Oliver Woodhouse (Capital Law)

Oliver Woodhouse

Oliver is a regulatory lawyer in our Financial Services team.

Oliver provides commercial regulatory advice to a range of clients. He has significant experience in the InsurTech and FinTech sectors, and also works for a range of more traditional financial service businesses. He is also building a specialism in Cryptoasset regulation.

Expertise includes: managing business-critical regulatory projects; preparing applications for FCA authorisation; Brexit contingency planning and project-managing overseas regulatory submissions; supporting clients to launch innovative regulated products; providing technical advice on the UK’s regulatory perimeter including implementation of new rules; and drafting of TOBAs, IPIDs, outsourcing agreements, compliance manuals and other regulatory agreements.

  • Advising a leading UK challenger bank on its proposed entry into the insurance market via its banking app.
  • Working with a FinTech client to develop a digital share trading platform for retail/professional clients. Advising on MIFID requirements, developing client on-boarding processes and suitability/appropriateness questionnaires, disclaimer / risk warnings and supporting with financial promotions material.
  • Helping global InsurTech Cover Genius navigate Brexit, including securing a regulatory licence in the Netherlands, and developing associated regulatory business plan and supporting materials.
  • Project managing several FCA application processes for a variety of tech-focused businesses disrupting the traditional market; including drafting of regulatory business plans, advising on proposed regulated activities, structure and internal regulatory framework.
  • Providing strategic planning, training and assistance to various regulated firms, including traditional financial service businesses and FinTechs, in preparation for the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (“SMCR”);
  • Reviewing European product distribution structure for an InsurTech client, including treatment of ancillary insurance intermediaries introduced by the IDD; and regulatory treatment of a new motor insurance solution for the European market, planned as a joint venture with an Estonian partner;
  • Advising a European InsurTech on integration of PSD2 Strong Customer Authentication requirements.
  • Preparing a legal opinion and engaging with the FCA Innovate Team for a European Blockchain / Cryptoasset client regarding categorisation of different tokens and a substantial review against MIFID, FSMA and the RAO. One token operating as a public blockchain solution for the commodities market; a second token operating distinct from this providing physically settled benefits to the holder.
  • Leading the response to the FCA’s Guidance on Cryptoassets Paper (CP19/3) in Q1 2019 on behalf of Capital Law and the Cryptoasset Professional Advisory Group (of which Capital Law is a founding member). This demonstrated sector leading knowledge, with the majority of the suggestions on regulatory treatment of Cryptoassets that were raised matching subsequent industry guidance published by the FCA in July 2019 (FCA Policy Statement 19/22).
  • Regulatory advice for traditional financial service and disruptive businesses; key specialisms in the FinTech, InsurTech and blockchain/cryptoasset sectors
  • FCA authorisation, variation of permissions, and change of control applications
  • Advising on the interpretation and implementation of FCA, PRA and EU regulation
  • Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MIFID II”) and regulated investment services
  • Electronic Money Regulations and Payment Services Regulations (including underlying European level directives)
  • Regulatory aspects of insurance – including: Solvency II and the Insurance Distribution Directive
  • Interaction of cutting-edge technology and financial service regulation
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating a range of commercial contracts and regulatory agreements
  • Transactional work for regulated and technology firms.

Career

  • Solicitor, Capital Law Limited (May 2018 – present)
  • Solicitor, Gateley Plc (Aug 2017 – May 2018)
  • Trainee Solicitor, Gately Plc (Aug 2015 -Aug 2017)

Education

  • University of Law: LPC, Distinction (2014 – 2015)
  • Birmingham City University: Bachelor of Laws LLB, First Class Hons (2011 – 2014)