Financial Services UK

  • June 07, 2024

    Swiss Finance Watchdog Issues New Cyber Warnings

    Switzerland's financial markets regulator issued new guidance for all regulated firms on Friday, telling them how to manage cyber risks after finding that many are failing to take the right steps to prevent attacks, including those against the service providers they use.

  • June 07, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Loses Bribery Extradition Fight

    A former Goldman Sachs banker has lost his fight to avoid being extradited to the U.S. for allegedly bribing Ghanaian officials, as a London court ruled on Friday that the alleged crimes were sufficiently linked to America to be tried there.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO, VP Both Cleared In HP Criminal Fraud Trial

    A California federal jury on Thursday acquitted former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch and former finance Vice President Stephen Chamberlain of criminal fraud and conspiracy charges following an 11-week trial over allegations that the two conned HP into overpaying billions for the British tech company.

  • June 06, 2024

    5 Questions For Linklaters Partner Guillaume Couneson

    Since European Union law negotiators gave final approval in May to the first worldwide rules on artificial intelligence, the pressure on global banks and insurers to prepare to comply has started. Here, Guillaume Couneson, a partner at Linklaters, tells Law360 that regulators are likely to focus initially on low-hanging fruit breaches.

  • June 06, 2024

    EU Watchdog Specifies New Rules For Crypto-Asset Issuers

    The European Union's banking regulator Thursday published detailed rules for many stablecoin issuers to comply with its bloc-wide crypto-assets regime in force, including to have the remuneration framework used in investment firms.

  • June 06, 2024

    Pension Funding Levels 'Stable' Ahead Of Looming Election

    The political party that wins the July 4 general election will is likely to operate within an environment of stable funding for retirement savings plans, a consultancy said Thursday, as it highlighted the "relatively" consistent levels of funding in the past year.

  • June 06, 2024

    Latham Leads Robinhood In $200M Buy Of Crypto Exchange

    Robinhood said on Thursday that it will buy cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp for approximately $200 million, as the electronic trading platform looks to scale up its global services for digital assets.

  • June 06, 2024

    Shein's London Float Invites Scrutiny Of ESG Issues

    The decision by Shein to choose London for its much-anticipated flotation is a boon for the U.K. market — but it exposes the ultra-fast fashion company to scrutiny of perceived ESG shortfalls that might serve as a new litmus test for other businesses seeking a listing in the British capital.

  • June 06, 2024

    ProMarine To Act As Underwriter For Allianz

    Allianz Commercial entered into a new partnership with ProMarine UW Ltd. Thursday, to provide comprehensive insurance for the smaller commercial marine industry of up to £10 million ($12.7 million) across the U.K., Ireland and Europe.

  • June 05, 2024

    Debevoise-Led Ambac Unveils 2 Deals Totaling $702M

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP-led Ambac Financial Group on Wednesday announced two deals totaling $702 million, as the insurance holding company said it agreed to sell its financial guarantee business for $420 million in cash and separately announced that it will purchase a majority stake in Beat Capital Partners for roughly $282 million.

  • June 05, 2024

    Billionaire's 'Naive' Stock-Trading Pilot Asks For No Prison

    A private pilot for U.K. billionaire Joe Lewis is asking for no prison time after pleading guilty to insider trading on stock tips provided by his boss, arguing that he has otherwise lived a law-abiding life and is less culpable than many white-collar defendants who've come through the Manhattan federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Binance Fights To Ax Crypto Investors' £9B Delisting Claim

    The cryptocurrency exchange Binance asked a U.K. tribunal on Wednesday to strike out a £9 billion ($11.5 billion) claim brought by investors who say the exchange illegally colluded with other trading platforms to delist the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision cryptocurrency.

  • June 05, 2024

    Gov't UK ISA Savings Proposal Gets Cold Shoulder

    More financial firms on Wednesday warned that the U.K. government's plans to give consumers a new tax break for investing in U.K. companies was unworkable, adding it could conflict with the Financial Conduct Authority's consumer protection rules.

