Financial Services UK

  • April 05, 2024

    UK Pension Schemes Maintain Near-Record Surpluses

    The aggregate surplus of the U.K.'s defined benefit pension sector remained at near-record levels of around £151 billion ($190.8 billion) in March, a consultancy has said.

  • April 12, 2024

    Fieldfisher Expands Pensions Practice With 4 PwC Hires

    European law firm Fieldfisher LLP has announced it is bolstering its U.K. pensions practice by hiring a partner, two directors and an associate from PwC UK.

  • April 04, 2024

    UK Billionaire Lewis Avoids Prison For Insider Trading

    A New York federal judge on Thursday sentenced British billionaire Joe Lewis to three years of probation for feeding his girlfriend and private-jet pilots nonpublic stock tips about his private equity firm's portfolio companies, saying a prison term would put the 87-year-old at "serious risk" of death.

  • April 04, 2024

    Mayer Brown Adds Former KPMG Tax Specialist In London

    Mayer Brown has added a former KPMG tax professional to its London office to advise clients on asset management and fund matters in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, the firm announced.

  • April 04, 2024

    Investors Hit Agent For £2.3M Over Failed Care Home Scheme

    Care home investors have sued an investment agent for £2.3 million ($2.9 million) in a London court over claims they promoted a "fundamentally flawed" property development scheme as a safe and reliable investment.

  • April 04, 2024

    Law Firm Defeats Adviser's Unfair Redundancy Claim

    A Scottish law firm didn't unfairly cull one of its financial advisers during a redundancy process because bosses scored candidates with a reasonable checklist, an employment tribunal has ruled. 

  • April 04, 2024

    Insurer Wants Greater Flexibility On State Pension Age

    The U.K. government should explore giving Britons more choice over when they can start claiming their state pension amid concerns over increases to the official retirement age, insurer Aegon said Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    Pillsbury's New UK White Collar Chief Eyes Success In London

    Former Serious Fraud Office "powerhouse" Audrey Koh is in the building, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman says it now has the tools to launch its white-collar and corporate investigations practice in London. Here, Koh and managing partner Matthew Oresman survey the legal landscape.

  • April 04, 2024

    FCA To Claw Back £1.6M From Fund Manager For Investors

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Thursday that it has won court approval to take £1.6 million ($2 million) from fund manager Argento Wealth and its only director, who promoted two allegedly unlawful investment schemes.

  • April 04, 2024

    Fladgate Sued For $26.5M Over Botched Debt Claim Advice

    Fladgate LLP lost an investment fund an estimated $26.5 million after negligently advising it on how to take action to recover money owed under bonds, according to a High Court claim.

  • April 04, 2024

    UK Joins Global Data Protection Enforcement Program

    Britain's data watchdog said Thursday it has signed a new agreement with the Global Cooperation Arrangement for Privacy Enforcement to cooperate on cross-border data protection with the U.S. and eight other Pacific Rim countries.

  • April 04, 2024

    Financial Ombudsman Braces For Bigger Caseload

    The U.K. Financial Ombudsman Service said Thursday that it had upped its estimate of how many complaints it expects to receive in the coming financial year to 210,000 from 181,000 due to increased everyday financial concerns.

  • April 04, 2024

    Standards Setter Warns Of Conflicts Of Interest In Exchanges

    A global standards setter for regulators warned Thursday of the risk of conflict of interests in stock exchanges, including in situations where exchanges also run data or technology services.

  • April 04, 2024

    Standard Life Bags Insurer's Pension Plan In £95M Deal

    Standard Life has completed a £95 million ($120 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by Brit Insurance in a deal guided by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • April 04, 2024

    Money Was Siphoned To Former Exec's Wife, Insurer Says

    A Liechtenstein insurer suing two of its former directors for allegedly funneling millions of pounds to accounts they had ties to has now accused one of the men's wives of also benefiting from unauthorized payments.

  • April 03, 2024

    OneCoin Atty Gets 4 Years For Role In $4B Crypto Fraud

    The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the $4 billion cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded millions of investors around the world.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Billionaire Lewis Agrees To $1.64M Insider Trading Penalty

    British billionaire Joseph Lewis has agreed to pay $1.64 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's civil claims he fed confidential tips to his personal pilots and then-girlfriend after pleading guilty to related criminal charges earlier this year.

  • April 03, 2024

    Forex Broker Wins Deceit Claim Over TV Transactions

    A forex broker has won in his 7.9 billion Nigerian naira ($5.9 million) deceit claim over an English brokerage's alleged failure to pay out dollars for naira after a London judge ruled that the firm would not be able to defend against it.

  • April 03, 2024

    More Pension Schemes Considering Running On, LCP Says

    An increasing number of pensions schemes are considering running on their retirement savings plans as funding levels continue to strengthen in the U.K., a consultancy has said.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Regulators Propose Special Regime For Digital Securities

    Britain's finance regulators proposed on Wednesday a special regulatory regime to allow firms to use new technology to issue, trade and settle digital shares and bonds, a move they hope will boost the country's global competitiveness.

