Financial Services UK

  • March 25, 2024

    FCA Warns Fund Managers Over Third-Party Supervision

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday it has found failings in how some hedge fund managers rely on third parties to help manage the fund, possibly undermining efforts to prevent financial crime. 

  • March 25, 2024

    UK Firms To Get More Influence On Pension Fund Investing

    British companies will probably enjoy greater sway over the investment decisions taken by their pension plans under new rules being considered by The Pensions Regulator, a consultancy said on Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Staveley On The Hook For £3.4M After Failed Court Battle

    Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley failed Monday to have a repayment demand from a Greek shipping magnate set aside as a High Court judge ruled that she had 21 days to hand over £3.5 million ($4.4 million).

  • March 25, 2024

    Lebanese-Owned Bank Breached AML Rules, Watchdog Finds

    Switzerland's financial regulator said Monday that Banque Audi (Suisse) SA has breached rules designed to tackle money-laundering and must give up 3.9 million Swiss francs ($4.3 million) in illicit profits.

  • March 22, 2024

    Investment Firm Fights To Save £43M Delayed Hotel Claim

    An investment firm pleaded with a London court on Friday not to throw out its £43 million ($54 million) claim against a hotelier who it says scuppered a hotel project in Scotland by demanding last-minute changes.

  • March 22, 2024

    JPMorgan Gets Early Trial On US Regs In Viva Wallet Dispute

    J.P. Morgan on Friday was granted an expedited London trial on some of the issues in its warring claims with the founder of a Greek payment company co-owned by the investment bank over the fintech business' value.

  • March 22, 2024

    Money Laundering Ringleader Jailed For £560K Bank Con

    A fraudster who set up sham carpet and furniture businesses as part of a money laundering scheme that lost banks £560,000 ($705,000) has been jailed for six years and four months, the U.K.'s Insolvency Service said Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    Glencore Cannot Deny Knowing It Was Corrupt, Investors Say

    Glencore cannot claim it "reasonably believed" it was telling the truth when it failed to disclose it orchestrated a global bribery scheme during an initial public offering that raised $10 billion, institutional investors suing the mining and trading group have said.

  • March 22, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    4 Charged For Unregulated Water Investment Scam

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday it has charged four individuals with allegedly defrauding investors out of £3.9 million ($4.9 million) in an unregulated water investment scheme.

  • March 22, 2024

    UK Tax Avoidance Scheme Promoter Fined £900K

    A Liverpool-based company that promoted a tax avoidance scheme to medical professionals must pay a £900,000 ($1.1 million) penalty, according to a tribunal ruling published by HM Revenue and Customs on Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    87-Year-Old Billionaire Lewis Seeks No Jail For Insider Trading

    Lawyers for British billionaire Joe Lewis have asked a Manhattan federal judge not to impose any prison time after his plea to insider trading, saying a term of probation is appropriate because the 87-year-old is "nearing the end of life in declining health."

  • March 22, 2024

    Oil Shipper Fails To Have UK Sanctions Temporarily Lifted

    A Dubai-based oil shipping company failed in its attempt to have U.K. sanctions temporarily lifted after a London judge ruled Friday that the British foreign secretary has to review the decision to designate the company before the courts have jurisdiction to rule on its claim.

  • March 22, 2024

    EU Watchdog Fines Ratings Firm €2M For Conflict Of Interest

    The markets watchdog of the European Union said Friday that it has fined German credit ratings agency Scope Ratings GmbH €2.2 million ($2.4 million), and issued a public notice after it failed to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

  • March 22, 2024

    Audit Agency Backs Gov't Non-Financial Reporting Reforms

    The Financial Reporting Council voiced its support for the U.K. government's plans to update non-financial reporting requirements on Friday, emphasizing the importance of simplifying the framework to help companies access capital.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banksy Co. Calls Instagram Post True In £1.3M Libel Case

    The company that manages anonymous street artist Banksy has defended a £1.35 million ($1.7 million) claim that he posted a defamatory Instagram post about a licensing company using his artwork on clothing without his permission, saying it was substantially true.

  • March 21, 2024

    LC&F Was 'Doomed From The Start,' Administrator Tells Trial

    An administrator of London Capital & Finance said on Thursday that the mini-bonds provider was "doomed from the start," as he gave evidence at the £237 million ($300 million) investment scandal trial at a London court.

  • March 21, 2024

    HSBC Settles Investors' £240M Claim Over Disney Tax Scheme

    HSBC has settled a £240 million ($304 million) claim brought by more than 100 investors alleging that the bank misled them to finance a Disney film tax relief scheme it developed which turned out to be worthless.

  • March 21, 2024

    Ex-OneCoin Attorney Says 1 Year In Prison Is Enough

    A Bulgarian woman who held the title of legal and compliance executive at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange asked a Manhattan federal judge to credit her for the year she'd spent in prison in harsh conditions and not sentence her to any more jail time.

  • March 28, 2024

    White & Case Hires 2nd Funds Pro From Ropes & Gray

    White & Case LLP has recruited a private funds lawyer from Ropes & Gray LLP — the second time it has hired a specialist as a partner from the London office of its U.S. rival in recent months.

  • March 21, 2024

    Influencer Denies Contempt Charge Over 'Lavish Lifestyle'

    The founder of a French startup argued against accusations of contempt of court on Thursday after his former company accused him of "flagrantly" breaching a worldwide freezing order by continuing to live a "lavish lifestyle."

  • March 21, 2024

    Audit Watchdog To Probe UK Sustainability Assurance Market

    The Financial Reporting Council on Thursday said it would be studying the quality of sustainability assurance services in the U.K. to ensure the market is providing high-quality guarantees over companies' reporting.

