Rezah has experience advising on financial markets law and regulation, derivatives and clearing. He specialises in financial services related work, with a focus on banking supervision, mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector, EMIR and clearing documentation.
- Recent Work
- advising the largest Dutch asset managers, insurance companies and banks on EMIR, clearing broker selection and negotiations of clearing documentation
- advising a number of clearing brokers on their legal position in client clearing
- advising Dutch buy-side clients on ISDA, GMRA GMSLA and EFET documentation
- advising a large Dutch asset manager on marketing rules in a large number of jurisdictions
- advising a UK bank in the largest acquisition in the Dutch financial sector to date (2007).
Before joining Simmons & Simmons in 2013, Rezah was a supervisor at the Dutch Central Bank for four years and subsequently an associate at another leading international law firm for seven years.
Chambers Europe 2013 and 2014 recommend Rezah for his financial regulatory work, noting that clients describe him as offering "a strong mix of theory and pragmatism in regulatory issues" and that they “value his ability to transform his knowledge into practical guidance and advice”.
Chambers Global Guide 2015 ranks Rezah in Band 1 for derivatives work, noting that according to clients "He really understands the business rationale behind our deals. He is proactive, hard-working and a real expert in this field". Chambers Europe 2014 rankS Rezah in Band 1 for derivatives work and recommend him as "highly knowledgeable". Rezah is also recommended by Legal 500 2014 for his "razor-sharp advice" on derivatives.
Rezah has successfully completed two post-graduate courses of Grotius Academy (Securities Law & Finance and Security Rights) and he has been a member of the Dutch Securities Law Association since 2001. He teaches on financial markets law and on derivatives at the Grotius Academy and to students of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.
Rezah sits in the editorial board of the SDU Annotations to Financial Law and he regularly publishes and lectures on his areas of expertise. His publications include:
- An introduction to the new standard clearing agreement for OTC derivatives; the ISDA/FOA Client Cleared OTC Derivatives Addendum (in Dutch) (Financial Law Magazine) – 2015
- Dutch Financial Supervision Act: Text & Explanatory Notes – Act (in Dutch) - (3rd edition) 2015
- Dutch Financial Supervision Act: Text & Explanatory Notes – Lower Regulation (in Dutch) - (1st edition) 2015
- The meaning of regulation for hedging by buy-side financial firms (in Dutch) (VBA Journaal) - 2014
- A few remarks on indirect clearing (in Dutch) (Financial Law Magazine) – 2014
- Are you on board for MiFID II? (in Dutch) (Financial Investigator) - 2014
- AIFMD: Quality mark or debit entry for institutional investors in real asset funds (in Dutch) (Financial Investigator) - 2013
- Timely acceptance for moving on in case of the EMIR-trauma (in Dutch) (VBA-Journaal) - 2012
- Introduction to the SwapClear Client Clearing Documentation (in Dutch) (Financial Law Magazine) - 2012
- Regulation of the OTC-derivatives markets in the EU and the US - Dismantling the "financial weapons of mass destruction" or "regulatory overkill"? (Preadvies voor de Vereniging voor Effectenrecht) (in Dutch) – 2011
- The Netherlands - Losing sleep over Basel III (International Financial Law Review) - 2011
- The De Wit Report - Lost Credit (Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation) - 2011
- European proposal for regulating the OTC derivatives markets (in Dutch) (Corporate Law Magazine) - 2011
- Financial Law in the Netherlands - Dutch covered bonds regulation – 2010
- Supervision of the Financial Markets (Groene Serie - Toezicht Financiële Markten) - 2008 to present