The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission have announced the appointment of Mr Peter Taylor to the position of Director of Legal, Enforcement and Policy. Peter is an experienced regulatory lawyer and will bring a wealth of expertise to the GFSC. He has a strong background in litigation and regulatory law and practice. His legal career spans 3 decades, first establishing himself as a litigator at Denton Wilde Sapte where he spent 8 years, becoming a partner in 1994.

New Director of Legal, Enforcement and Policy, Mr Peter Taylor

Peter’s career took a regulatory turn when he was appointed as General Counsel to the Commerce Commission of New Zealand in 2000. During his 10 years at the Commission, Peter was responsible for leading on significant enforcement cases and the delivery of legal advice to support the application of the Commission’s regulatory remit, in particular the application of competition law and regulation and the conduct of major litigation and prosecutions. Peter is a member of the board of the Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand.

Most recently, as Chief Legal Advisor to the New Zealand Customs Service, Peter has been leading on civil and criminal enforcement including serious crime; he has also led legislative reform and until recently was Director of Access to Legislation at New Zealand’s Parliamentary Counsel Office.

GFSC CEO, Samantha Barrass, commented “I am thrilled to be welcoming Peter to the Commission. He brings extensive legal and regulatory expertise to the GFSC across all of the areas of legal advice, legislative reform and enforcement. We will benefit from his experience in regulatory law, and his pragmatic approach to regulatory decision making. We want to ensure we support safe, sustained growth of Gibraltar’s financial services industry, whilst protecting the public, financial markets and the reputation of Gibraltar, and Peter will bring significant experience which will help us achieve that”.

Peter Taylor said “I am very much looking forward to joining the team at the GFSC. It will be a new and exciting opportunity to use my experience to support the delivery of the GFSC’s objectives, particularly at a time when the Commission is working with the Government of Gibraltar to deliver a new consolidated statutory framework for financial services regulation that is both robust and easy to navigate.

Peter will be taking up his role at the GFSC next week.