  • March 21, 2024

    FCA Tells Consumer Lenders To Detect Financial Crime Better

    The City watchdog has warned chief executives of consumer lending firms that they must improve on their detection of financial crime.

  • March 21, 2024

    ECJ Adviser Rejects Taxing Foreign Pension Funds Differently

    Taxing dividends paid to foreign public pension funds while exempting dividends paid to the source country's general retirement savings funds contravenes European Union law, an adviser to the bloc's highest court said Thursday, backing Finnish pension funds' challenge of a Swedish law.

  • March 21, 2024

    Nationwide Agrees To Buy Virgin Money For £2.9B In Cash

    Nationwide Building Society said Thursday that it will buy Virgin Money UK for £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion) in cash, in a deal backed by the boards of both companies.

Expert Analysis

  • Economic Crime Act Brings Changes For Limited Partnerships

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    The recently passed Economic Crime Act introduces significant financial transparency obligations for new and existing U.K. limited partnerships, and with criminal consequences for noncompliance, a degree of advance consideration is strongly advised, say Amelia Stawpert and Alex Jones at Hogan Lovells.

  • ESMA Report Offers A Glimpse At EU's Securitization Future

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    The European Securities and Markets Authority’s recent overview of the EU securitization sector suggests a growing market for both investors and businesses and offers useful insight into future regulatory priorities, says Alan Bunbury at Matheson.

  • What The Auto-Enrollment Law Means For UK Workforce

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    In a welcome step to enhance retirement savings, the U.K. government is set to extend the automatic enrollment regime by lowering the eligibility age and reducing the lower qualifying earnings limit, but addressing workers' immediate financial needs remains a challenge, says Beth Brown at Arc Pensions.

  • UAE Bank Case Offers Lessons On Enforcing Foreign Rulings

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    The High Court recently clarified in Invest Bank v. El-Husseini that foreign judgment debts may be enforceable in England, despite being unenforceable in their jurisdiction of origin, which should remind practitioners that foreign judgments will be recognized in England if they are final and conclusive in their court of origin, say lawyers at Macfarlanes.

  • Revised OECD Guidelines Key In Shaping Business Standards

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    The OECD’s recent revised guidelines on responsible business conduct, supported by a domestic government agencies’ grievance referral mechanism, have already influenced EU due diligence standards, and enterprises engaging in the unique procedure will benefit from case-specific nuances, parallel proceedings and the availability of confidentiality protections, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Libor Fallback To Prime May Increase Corporate Loan Costs

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    Despite preparations and legislative actions related to the transition away from Libor earlier this year, there remains a contingent of corporate borrowers that have fallen through the cracks and could face increased costs if their loans default to prime rates, say Nathan Moore and Dana Bradley at WilmerHale.

  • Report Can Aid With Sustainable Finance Disclosure Filings

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    The European Supervisory Authorities recently issued a report on companies' consideration of the principal adverse impacts of their investment decisions on sustainability factors, providing examples of good and bad disclosure practices under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, which firms should note in their future reporting, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Protecting The Arbitral Process In Russia-Related Disputes

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    Four recent High Court and Court of Appeal rulings concerning anti-suit injunction claims illustrate that companies exposed to litigation risk in Russia may need to carefully consider how to best protect their interests and the arbitral process with regard to a Russian counterparty, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Audit Reform Takeaways After Record KPMG Fine

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    The Financial Reporting Council’s recent £21 million fine against KPMG for its Carillion audit work failures is representative of the agency’s increasing proactivity in policing audit quality, and brings to light the U.K. government’s slow-moving but ongoing efforts to majorly reform audit sector regulations, says Paul Brehony at Signature Litigation.

  • RSA Insurance Ruling Clarifies Definition Of 'Insured Loss'

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    A London appeals court's recent ruling in Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance v. Tughans, that the insurer must provide coverage for a liability that included the law firm's fees, shows that a claim for the recovery of fees paid to a firm can constitute an insured loss, say James Roberts and Sophia Hanif at Clyde & Co.

  • Putin Ruling May Have Unintended Sanctions Consequences

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    By widening the scope of control, the Court of Appeal's recent judgment in Mints v. PJSC opens the possibility that everything in Russia could be deemed to be controlled by President Vladimir Putin, which would significantly expand the U.K.'s sanctions regime in unintended ways, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Navigating The New Framework On Nature-Related Reporting

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    The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures’ recently published disclosure framework represents a significant step toward the coalescence of nature-related disclosure standards for corporates and financial institutions, and has the potential to influence investor expectations and future regulation, say lawyers at Kirkland.

  • FCA Engagement Signals New Direction In ESG Disclosures

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    The Financial Conduct Authority recently published a response to a consultation on sustainability-related standards, highlighting the regulator's priorities for the U.K.'s green transition, including an early indication that it may turn its attention to nature-based disclosures, say Ferdisha Snagg and Andreas Wildner at Cleary.

  • New Policies Will Aid UK Cos. Accessing US Capital Markets

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    The U.K. government's recent adoption of regulations permitting the use of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, and announcement of measures to remove a 1.5% tax on certain share issues and transfers, should help ensure that England remains an attractive holding company jurisdiction for companies seeking a listing on U.S. stock exchanges, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • Key Takeaways From ICO Report On Workforce Monitoring

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    The Information Commissioner's Office recently published guidance on workplace monitoring, highlighting that employers must strike a balance between their business needs and workers' privacy rights to avoid falling afoul of U.K. data protection law requirements, say lawyers at MoFo.

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