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Thistle was founded in 2012 by James Dingwall and Paul Smith, both of whom have extensive experience of working in the UK financial services regulatory regime. Together, they formed Thistle Initiatives to provide firms with an expert, outsourced compliance resource, managing both strategic and hand on projects.

In a nutshell – the aim is to make compliance, compliant.

Thistle has become one of the UK’s leading regulatory consultancies and now employs over 70 full time employees, based predominantly in the UK but with consultants based throughout the EEA, Middle East and Asia.

Thistle offers project management, advice and support on all regulatory matters and our clients range from some of the worlds largest financial services providers to small to medium-sized intermediaries. Thistle is also seen as the leading regulatory consultancy in FinTech and has worked with some of the most innovative and complex business models to ensure compliance with regulatory objectives.

Thistle also owns Resolution Compliance Limited, who is the UK’s leading regulatory umbrella for start-ups in FinTech in the EEA. Resolution Compliance has assisted more than 30 crowdfunding firms with the provision of appointed representative status, before moving on to full authorisation, and is still the only principal to be granted the permission to operate P2P lending. You can find out more about Resolution Compliance here.

Through acquisition, Thistle has also expanded into other areas such as Employment Law, IT Services and Health and Safety to ensure that all regulatory matters can be addressed under one roof.

Overall, what you will get from Thistle as a company is; fantastic support, advice and guidance, whatever your challenge may be. We will work as a team and achieve your objectives.

Feel free to call us for a no obligation assessment of the best approach for your business on 020 7436 0630.

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