Julia Smithers Excell

Partner, London



Julia Smithers Excell is a partner in our Financial Services Regulatory team based in London.

Julia has extensive experience advising stakeholders in a number of key banking and markets regulatory areas, including Brexit-related issues, EMIR, derivatives clearing, CCP rulebook, governance and financial market infrastructure matters, recovery and resolution, MiFID II/MiFIR, benchmarks, regulatory capital, payments and consumer credit. 

Julia has also worked in Paris, Zürich and Singapore, in addition to London, as a transactional lawyer. During her career, she has advised on wholesale and retail banking and markets regulatory issues and worked on derivatives, banking, capital markets and structured finance transactions and securitisations at several large US and Swiss investment banks and international law firms. Her in-house regulatory experience encompasses the full range of advocacy, analysis, interpretation and application through to advice on implementation of and compliance with banking and markets regulation. 

Julia regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on topics including derivatives clearing, EMIR, CCPs, Post Trade, Brexit, LIBOR transition, benchmarks, FinTech, artificial intelligence, operational resilience, sustainable finance and recovery and resolution. She is a working group member of the Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) contributing to FMLC publications. Topics covered include issues of legal uncertainty arising in the context of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, FinTech, financial market infrastructure and the obligations of central counterparties and their clearing members under Part VII Companies Act 1989.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
University of Oxford
Classics and Modern Languages


Speaking Engagements

The 6th Recovery and Resolution London Summit, November 2017: (panel speaker)

ISDA Conference: EMIR Compliance Update, March 2017: (panel speaker)

American Bar Association, Futures & Derivatives Law Committee, January 2016: Naples Florida Conference, (panel speaker)

ISDA Conference: CCP Resilience, February 2016: Recovery, Continuity and Resolution, (panel speaker)

ISDA Advanced Clearing Conference, February 2016: (regular presenter from 2013)

ISDA Collateral Conference, February 2016: (regular presenter from 2013)

ISDA Fundamentals of Clearing Conference, July 2015: (regular presenter from 2013)

Risk Training: Central Clearing Conference, February 2013: (panel speaker)


Payments & FinTech Lawyer, 2008, (contributing author on EU Consumer Credit Directive)

The Treasurer, 2008, (contributing author on EU Payment Services Directive)

Law and Financial Markets Review, 2008, (contributing author on Securities Lending)

Awards and Recognition

"Julia brings expertise advising stakeholders in banking, derivatives and capital markets regulatory areas" Financial Services: non-contentious UK Legal 500 2020