Tom Anderson

Executive Director, Consulting

Tom leads on the Financial Crime and Compliance business within Consulting at A&O Shearman.

He has over 25 years of experience in financial services, with deep expertise in risk management frameworks and strategies, compliance, financial crime, operational risk, governance, and regulatory relations.

Tom brings a wealth of practical experience to his work with clients, having held both senior regulatory and in-house risk management roles over the course of his career. Previous roles include Head of Wholesale Banks and Investment Firms Supervision at the UK FSA, and in industry, as Group Head of Regulatory Relations at RBS and Chief Compliance Officer at Nationwide Building Society.

Tom has worked extensively with a wide range of financial services, corporate and technology firms to improve their risk management decision making and governance structures, strategies and frameworks, in line with regulatory expectations and requirements.



Representative matters

EU AMLR readiness assessment for a Major US Banking Group’s European businesses, across over 20 jurisdictions.

Design of an AML risk assessment tool and methodology for a FCA authorised technology firm.

Designing compliance frameworks and monitoring plans for firms in the context of regulatory authorisation applications.

Advising and preparing Chair, Directors and Senior Managers of regulated financial institutions with SMCR authorisation and operations.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment Diploma, 1995-1996



MA History, Cambridge University, 1990-1993

Post-graduate Certificate in Education, University of London, 1994

Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, AOEC, 2018

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.