  • June 05, 2024

    Swiss Bank Escapes Investor's Unlawful Conspiracy Claim

    Lombard Odier has partially succeeded in blocking the claims of an investor who says the private bank withheld inside information about the merits of a British nanotech company's U.S. legal dispute with Samsung to convince him to buy shares in the company just before its price tanked.

  • June 05, 2024

    Climate Risk Must Form Part Of Trustee Role

    A quarter of pension scheme trustees want a new interpretation of their fiduciary duties to allow them to consider climate risk because doing so will help tackle the dangers posed by a changing environment, Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Trafigura Settles Nickel Fraud Suit With Reuben Brothers Co.

    Trafigura has settled a London legal claim allegedly linked to a major ongoing nickel fraud scandal, the commodities trader confirmed Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    FCA Research Access Plan Is Flawed, EU Finance Body Says

    A group representing European financial firms said Wednesday that the Financial Conduct Authority's proposals to give asset managers more choice in how they obtain and pay for research are too inflexible, failing to make the U.K. more competitive.

  • June 05, 2024

    Labour's Pension Tax Plans Backed By Fiscal Research Body

    An influential economics think tank has backed plans by the Labour Party to reintroduce the lifetime allowance, arguing that there should be a cap on the tax-free accumulation of pensions wealth.

  • June 05, 2024

    EU Financial Watchdogs Team Up With Cybersecurity Agency

    The three financial regulators of the European Union signed an agreement with the EU cybersecurity agency on Wednesday to join forces to protect the pensions, markets and banking sectors in the bloc from cyberattacks and similar risks.

  • June 04, 2024

    HP Fraud Charges Against Ex-Autonomy Execs Head To Jury

    Closing arguments wrapped Tuesday in a California federal criminal trial over claims that former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch and ex-finance vice president Stephen Chamberlain duped HP into overpaying billions for the British tech company, with Chamberlain's lawyer saying his client did his job "in good faith," which, in the court's eyes, is a "complete defense."

  • June 04, 2024

    Investor Rules Offer Shield To IG Index Debt, Tycoon Says

    Real estate investor Robert Tchenguiz fought against an investment platform's claim over an alleged £7.9 million ($10 million) spread-betting debt at a London court on Tuesday, arguing that he has not run up the bill because the company failed to properly categorize him as a professional investor.

  • June 04, 2024

    EU Watchdogs Demand Tighter Greenwashing Controls

    The European Union's financial regulators on Tuesday called on national regulators across the bloc to take tougher steps to combat greenwashing, using more resources and stepping up enforcement.

  • June 04, 2024

    Nearly A Third Of Over 55s Dipping Into Pensions Early

    Almost three in 10 retirees over the age of 55 have said they had withdrawn money from their pension before retirement as savers continue to feel squeezed by rising living costs, Just Group said Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    UK Finance Firms 'Triple Clean Energy Investment' To $2.3B

    Britain's financial firms tripled their investments in clean energy projects to $2.3 billion in 2023, up from $800 million the year before, according to a new study published Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    Enviro Assets Investor To Launch £10M Share Buyback

    Green assets investor Octopus said on Tuesday that it is launching a share buyback worth up to £10 million ($12.8 million) — the first chunk of a wider program that aims to reduce outstanding share capital amid concerns its stock is undervalued.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons On Using 3rd-Party Disclosure Orders In Fraud Cases

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    The expansion of the gateway for service out of jurisdiction regarding third-party information orders has proven to be an effective tool against fraud since it was introduced in 2022, and recent case law offers practical tips on what applicants should be aware of when submitting such orders, says Rosie Wild at Cooke Young.

  • A Look At The Latest EU Alternative Investment Regulation

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    Recent amendments to the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive governing a range of alternative investment funds reflect a growing regulatory focus on nonbanking financial institutions, which expand credit to support economic growth but carry a commensurate risk, say Juliette Mills and Alix Prentice at Cadwalader.

