Cadwalader Adds Financial Regulatory Lawyer Alix Prentice in London

December 08, 2022

New partner returns to Cadwalader at critical juncture in UK regulatory environment.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP today announced the addition of financial regulatory partner Alix Prentice in the firm’s London office.

Prentice was previously with Cadwalader as a special counsel from 2008 to 2012, and she now re-joins from King & Wood Mallesons, where she was the firm’s Head of EUME Regulatory Practice.   

Prentice has over 20 years of experience (some gained at the regulator level) of advising on regulatory requirements across a range of industries and asset classes, including family offices and private investors, hedge and other alternative fund managers, private equity, banks, broker-dealers, custodians, distributors and issuers. She has particular expertise in alternative investment funds and the documentation of investments into these vehicles, as well as significant experience with regulated mergers and acquisitions, some involving complex changes of control.

“Cadwalader is synonymous with financial regulatory and general financial services expertise, and Alix brings considerable experience and a great reputation to our firm,” said Cadwalader managing partner Pat Quinn. “We are very excited to have her.”

Added Gregory Petrick, Cadwalader’s London managing partner, “We are delighted to welcome Alix back to Cadwalader. Alix has deep regulatory experience that is critical to our practice, all the more so as government considers proposals for the regulation of financial institutions and products within the UK jurisdiction. ”

Added partner James Frazier, co-chair of Cadwalader’s Financial Services Group: “Our exceptional transatlantic Financial Services practice guides leading financial institutions on regulatory changes in the U.S. and the UK/Europe. Alix will be another great resource for our financial services clients on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

Having spent more than 10 years in practice in U.S.-headquartered law firms (some of which in New York and Washington), Prentice is well-versed in assisting U.S. and other overseas financial services businesses coming into the UK.

“Even though Cadwalader is widely known as a preeminent Wall Street firm, it has an exceptional reputation in the London and European financial services community,” Prentice said. “Cadwalader is in elite company when it comes to advice to financial institutions, and I am excited to come back and to assist in expanding the firm’s broad transatlantic capabilities.”

Prentice’s arrival is another important addition to Cadwalader’s London team. Cadwalader expanded its private credit and special situations capabilities in London through the addition of partners Bevis Metcalfe and Matthew Smith. Across the firm, in the last 18 months, Cadwalader has also added partners Kenneth Breen and Phara Guberman (White Collar Defense), Angela Batterson (Finance), Jon Brose (Tax), Kiran Kadekar (Corporate), Helen Maher (Global Litigation) and Mike Rupe (Financial Restructuring) in New York and Michael Bergmann (Corporate), Peter Malyshev (Financial Services) and Mercedes Tunstall (Financial Services) in Washington, D.C.