising on sundry market abuse issues;
  • advising clients on regulator relationship-management issues;
  • advising a structured product and unregulated CIS provider on customer-facing documentation and FSCS issues;
  • reviewing client money and custody arrangements for two investment managers;
  • advising on and negotiating white-labelled discretionary management documentation for a wealth manager;
  • assisting a wealth manager on the U.K. aspects of changes to its investment research department;
  • conducting regulatory due diligence on an EU regulated market;
  • advising a broker-dealer on the European regulatory issues that affected the setting up of a multilateral trading facility;
  • advising an electricity supplier on whether changes to its electricity forward contracts would result in them becoming regulated derivatives;
  • advising the board of a U.K. building society on regulatory capital issues and the use by regulators of special resolution powers;
  • acting for a stockbroker subject to FSA enforcement action for regulatory capital failings;
  • acting for a fund manager in respect of the FSA’s split capital investment trust investigations;
  • acting for a U.K. bank in respect of FSA enforcement action following AML procedural issues;
  • acting for two separate banks subject to enforcement action following back office failings;
  • advising an individual stockbroker in connection with a regulatory investigation; and
  • advising payment services providers on sanctions lists, AML, Payment Services and E-Money Directive issues.

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Memberships Law Society
  • The Middle Temple
  • The Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers



  • M.A. (Hons), Law, University of Oxford, 1990
  • Bar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law, 1992


  • Solicitor, England & Wales

Patrick Brandt

Of Counsel, Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement; Investment Management