  • Unpacking The Law Commission's Digital Assets Consultation

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    The Law Commission recently published a consultation on recognizing a third personal property category to accommodate the development of digital assets, highlighting difficulties with current models of property rights and the potential consequences of considering digital assets as personal property, say Andrew Tsang and Tom Bacon at BCLP.

  • Unpacking The FCA's Approach To AML Compliance Failures

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    In light of the upward trend of skilled-person reviews by the Financial Conduct Authority, including the latest investigation into Lloyds' anti-money laundering controls, financial firms should familiarize themselves with the mechanisms of FCA supervision and enforcement investigations, says Kathryn Westmore at RUSI.

  • New Russia Sanctions Reveal Int'l Enforcement Capabilities

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    Significant new U.K., U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russia notably target Europe-based individuals and entities accused of sanctions evasion, and with an apparent political will to enhance capabilities, the rhetoric is translating into international enforcement activity, say lawyers at Cadwalader.

  • What COVID Payout Ruling Means For Lockdown Loss Claims

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    While the High Court's recent COVID-19 payout decision in Gatwick v. Liberty Mutual, holding that pandemic-related regulations trigger prevention of access clauses, will likely lead to insurers accepting more business interruption claims, there are still evidentiary challenges and issues regarding policy limits and furlough, say Josianne El Antoury and Greg Lascelles at Covington.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EEA Equivalence Statement Is Welcomed By Fund Managers

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    The recent statement confirming European Economic Area equivalence to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities for U.K. overseas funds regime purposes removes many managers’ concerns in the wake of Brexit, giving a clear pathway out of temporary marketing permissions and easing the transition from one regime to another, says Catherine Weeks at Simmons & Simmons.

  • In Int'l Arbitration Agreements, Be Clear About Governing Law

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    A trilogy of recent cases in the English High Court and Court of Appeal highlight the importance of parties agreeing to explicit choice of law language at the outset of an arbitration agreement in order to avoid costly legal skirmishes down the road, say lawyers at Faegre Drinker.

  • Crypto As A Coin Of The Corporate Realm: The Pros And Cons

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    The broadened range of crypto-assets opens up new possibilities for employers looking to recruit, incentivize and retain employees through the use of crypto, but certain risks must be addressed, say Dan Sharman and Sunny Mangatt at Shoosmiths.

  • Comparing UK And EU's View On 3rd-Party Service Providers

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    The U.K. is taking welcome steps to address the lack of direct oversight over critical third-party service providers, and although less onerous than that of the EU Digital Operational Resilience Act, the U.K. regime's proportionate approach is designed to make providers more robust and reliable, say lawyers at Shearman.

  • Key Points Of BoE Response To Digital Pound Consultation

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    Lawyers at Hogan Lovells analyze the recent Bank of England and U.K. government response to a consultation on the launch of a digital pound, finding that the phased approach to evaluating the issues makes sense given the significant potential impact on the U.K. economy.

  • Goldman Prosecution Delivers A Clear Sign Of FCA Strength

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    The recent successful prosecution of a former Goldman Sachs analyst for insider dealing and fraud is a reminder to regulated individuals that economic crime will never be tolerated, and that the Financial Conduct Authority is willing to bare its teeth in the exercise of its prosecutorial remit, says Doug Cherry at Fladgate.

  • The Good, The Bad And The New Of The UK Sanctions Regime

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    Almost six years after the Sanctions and Money Laundering Act was introduced, the U.K. government has published a strategy paper that outlines its focus points and unveils potential changes to the regime, such as a new humanitarian exception for financial sanctions, highlighting the rapid transformation of the U.K. sanctions landscape, says Josef Rybacki at WilmerHale.

  • A Look At Environment Agency's New Economic Crime Unit

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    Sophie Wood at Kingsley Napley explains how the Environment Agency’s newly established Economic Crime Unit will pursue criminal money flows from environmental offenses, and discusses the unit’s civil powers, including the ability to administer account freezing and forfeiture orders, says Sophie Wood at Kingsley Napley.

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