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Olivia Merrett

Senior Associate

Olivia advises financial institutions, including banks, brokers, exchanges, clearing houses, fund managers, insurers, corporates, and other end-users.
Her practice involves advising on legal and regulatory issues arising in clients' businesses, including regulatory advice, structuring, authorizations and licensing, change of control, compliance policies and procedures, client agreements and terms of business, incident management, investigations, enforcement and financial services disputes work.


Representative matters

Advising banks, brokers, financial institutions, exchanges, clearing houses and corporates on business structure, ongoing compliance, and other advisory issues authorizations and licensing of new businesses:

Change of control and management / governance.

Client agreements / terms and conditions of business.

Policies and procedures.

Regulatory capital, capital instruments and capital structuring.

Scope of regulatory permissions and regulatory perimeter issues.

Custody, account, prime brokerage, derivatives, security, collateral and other agreements.

Corporate governance, senior managers regime, allocations of responsibility.

Anti-money laundering and sanctions.

Regulatory reporting.

Legal opinions and memoranda on regulatory matters.

Establishing new financial institutions or financial companies and regulatory approvals:

Société Générale on its announced joint venture with Alliance Bernstein for their research and securities brokerage businesses.

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) on its partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and nine of the world's largest energy traders to establish ICE Futures Abu Dhabi, a new exchange in Abu Dhabi Global Market hosting the world's first Murban crude oil futures contracts.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Olivia spent time on secondment with Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), primarily advising ICE Futures Europe and ICE Clear Europe.



Solicitor, England and Wales


University of Law LPC with MSc in Law, Business and Management

St John College University of Oxford BA in Jurisprudence

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.