Financial Services UK

  • May 02, 2024

    UK Unveils Post-Brexit Rules For Overseas Investment

    The government has published a roadmap that sets out rules to make it easier for investment funds in the European Union to offer products to investors in the U.K., replacing transitional arrangements put in place after Brexit.

  • May 01, 2024

    Autonomy CEO's Atty Says Judge 'One-Sided' Against Client

    A Steptoe LLP partner representing former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch in his criminal fraud jury trial accused the judge overseeing the case of making comments to the jury that are "one-sided" in a way that prejudices the defense.

  • May 01, 2024

    FCA Opposes Paying Ex-Julius Baer Manager's Legal Costs

    The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority urged a London appellate court Wednesday to overturn a tribunal's decision to make it pay part of a former Julius Baer employee's legal costs, saying the tribunal unfairly ruled that the FCA had unreasonably not called witnesses who were overseas.

  • May 01, 2024

    BBVA Makes €12B Offer For TSB Parent Sabadell

    Banking giant BBVA on Wednesday said it has proposed to buy Banco de Sabadell for approximately €12 billion ($12.8 billion) in an all-share deal to create one of Europe's largest financial bodies with more than €1 trillion in assets.

  • May 01, 2024

    UK Banks Received Over £9B In Interest On BoE Reserves

    The Treasury Committee published new data Wednesday showing that Barclays, Lloyds, NatWest and Santander made more than £9 billion ($11.2 billion) in interest on Bank of England reserves from 2022 to 2023.

  • May 01, 2024

    Pension Scam Group's Future Hit By Lack Of Volunteers

    A voluntary body that works against pensions scams said on Wednesday that it is considering winding up its operations and is concerned that a fall in volunteer numbers might jeopardize its effectiveness.

  • May 01, 2024

    FCA's Investigation Regime May Tarnish Unnamed Individuals

    Financial Conduct Authority proposals to name companies early in investigations will damage the careers of many individuals involved, according to lawyers, with some unnamed employees coming under suspicion that puts them at risk of losing their jobs.

  • May 01, 2024

    Pension Body Warns On Gov't Equity Investment Plan

    U.K. government plans to impose public disclosures on pension funds would increase the burden on the industry and harm savers by encouraging investment in low-return businesses, according to an industry paper published Wednesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy VP Says CEO Lynch Told Him To Lie To Investors

    A former Autonomy business development executive testified Tuesday that CEO Mike Lynch directed him to lie to a hedge fund investor about prepaid royalty deals that boosted the company's upfront revenue numbers, saying at Lynch's criminal fraud trial that it was hard to say no to the "big boss."

  • April 30, 2024

    German Banker Gets 3 Years For €93M Cum-Ex Tax Evasion

    A German court on Tuesday sentenced a former bank board member to three years and two months in prison for his part in a €93.4 million ($100 million) so-called cum-ex dividend tax fraud.

  • May 07, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Hires M&A Pro From Deloitte

    Kingsley Napley LLP has hired a partner from Deloitte LLP as it seeks to expand its corporate practice and its focus on mergers and acquisitions despite the slowdown in the U.K. deals market.

  • April 30, 2024

    Garrigues-Led BBVA Eyes Deal For Rival Spanish Bank

    Spanish banking giant BBVA confirmed Tuesday it is eyeing a merger with Banco de Sabadell SA for an undisclosed amount.

  • April 30, 2024

    EU Banking Watchdog Warns Of New Payment Scams

    The European Union's banking watchdog has warned of the emergence of new forms of payment scams facing consumers and proposed new measures to "future proof" the bloc's anti-fraud rules in an opinion published Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    Insurers Warn Of 'Irreparable Damage' From FCA's New Rules

    An association of insurers in the U.K. warned the country's financial regulator Tuesday that its new proposal to name the firms it probes and publish information about investigations at an earlier stage will cause more harm than good.

  • April 30, 2024

    Payment Co. Hits Back Over Failed Domain Name Deal

    Several payments companies and their bosses have hit back at claims by a Nuvei Group subsidiary, denying that they broke a promise to use the company's payments technology as part of a deal to use a website domain.

