David Blair
Head of Financial RegulationOsborne Clark
David leads our Financial Regulation team.

With more than a decade’s experience advising in the financial services sector, he offers clients practical advice on the impact of regulations on their businesses. He advises clients on all aspects of the UK and European financial services regulatory regime, including marketing and promotion, conduct of business, market conduct, market abuse, financial crime and prudential matters.

His clients are primarily based in the fund management, corporate finance and investment dealing sectors. He works with asset managers, investment managers, crowdfunding platforms, securities firms, advisory firms, IFAs, private banks and broker-dealers. His work includes advising on the scope and application of regulatory rules stemming from the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA); the FCA Handbook; and European Directives in the financial services arena (including AIFMD, MiFID, EMIR, CRD and IMD).

David qualified in 2000 and joined Osborne Clarke as head of Financial Regulation in 2011. In 2006 he spent a period on secondment to the London Stock Exchange to help draft its new rules.