  • April 03, 2024

    Single Pensioner Income Inequality Found To Be Widening

    Government data shows income disparity between rich and poor single pensioners is widening in the U.K. due to low earnings growth and rising housing costs, according to research by consultancy Broadstone published Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Watchdog Bans 'Misleading' Advertisements By UK Lender

    The advertising watchdog said Wednesday that it has banned "misleading" promotions by Nationwide Building Society that boasted of its record of keeping branches open amid closures by competitors, pointing out that the lender has shut just over 150 branches in a decade.

  • April 03, 2024

    EU Watchdog To Set ESG Rules For Credit Rating Agencies

    The European Union's markets regulator has proposed rule changes to clarify how credit rating agencies should use environmental, social and governance factors in their ratings amid continued concerns that their approaches lack clarity.

  • April 03, 2024

    Fintech Alpha Pushes Plan To List On London's Main Market

    Alpha Group International PLC on Wednesday confirmed its plan to shift its shares to the London Stock Exchange's main market to boost its reputation and its business prospects.

  • April 03, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Goldman Sachs Unit Buys Stake In Credit Fund

    Goldman Sach's private equity unit has acquired Italian asset manager Azimut's 20% stake in private credit fund Kennedy Lewis for $225 million, the companies said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Economic Crime Act Offers Welcome Reform To AML Regime

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act exemption for mixed-property transactions that came into force on Jan. 15 as part of the U.K.'s anti-money laundering regime is long overdue, and should end economic harm to businesses, giving banks confidence to adopt a more pragmatic approach, say Matthew Getz and Joseph Fox-Davies at Pallas Partners.

  • 3 Financial Services Hot Topics To Watch In 2024

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    Technology, ESG and private markets are set to have the greatest impact on financial markets in 2024, as firms grapple with increasing regulatory change and a shifting political backdrop on both sides of the Atlantic, says Matthew Allen at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What Venice Swaps Ruling Says About Foreign Law Disputes

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    The English appeals court's decision in Banca Intesa v. Venice that the English law swaps are valid and enforceable will be welcomed by banks, and it provides valuable commentary on the English courts' approach toward the interpretation of foreign law, say Harriet Campbell and Richard Marshall at Penningtons Manches.

  • Key Litigation Funding Rulings Will Drive Reform In 2024

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    Ground-breaking judgments on disputes funding and fee arrangements from 2023 — including that litigation funding agreements could be damages-based agreements, rendering them unenforceable — will bring legislative changes in 2024, which could have a substantial impact on litigation risk for several sectors, say Verity Jackson-Grant and David Bridge at Simmons & Simmons.

  • How Draft Trading Regs Provide Framework For UK Regime

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    Representing an important part of the U.K. government's post-Brexit regulatory reform agenda, the most recent draft of the proposed Trading Regulations seeks to provide a framework for a new rules-based regime for regulating public offers of securities and admissions to trading on a U.K.-regulated market, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • Breaking Down The New Rules For High Net Worth Individuals

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    Andrew Northage at Walker Morris outlines what businesses need to be aware of to ensure ongoing compliance with revised conditions in the U.K. government's updated financial promotion exemptions for high net worth individuals and sophisticated investors, and suggests a few practical tips for businesses to follow.

  • How Data Privacy Law Cases Are Evolving In UK, EU And US

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    To see where the law is heading in 2024, it is worth looking at privacy litigation and enforcement trends from last year, where we saw a focus on General Data Protection Regulation regulatory enforcement actions in the U.K. and EU, and class actions brought by private plaintiffs in the U.S., say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

  • Misleading Airline Ads Offer Lessons To Avoid Greenwashing

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    Following the Advertising Standards Authority's recent decision that three airlines' adverts misled customers about their environmental impact, companies should ensure that their green claims comply with legal standards to avoid risking reputational damage, which could have financial repercussions, say Elaina Bailes and Olivia Shaw at Stewarts.

  • An Overview Of UK Short Selling Regulation Reforms

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    The steps taken by the U.K. government to reform the short selling regime show a thoughtful and considered approach and a willingness to listen to industry feedback in adapting the legacy EU regime to the realities of the U.K. markets, say Anna Maleva-Otto and Matthew Dow at Schulte Roth.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • What Can Be Learned From Adobe-Figma Merger Termination

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    The Competition and Markets Authority’s role in the recent termination of the proposed Adobe-Figma merger deal indicates the regulator's intention to be seen as a strong enforcer in the technology sphere, and serves as a warning for companies to address antitrust risks early on in the merger process, say Deirdre Taylor and Molly Heslop at Gibson Dunn.

  • How FCA Listing Regime Reform Proposals Are Developing

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s recently proposed U.K. equity listings reforms maintain increased flexibility with a disclosure-based approach, but much of the new regime’s success will depend on the eligibility criteria used and whether additional governance will be required for inclusion, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Major EU AI Banking Ruling Will Reverberate Across Sectors

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent OQ v. Land Hessen decision that banks' use of AI-driven credit scores to make consumer decisions did not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, regulators indicated that the ruling would apply broadly, leaving numerous industries that employ AI-powered decisions open to scrutiny, say lawyers at Alston & Bird.

  • Key Points From Ireland's New Accountability Framework

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    The recently introduced Individual Accountability Framework is a positive step for the financial services industry in Ireland, and in contributing to cultural and practical change will encourage positive behavior and good governance for the benefit of the industry and investors, say Aongus McCarthy and Niall Esler at Walkers Global.

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