Edward Black

gunnercooke LLP


About Edward

Edward has a broad and deep experience of the financial services sector having worked in this space for nearly thirty years. He has extensive expertise in all aspects of financial services and markets law and regulation as well as derivatives, funds and other financial products. His specialist experience as a regulatory, advisory and transactional financial services lawyer and as a compliance consultant includes investment funds (particularly hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investment funds); OTC as well as on-exchange derivatives and securities; proprietary traders including high frequency traders and automated traders; and regulation of exchanges, clearing houses and other financial markets and products.

In addition to being an English solicitor he was admitted as a member of the bar of the State of New York in 1983 and has practiced in both the UK and the US. Edward’s practice within the financial services and markets space has particularly focused on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional products, transactions and structures. His client base is both “buy-side” and “sell-side” and includes funds and asset managers and advisers; derivatives and securities brokers and dealers; investment banks, proprietary traders and corporate finance firms as well as family offices and institutional investors.

 Regulatory compliance: advising on a broad range of issues relating to conduct of investment business including the application of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), the principles and rules of the UK Financial Conduct Authority and EU financial services and markets Directives and Regulations.
 Particular experience with perimeter issues relating to the need for authorisation to carry on investment business in the UK – including perimeter advice on investment business, consumer credit and mortgage business.
 Preparation, negotiation and advice on a broad range of investment business products and services including asset management and investment advice, securities, OTC and on-exchange derivatives (trading and clearing), repos and securities lending, investment funds, structured products, depositary and custody
services, collateral management, prime brokerage agreements and investment management agreements as well as a broad range of other agreements relating to financial products and services.
 Fund formation, marketing and distribution (particularly alternative investment funds such as hedge funds and private equity funds and other alternative investment funds (AIFs)).

Years of experience


About their firm

Gunnercooke is one of the UK’s fastest growing challenger law firms. We are a full service corporate, finance and commercial firm with over 100 partners. We aim to challenge, improve and evolve the way that legal services are delivered to businesses, by building an environment for lawyers to both deliver great service, and achieve personal happiness.

We were established in September 2010 and in December 2015 reached over 100 partners, operating nationally from offices in London and Manchester.

The firm has won over 20 national and international awards for innovation and service and were recently shortlisted for UK law firm of the year at The British Legal awards.

We believe in being different and our main differentiating factors are:

Certainty over fees – We scope all matters in detail and provide clients with a fixed, certain cost wherever possible.

Certainty over seniority – We are a partner only model. All partners join us having spent at least 10 years at leading national and international firms or in business.

Certainty over innovation - We are committed to constantly improving the way that we work with clients. We will continue to invest in technology and training to ensure that our offering remains innovative and in-line with the progress of clients’ businesses.

These elements allow us to provide real value for money with brilliant client service at the heart of our offering.

For more information on how we stand out from other firms please view our short presentation at http://gunnercooke.com/about-us/