Gurpreet Brar has joined Bell Pottinger Public Affairs as a director on its financial services team.
Brar joined the firm from the chairman's office at the UK Financial Services Authority, which is set to be replaced this year by two new regulatory bodies.
Having worked for the regulator since September 2010, he has been an adviser to both the outgoing chairman and the incoming chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority.
The FCA is one of the bodies that will be responsible for regulation of conduct in retail, as well as wholesale financial markets, and the infrastructure that supports those markets. The other new body is the Prudential Regulatory Authority, part of the Bank of England.
Brar was part of the team that delivered the FSA's “Journey to the FCA” document published in October 2012.
Over the years, he has been responsible for coordinating the FSA's handling of key issues such as Libor, the funding for lending scheme, and the mortgage market review.
He has led the organization's work on the Financial Services Bill and has been responsible for redefining the FSA's work on Parliamentary liaison.
Before joining the FSA, Brar was Parliamentary adviser to Adrian Bailey MP, the current Chair of the Business, Innovation, and Skills Select Committee.
Stephen Lotinga, MD of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, said: “Gurpreet will be able to provide our clients with unique insights into the changing regulatory landscape and advice on the interaction between the worlds of business, regulators, and politics.”
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.