Angela Cobbina

Lawyer

Experience

Angela Cobbina is a financial services, corporate and commercial solicitor with 20 years’ experience gained at City law firms, retail and investment banks and fintechs. She has in-depth knowledge of compliance, cross border legislative and governance advisory matters. Angela has advised clients on financial services, M&A financings, funds finance, structured finance, clearing, trade finance, reinsurance, securitisation, corporate governance, compliance, transformational change programmes and regulatory matters including FCA skilled person reviews and related remediation work.

As a private practitioner, Angela worked at Olswang (now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang), Pinsent Masons and SJ Berwin. She has undertaken business secondments to NatWest and Lloyds Banking Group before moving in house to take up the role of UK General Counsel at Fortis Bank Nederland where she established its UK branch and oversaw its merger with ABN AMRO. Angela has also worked at Visa Europe and, more recently, has advised financial institutions on structural reform, restructurings and divestment programmes.

Angela has been described by clients as a trusted advisor who is excellent in the translation of complex challenges into solutions.

Education

  • Master of Laws, International Business Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Law Degree, Leeds Beckett University
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Legal Practice Course, The University of Law

Achievements

  • Advised on the operating model, legal design and implementation of Walker Review recommendations for the establishment of a voluntary dispute resolution service for SMEs to resolve historic and contemporary bank complaints.
  • Bridged legal, regulatory and commercial considerations to shape the organisational design and roll-out of risk, governance and control frameworks to facilitate devolved power to European offices to operate at a local level. Steered multicultural teams through change in 8 countries.

Other Interests

Angela likes cooking, singing, table tennis and football. She also mentors law students and junior lawyers to support them with their career aspirations.

Languages

Basic level French, Italian and Japanese plus fluent Twi. It used to be the other way around that her Twi was basic but as Angela is now out of practice, she reads French and Italian subtitles when watching movies and reminisces about having a better grasp of conversational Japanese in the past!