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Shaneil Shah

Baker & McKenzie Services Limited


Shaneil Shah is a senior associate in the Financial Services Regulatory Group in the London office.

Shaneil provides strategic regulatory advice to clients across the regulated sector, with a particular focus on the regulations applicable to fund managers, investment firms, market infrastructure, banks and insurers. He advises clients throughout their regulatory lifecycle, from pre-authorisation, through to business expansion and on responding to new regulatory developments. Shaneil also advises on contentious matters, including investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by financial regulators, internal regulatory investigations and financial services disputes.

Shaneil has particular experience advising clients on complex regulatory implementation projects, and has worked closely with a number of asset managers to launch novel products for both retail and wholesale investors. He also advises a wide range of clients on developments in ESG regulations, including the EU’s SFDR and Taxonomy Regulations and the UK’s ESG regime.

Shaneil has undertaken secondments to the London branch of a global investment bank (focusing on contentious matters) and to Baker McKenzie in Hong Kong.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising buy and sell-side firms on compliance with the regulatory regime, including IFR/IFD, MiFID II, ESG regulations, REMIT, EMIR, MAR, SFTR, the SSR, the UCITS Directive and the AIFMD.
  • Acting for a number of asset managers in respect of authorisation or registration applications before the FCA.
  • Advising a number of fund managers on new fund launches, including funds categorised under Articles 8 and 9 SFDR.
  • Providing credit risk mitigation opinions under both the Capital Requirements Regulation and Solvency II for a wide range of banks and insurers.
  • Advising a UK retail investment platform on the launch new investment products for pension customers and various customer transfers.
  • Advising a number fund managers and banks on their custody arrangements.
  • Advising a sovereign wealth fund on the implementation of its market abuse policies and procedures.
  • Advising on the regulatory implication of a global restructuring of a US banking and payments conglomerate.
  • Advising on the regulatory regime applicable to trading in and operating exchanges in relation to regulated UK and EU emissions allowances.
  • Advising insurers and insurance distributors on their regulatory obligations regarding the launch of new insurance products including life and linked-long term.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society England & Wales ~ United Kingdom (2019)


  • England & Wales (2019)


  • BPP University Law School (LPC) (2017)
  • University College London (LL.M. Master of Laws, International Commercial Law) (2016)
  • King's College London (LL.B. Bachelor of Laws) (2015)


  • English
  • French

Previous Offices

  • Hong Kong
  • Author, "Liquidity Mismatch in UCITS Schemes After Woodford," Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, May 2021