Our People

We continue to grow as a team, and believe that attracting and retaining experienced and talented professionals is key to supporting our client relationships and continued success. We pride ourselves on being flexible, effective and efficient in determining your objectives, and we have created a team which is focused on those objectives.

Our team prides itself on being diverse as we originate from several different countries and between us we speak six different languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.

Founder and Managing Director

Emma Cleveland


Emma’s goal since launching Cleveland & Co has been to change the shape of legal services provision within financial services, and provide clients with high-quality effective advice. With over 15 years’ experience in the investment management sector, working with blue chips such as AIG, Threadneedle, Russell Investments and Aviva Investors, she is well-placed to do so.

A tri-qualified lawyer, whose career began at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, her broad-based expertise covers all areas of investment management: front office, middle and back office, business development, risk, compliance and legal. Emma has also played a key role in building new legal departments, creating and implementing global policies and managing international teams.

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Legal Team

Alessandra Annoscia


Alessandra is an Italian qualified lawyer with over 10 years’ experience in the legal industry. She has extensive experience of private practice in litigation roles, both in Italy and in London and her more recent roles have been in-house at financial services institutions, such as Barclays and Lloyds Bank.

A reliable and motivated professional, Alessandra is currently in the process of qualifying in England and Wales. Her dual-jurisdictional experience gives her a unique insight and perspective on matters, and has placed her in an ideal position in the financial services industry, where cross border transactions are the norm. Alessandra’s experience in litigation and dispute resolution, linked to derivatives, has allowed her to hone her expertise in relation to complex financial products and their trading documentation.

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Leela has 5 years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked in the legal team at Invesco. Leela’s experience to date covers private equity, hedge funds and traditional fund sectors and includes advising and assisting a range of services providers within the asset management industry including administrators, brokers, custodians, introducers, investment advisors & managers, and placement agents.

Since joining Cleveland & Co, Leela has worked with clients to prepare and submit FCA notifications (e.g. change in control), along with advising and assisting them in updating their legal documentation as a result of MiFID II, GDPR and the upcoming SM&CR.

Leela is a determined and ambitious professional who has become adept at working in different, fast paced environments with people of all levels within an organisation. Leela’s motivation, versatility and unflappable attitude, make her a highly valued member of the Cleveland & Co team.

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Sarah has 5 years’ financial services experience working previously at BNP Paribas Asset Management and at international law firms Addleshaw Goddard LLP and Taylor Wessing LLP respectively, working in Banking & Finance and assisting with cross-border deals.

At Cleveland & Co, Sarah assists with a broad range of legal matters covering investment management and derivatives as well as loan transactions and working with clients to prepare and submit FCA notifications (e.g. change in control). Sarah also assist with general commercial law matters as they arise. Sarah assists in putting together guides for our company templates and contributing to our Industry News posts regarding relevant updates to the financial industry.

Sarah aims to dual-qualify in either the US or Asia in the next five years. Sarah is personable, hard-working and client focused.

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Caroline studied law at the University of East Anglia, before going on to study the Legal Practice Course at BPP University in Cambridge, achieving a distinction. She specialised in commercial law and intellectual property, civil litigation and commercial property.

At Cleveland & Co, Caroline assists the team with a broad range of legal matters and research covering investment management and general commercial matters as they arise. Caroline also assists in putting together guides for our company templates and contributing to our Industry News posts regarding relevant updates to the financial industry.

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Savannah has over five years’ experience working as a personal assistant to senior level personnel and as an office coordinator within professional, boutique offices in London and in her home town of Durban, South Africa. Savannah has considerable experience in HR and office management, developing social media, marketing and business development strategies. Savannah is currently in the process of completing the NALP course to become a licensed paralegal.

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