Chris Finney: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Chris Finney

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Regulatory & Transactional Services
  • Public Policy & Government Relations
  • Business Law
EducationCollege of Law, York, (PGDL); Middlesex University, London (LL.B.)
AdmittedEngland & Wales


City of London Law Society
City of London Solicitors' Company
British Insurance Law Association
Financial Services Lawyers Association
Lloyd's Cycling Club


Chris advises insurers, reinsurers and (re)insurance distributors on UK and European regulatory issues.

Chris leads the UK non-contentious insurance team and is recognised by the 2015 edition of UK Chambers & Partners as a notable practitioner in this area. Chambers & Partners also note that Chris and his team are known for assisting “...clients with everything from regulatory issues to Part VII transfers...”, and regarded by clients as “excellent ... provides solid advice across a wide range of regulatory and transactional work that includes new start-ups.

Chris has also been recommended by the UK Legal 500 since 2012, which notes, for example, that he: is an “FSA alumnus”, has “excellent regulatory experience”, provides “thorough and responsive” advice across a range of UK and EU regulatory requirements, has “tremendous business and marketplace savvy”, and maintains “excellent relationships with regulatory agencies”.

Before Edwards Wildman

Chris spent almost a decade working in the General Counsel's Division at the Financial Services Authority, where he advised the FSA on its supervision of insurers, reinsurers, brokers and banks. Chris' FSA experience includes drafting the FSA rules that implement the Distance Marketing Directive and the E-Money Directive in the UK. Chris also drafted the non-MiFID parts of the FSA's COBS sourcebook, and parts of the GENPRU, IPRU and SUP manuals.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Chris is a keen cyclist. He's a member of the Lloyd's Cycling Club. He has completed the Land's End to John O'Groats cycling challenge twice. He also enjoys music, walking his dogs and spending time with his wife and daughter.


Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around 100 million.

Latin America Insurance Related Business Opportunities

We advise US, UK and European risk carriers on their applications for permission to carry on insurance and reinsurance business in Latin America on a fronting, cross-border services, branch or subsidiary basis. We also pro-actively manage licence renewals for our clients, where we can add value by using our language, project management, regulatory and other skills.

Our clients are currently operating in
Costa Rica;
The Dominican Republic;
Puerto Rico;
Uruguay; and

Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: A PRA Roundtable Discussion for Insurance Sector Trade Bodies
June 2014
* Chris Finney Commentary - Solvency II, Omnibus II - We're Almost There Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
April 28, 2014
UK: Consumers' Failure to Read Loan Documents Does Not Mitigate a Firm's Obligation to be Clear, Fair and Not Misleading Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
April 22, 2014
UK: Financial Conduct Authority Finds Insurance 'Add-On' Market Is Not Competitive Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 20, 2014
*Chris Finney Commentary: Omnibus II finally makes it through the European Parliament Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 12, 2014
Brazil U-Turn on Solvency II Equivalence Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 7, 2014
* Chris Finney Commentary: the PRA & Nick Prettejohn - to lose one insurance expert, Mr Bailey, may be regarded as a misfortune; but two lose two looks like carelessness”* Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 7, 2014
UK: Financial Ombudsman Awards Are (Mostly) 'Final' Again Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 5, 2014
Argentina Changes Rules on the Registration of Entities with Head Offices in Black-Listed 'Tax Havens' Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 4, 2014
* Chris Finney Commentary: EIOPA, Transparency and Clearing the Mist Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
February 27, 2014

Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney Tells Solvency II Wire that 'Solvency II and the Proposed UK Law Not Fully Aligned'
October 14, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney and Gareth Dickson quoted in Accelus' Compliance Complete
September 11, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney and Mark Everiss Chair Panels at the IRLA Congress, Reports Run Off & Restructuring
May 22, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney Comments on the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Softening Its Stance on Schemes of Arrangement in The Insurance Insider
April 28, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney Predicts that Objections to the Delegated Acts Will Be Sorted Out Before Public Consultation in Law360
March 13, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney Analyzes Solvency II Equivalence Rules in Insurance ERM
March 13, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney Comments on Solvency II in the UK Post
February 21, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney Breaks Down Developments in Solvency II in the Journal for Reinsurance
December 30, 2013
Governance Matters...on Solvency II Blog Post Cites Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney's Analysis of Solvency II
December 2, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Chris Finney Opines on Official Compromise on Solvency II in Law360
December 2, 2013


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A PRA Roundtable Discussion for Insurance Sector Trade Bodies
Chris Finney, June 11, 2014
On 30 May 2014, the PRA held a roundtable discussion for insurance sector trade bodies.

UK: Consumers’ Failure to Read Loan Documents Does Not Mitigate a Firm’s Obligation to be Clear, Fair and Not Misleading
Lianna Chan,Chris Finney, April 28, 2014
In the case of (1) Mr Abraham Figurasin (2) Mrs Maricel Palo-Figurasin v Central Capital Ltd and Paragon Personal Finance Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 504, the Court of Appeal dismissed Central Capital Limited’s appeal.

An Introduction to Corporate Participation at Lloyd’s
Damian Connolly,Chris Finney,David R. Kendall,William Slaiding, February 27, 2014
Lloyd’s of London is perhaps the most famous insurance brand in the world. Yet for those not actively involved in the market, its structure and methods of doing business have until recent years largely remained a mystery. After three centuries of operation (with its capital being provided by...

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69 Old Broad Street

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