DLA Piper has recruited prolific financial institutions lobbyist Michael McKee of the British Banking Association (BBA) into its partnership.
McKee, an executive director at BBA, is a significant hire for DLA Piper. He was a driving force behind an overhaul of enforcement procedures at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.
Daren Allen, DLA Piper UK financial services chief, said one of his aims when put in charge of his group more than two years ago was to grow the advisory side of the practice as it was contentious-heavy, and McKee’s hire does exactly that.
Prior to joining BBA in 2000, where he was promoted to executive director after three years, McKee was at Citigroup, where he was responsible for providing regulatory legal advice to the trading floors across Europe.
McKee, a former Clifford Chance litigation lawyer, will join DLA Piper’s non-contentious financial services team, which now operates within the firm’s litigation and regulatory practice.
“Michael’s knowledge of European regulations and the relationships he has fostered across Europe through the BBA makes him the perfect fit, as it offers a broader base to our clients,” added Allen.