JOHN CASANOVA is a partner and has been practicing in the firm’s London office since 1999. He also practiced in the firm’s Singapore office from 2012 to 2016 and in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office from 1996 to 1999. He co-heads the firm’s EU Financial Services Regulatory group. He advises clients on a wide variety of US, English and EU financial services regulatory and transactional matters. He also advises on data protection and privacy matters. John works regularly with banks, payment service providers, investment managers, Fintech companies, brokers/dealers, payment systems and other financial intermediaries in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. He has assisted clients with setting up and operating regulated businesses and financial services joint ventures in the UK, the EU and in Asia. He also works with clients in responding to regulatory investigations and examinations. He has handled complex commercial transactions for regulated entities and acquisitions and disposals of regulated businesses and asset portfolios.
He is co-editor of Payment Services Law and Practice (2022) and has been a contributor to the Review of Banking and Financial Services and the Journal of International Banking Law. John is a former editor of Payments and Fintech Lawyer and has also been contributing editor to Butterworths Financial Regulation Service for Payment Systems and Electronic Money. John is an English-qualified solicitor and a member of the District of Columbia bar in the United States.
John is recognized in Legal 500 UK 2022 for Data protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory and Financial Services: Payments Law. He is also ranked in Chambers UK 2022 for Financial Services: Payments Law, where clients note “he’s very strong on payments and consumer credit work and stands out as being commercially sensitive and customer-focused.” In the 2021 edition, clients described him as “He's an extremely commercial lawyer, able to easily digest often complex information in order to produce effective opinions and guidance.” He is also ranked in Chambers FinTech 2020 where the London team is cited for its “robust financial regulatory and data privacy offering.” Commentators in the 2019 edition say “he is very much an expert in the payments industry, has good relationships and a strong team behind him.” John is also listed in Who’s Who Legal: Data 2020 and named as a Leading Lawyer in IFLR 1000 2017 for Financial Services Regulatory.