Arwen Handley

Arwen Handley


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 2810

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Arwen Handley advises banks and other financial institutions on regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and litigation, with a particular focus on complex, cross-border matters. Her experience of working in-house for over 17 years at UBS, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley gives her a deep understanding of clients' requirements in these areas.

Immediately prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Arwen was a Managing Director at UBS, heading up their global Group Investigations Governance, Reporting and Whistleblowing Management function. Arwen originally joined UBS in March 2014 as Head of the EMEA Litigation group, covering litigious and contentious regulatory matters in the EMEA region. 

Prior to joining UBS, Arwen spent almost four years as Head of EMEA and Asia Litigation & Regulatory Inquiries at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Before that, Arwen worked for eight years in the EMEA Litigation & Contentious Regulatory group at Morgan Stanley. Arwen has handled cases and investigations in numerous jurisdictions across the world, and has worked in London, New York, Washington DC and Hong Kong during her career.

Education and admissions


M.A., University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall

Court admissions

Supreme Court of England and Wales

High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Representative experience

Handling regulatory enforcement matters in the UK and abroad, the most prominent being the FX investigation, and follow-on litigation.*

Managing a large portfolio of litigation in the UK, Italy and the U.S. concerning derivatives entered into by Italian municipalities.*

Managing the defence of a claim in the English court relating to the effect of a high profile business reorganization on material adverse change provisions in a joint venture agreement.*

Managing antitrust investigations conducted by the European Commission.*

Managing collective actions before the courts of the Netherlands.*

Conducting a large number of internal investigations, arising out of the different business areas within banks.*

Conducting, and advising on the conduct of, whistleblowing investigations.*

Reviewing and updating global whistleblowing and investigations frameworks, including running a project to address the implementation of new whistleblowing legislation in Australia.*

Advising a financial services client in relation to a review of its market abuse framework.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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