Robert Cain

Arthur Cox - Ireland

Partner and Head of Financial Regulation


+353 1 920 1050

Highly regarded


Bar admissions:




Practice areas:

Financial services regulatory

Industry sectors:

Financial services

Robert specialises in Irish and European financial services regulation. He advises a wide range of both domestic and international financial institutions, including credit institutions, investment firms, asset managers, payment institutions and insurance companies.  His practice includes advice on Irish authorisation and perimeter issues, ongoing compliance with conduct of business and other requirements, regulatory capital, market abuse, prospectus and transparency requirements, payment services, corporate governance, fintech, AML and financial institution M&A. Robert also advises on regulatory enforcement actions taken by the Central Bank of Ireland and on industry investigations and inquiries.

  • Advised multiple firms on Brexit projects, including licence applications to the Central Bank of Ireland by a wide variety of firms.
  • Advised multiple firms on MiFID II and PSD II implementation projects.
  • Advised multiple firms on enforcemen actions taken by the Central Bank of Ireland.

  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Investment funds
  • Private equity funds
  • Real estate funds
  • Structured finance/securitisation

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Investment management

  • Ireland
  • England & Wales

  • Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland

  • MA (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford (St Peter's College), 1999
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2008 
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, 2002