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Kate Sumpter



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Kate Sumpter



Kate is a partner in our Financial Services Regulatory practice. She has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector and has extensive experience of dealing with complex regulatory-driven structural change projects for international banks.

She has also assisted a number of international banking institutions with designing and developing their legal entity structures. Kate regularly advises on all aspects of the bank recovery and resolution regime, including operational continuity aspects, and on the structuring of risk mitigation arrangements to ensure robustness insolvency and resolution. She led on the regulatory aspects of Allen & Overy’s mandate to advise a global financial institution on ring-fencing and operational continuity implementation. Kate regularly advises financial market infrastructure (including payment system) operators and their participants on all aspect of their arrangements, and the regulatory requirements to which they are subject.

Kate has acted as a member of the Banking Liaison Panel, a working group established by HM Treasury to consider bank and investment failure, on behalf of ISDA.

Kate was recognised as “Best in Financial Regulation” at the Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2019. She is ranked as a “Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded” by IFLR1000 and as one of their “Women Leaders”. Kate is also listed as a “Leading Individual” by Legal500 UK 2023 for Financial Services Regulation.

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Admitted as solicitor, New South Wales, Australia, 2002

Admitted as solicitor, High Court of Australia, 2002

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006


BCom LLB, University of Wollongong, 2001

Graduate Diploma, Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice, University of Southern Queensland, 2004