  • April 30, 2024

    Vanquis Bank Seeks £4.5M For Law Firm's Complaints Deluge

    Vanquis Bank Ltd. is seeking an estimated £4.5 million ($5.6 million) from a law firm it says has sent it thousands of meritless complaints, accusing it of irresponsible lending in a "reckless and indiscriminate" approach to earn commission if a claim happens to succeed.

  • April 30, 2024

    Banks Urged To Improve Global Risk Management

    The global standards setter for banking published on Tuesday a consultation on new guidelines to update rules on how regulators manage counterparty credit risk.

  • April 30, 2024

    HSBC To Return Another $3B To Shareholders After Strong Q1

    British banking giant HSBC said Tuesday that it plans to initiate a buyback program of up to $3 billion to reward its shareholders after having a profitable first quarter, following the $2 billion buyback it completed earlier in the year.

  • April 30, 2024

    Insured Disaster Losses Already At $17B In 2024, Broker Says

    Losses from natural disasters covered by insurance reached $17 billion in the first three months of 2024, reinsurance broker Aon has reported, with devastating storms in the U.S. and Europe driving up the costs for the sector.

  • April 29, 2024

    'I Don't Want To Try That Case,' Judge Tells Mike Lynch's Atty

    The California federal judge overseeing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch's fraud trial over claims he duped HP into paying an inflated $11.7 billion for his company pushed back Monday against an attempt by Lynch's lawyer to introduce evidence of events that took place after the acquisition, saying, "I don't want to try that case."

  • April 29, 2024

    UK Car Insurance Cost Up 33% Over Year, ABI Says

    The average cost of car insurance was around 33% higher in the first three months of 2024 than the same period a year ago, figures published by the Association of British Insurers on Monday show.

  • April 29, 2024

    Fugitive Money Launderer Forfeits Auerbach Painting, Gold

    A painting estimated to be worth £1.6 million ($2 million) and gold bars have been taken from a convicted money launderer after the National Crime Agency succeeded in a bid to have them forfeited at a London court Monday.

  • April 29, 2024

    Trade Bodies Want Gov't Action Over 'Damaging' FCA Rules

    A group of 16 financial services trade bodies has called on HM Treasury to intervene over recent Financial Conduct Authority proposals to name companies under investigation, saying the plans could have "damaging consequences" for the U.K.

  • April 30, 2024

    CORRECTED: Marketing Boss Said LC&F Was A Legitimate Biz, Not A 'Rinse'

    The head of a marketing company who referred to London Capital & Finance as a "not a rinse" insisted he was not aware of an alleged Ponzi scheme as he gave evidence on Monday at the trial over the £237 million ($296 million) investment scandal. Correction: An earlier version of the story misstated the content of Careless' 2015 email exchange. The error has been corrected.

  • April 29, 2024

    FCA To Get Extra Data To Police Consumer Credit Lending

    The City watchdog set out on Monday final rules that will require consumer credit lenders to give it more detailed data, enabling it to act against problem companies.

Expert Analysis

  • What Could Come Of CFPB, EU Consumer Finance Collab

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    A recent joint statement from the European Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau focused on how technology is affecting consumers of financial services, potentially recognizing that legal protections are lacking because tech regulations lag behind its development, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • 6 Key Factors For Successful Cross-Border Dispute Mediation

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    The European landscape of cross-border disputes diverges markedly from the U.S. experience and presents unique challenges, including the amalgamation of diverse cultures and legal systems, but there are several practical steps that practitioners can take to effectively navigate the process, says Peter Kamminga at JAMS.

  • Operational Resilience Considerations In Financial Services

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    A recent letter from the Financial Conduct Authority reminds CEOs of U.K. wholesale banks of their role in the safety and soundness of markets, but all firms can draw lessons and consider their own operational resilience for longer-term security and commercial benefit, says Richard Tall at Faegre Drinker.

