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Damian Carolan


Damian advises financial institutions on national and international regulations, with a particular focus on derivatives and securities regulation and the development of new markets and clearing settlement systems.

He regularly advises banks on regulatory reform, including changes to custody requirements, payment systems and the authorisation processes to open new branches and subsidiaries. Damian has assisted industry associations with developing standard form documentation and submitting responses to consultations with regulators. He is also a leading legal and regulatory expert in financial market infrastructure and has been involved in a variety of innovative bank and infrastructure projects as digital assets and distributed ledger technology become an ever more important part of the financial landscape.

Damian is ranked as a leading individual for regulatory matters by Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 and is regularly quoted in the press on regulatory matters.



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1997
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.