Lloyds Banking disputes chief quits for Clutch Group

Lloyds Banking Group lawyer Aamir Khan has joined global LPO Clutch Group as general counsel and senior director of UK business.

Based in London, Khan will be responsible for expanding US-based Clutch Group’s presence in the UK financial services space. A press statement said: ”[Khan will] respond to the regulatory and litigation needs of UK financial firms [and] will continue to develop innovative technology to offer economical solutions to challenges facing UK and EU companies.

It added: ”The US has seen significant ramp up in legal and regulatory enforcement across several industries in recent years. Businesses in the UK and the European Union (EU) are now facing a similar ramp up.”

He joins the group from Lloyds, where he was head of legal disputes and contentious regulation.

Clutch CEO Abhi Shah said that this was a “critical” hire for the group as it will help expand its presence in the UK and meet the growing needs of European financial services.

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