  • UK Tech Cases Warn Of Liability Clause Drafting Pitfalls

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    The recent U.K. High Court cases Drax Energy Solutions v. Wipro and EE v. Virgin Mobile Telecoms indicate a more literal judicial approach to construing limitations of liability, even when this significantly limits a claimant's recoverable damages, highlighting the importance of carefully drafted liability provisions, say Helen Armstrong and Tania Williams at RPC.

  • How The UK Investment Screening Regime Is Taking Shape

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    A recent order imposing remedies on an acquisition by EDF Energy highlights emerging trends in the U.K. government's national security reviews of transactions under the U.K. National Security and Investment Act, and shows how the U.K. remedy landscape compares to the U.S. regime, say lawyers at Arnold & Porter.

  • Consultations Underpin Mandatory Fraud Victim Repayment

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    The U.K. Payment Systems Regulator’s recent consultations on authorized push payment fraud reinforce its June policy expectation, which said that unless there is evidence of gross negligence and the consumer standard of caution has not been followed, providers must reimburse fraud victims, say lawyers at Hogan Lovells.

  • Swiss Privacy Law Reforms Present Divergences From GDPR

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    The differences between Switzerland’s recently reformed Federal Act on Data Protection and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, particularly around data breach reporting and the liability of company officers, will need to be carefully managed by multinationals that may have competing obligations under different laws, say Kim Roberts and Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel at King & Spalding.

  • New Legislation May Not Be Needed For Recovery Of Crypto

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    The recent seizure of cryptocurrency under a civil recovery order raises the issue of whether extended powers under the forthcoming Economic Crime Bill are necessary, with the ability to seize crypto-related items that may be the subject of a search order more likely to be of assistance, says Nicola McKinney at Quillon Law.

  • Opinion

    Russia Ruling Should Lead UK To Review Sanctions Policy

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    The High Court's recent dismissal of the first-ever court challenge to Russian sanctions in Shvidler v. Secretary of State sets a demanding standard for overturning designation decisions, highlighting the need for an independent review of the Russia sanctions regime, says Helen Taylor at Spotlight on Corruption.

  • German Competition Law May Herald New Enforcement Trend

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    The recent amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition is expected to significantly expand the powers of the German Federal Cartel Office, and could signal a global trend toward greater direct intervention by national competition authorities and political interference in competition law, say lawyers at Simmons & Simmons.

  • New Financial Services Act Leaves Few Firms Untouched

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    The recently published Financial Services and Markets Act 2023, which replaces retained EU law with U.K. legislation, is one of the most significant pieces of post-Brexit regulation, with key practical implications for actors such as investment firms and crypto-asset and payment service providers, say Tim Cant, Emma Tran and Bisola Williams at Ashurst.

  • FCA 'De-Banking' Clampdown May Need Gov't Backing

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    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s recent clampdown on unfair bank account closures will give customers greater transparency, but with terms usually skewed in the bank’s favor, it is a policy matter for the government to enact further protections for businesses and consumers, say Stephen Rosen and Jean-Martin Louw at Collyer Bristow.

  • UK Securitization Reform Opts For Modest Approach, For Now

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    Recently published consultation papers from the U.K. Prudential Regulation and Financial Conduct Authorities on new securitization rules mainly restate retained EU law, but there are some targeted adjustments being proposed and further divergence is to be expected, say Alix Prentice and Assia Damianova at Cadwalader.

  • Examining PayPal's Venture Into The Stablecoin Market

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    PayPal’s recent release of a stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar may represent a groundbreaking innovation or could fail as others have before it, and policymakers in the U.K. and the EU will be watching the impact of this new crypto token with a keen eye, say Ben Lee and Dion Seymour at Andersen.

  • High Court Dechert Ruling Offers Litigation Privilege Lessons

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    While the recent High Court ruling in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, which concerned torture conspiracy allegations against the firm, held that litigation privilege can be claimed by a nonparty to proceedings, the exact boundaries of privilege aren't always clear-cut and may necessitate analyzing the underlying principles, says Scott Speirs at Norton Rose.

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