Financial Services UK

  • April 23, 2024

    FCA To Return £530K To Investors From Deposit-Taking Scam

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday it will return £533,000 ($664,000) in recovered money to investors who were hit by a deposit scam run through two companies, including a soccer league operator.

  • April 23, 2024

    FCA Charges Man With Fraud In £2.7M Investment Scheme

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday that it had charged a British man with fraud after he hid "significant losses" from investors as part of a £2.67 million ($3.33 million) scheme trading on foreign exchange markets.

  • April 23, 2024

    Bank Of Ireland Used Deceit To Loan Millions, Investor Claims

    Bank of Ireland allegedly deceived a real estate investment business into borrowing millions from it by giving inflated property evaluations based on old estimates that were £1.2 million ($1.5 million) higher than up-to-date figures, according to a London court filing.

  • April 23, 2024

    Investment Fund Accuses Repository Of Dishonesty

    A U.K. investment fund has accused a registered securitization repository of acting dishonestly and unlawfully when it repeatedly refused to provide the fund's subsidiary access to data critical to help it make informed decisions about future investments.

  • April 23, 2024

    FCA Clarifies Greenwashing Rule, Extends ESG regime

    The Financial Conduct Authority has published clarifying final guidance on its anti-greenwashing rule for all regulated firms, saying on Tuesday that it will also extend its broader sustainability regime to include portfolio managers.

  • April 23, 2024

    Top UK Court Blocks Gazprom Unit's Russian UniCredit Claim

    Britain's highest court upheld an injunction on Tuesday barring a Gazprom subsidiary from pursuing a €450 million ($480 million) claim against UniCredit Bank AG in Russia after the German lender withheld financing for the construction of gas processing plants because of sanctions.

  • April 22, 2024

    Finance Biz. Sues Ex-Contractor For £1.6M Over Stolen Clients

    A finance company has accused a self-employed adviser of breaching obligations after exiting the company and taking more than a hundred customers worth £1.6 million ($1.9 million) of future income with her to a competitor. 

  • April 22, 2024

    Freshfields-Led CVC Unveils Range On $1.7B Amsterdam IPO

    European private equity giant CVC Capital Partners PLC, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, on Monday set a price range on initial public offering estimated to raise about €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion), mostly benefiting selling shareholders.

  • April 22, 2024

    Trader Behind £1.4B Tax Fraud Thought Trades Were Valid

    A British trader accused of being the mastermind of a fraudulent trading scheme that cost Denmark's tax authority £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) genuinely believed that the trades worked, his lawyer told a London court on Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    Med Tech Founder Denies Deceiving Investors For $20M Sale

    The co-founder of a medical technology business has denied concealing his financial interest in a $20 million deal to purchase shares in his company, claiming he was never told it was important to reveal the seller's identity to the investment company.

  • April 22, 2024

    Leaked Doc Undermines Court's Libor Findings, Hayes Says

    A leaked document from Britain's former banking trade association casts doubt over a key finding in the Court of Appeal's decision to uphold the convictions of two traders jailed for rigging interest rate benchmarks, one of the men claimed Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    Commerzbank Did Not Pay Analyst Less Due To His Gender

    Commerzbank did not pay an axed compliance analyst a lower salary than his female colleagues based on his sex, a London tribunal has held, ruling that the bank based its pay offers on salary expectations among other benchmarking factors.

  • April 22, 2024

    Complaints Of Closed Bank Accounts To Ombudsman Surge

    Customer complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service about closure of or refusal to open bank accounts have risen sharply in the last year, particularly from businesses, according to figures recently released by a select group of members of Parliament.

  • April 22, 2024

    FCA To Consider Big Tech Data-Sharing With Finance Firms

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday it will examine how Big Tech's access to data could be valuable to firms in the finance sector if it reveals consumers' preferences, and will consider setting out incentives to encourage information-sharing.

  • April 22, 2024

    FCA Defends Response To British Steel Pension Scandal

    The Financial Conduct Authority on Monday said it took "appropriate regulatory action" amid complaints over its handling of the British Steel Pension Scheme transfer scandal and would not uphold any of the grievances it has received over its approach.

  • April 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Adds Private Capital Pro From Paul Hastings

    Clifford Chance LLP has recruited an investments expert to join its London office as a partner, as the firm looks to add "firepower" to its global financial markets team.

  • April 22, 2024

    Fund Administrator Eyes $21M Deal For JPMorgan Chase Biz

    Jersey-based fund administrator JTC PLC said Monday it has offered to buy a trust administration business owned by JP Morgan Chase Bank NA for $21 million, a move it believes will strengthen its presence in the U.S.

  • April 22, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Blackstone Bids $1.2B For Music Biz Hipgnosis

    Private equity firm Blackstone has tabled an enhanced $1.2 billion bid for U.K. music royalties investment company Hipgnosis, countering an offer from U.S. royalties firm Concord Chorus.

  • April 22, 2024

    FCA Urged To Halt Plan To Publicize Enforcement Probes

    The Financial Conduct Authority's plan to name the firms it probes and publish information about investigations at an earlier stage risks an unjustified departure from the "fundamental principle" of being innocent until proven guilty, a House of Lords committee warned in a letter published Monday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Reed Smith Can't Escape £21M Suit Says Shipping Co.

    A United Arab Emirates shipping company suing Reed Smith LLP for £21 million ($26.1 million) has accused the law firm of "surreptitiously" telling Barclays Bank that the shipping company was sanctioned by the U.S. resulting in its funds being frozen.

  • April 19, 2024

    Verifone Gets Manager's Victimization Claim Tossed

    Electronic payment tech company Verifone convinced an appellate judge Thursday to overturn an employment tribunal's ruling that it victimized a senior manager when it denied her the chance to appeal her dismissal.

  • April 19, 2024

    Sudan Granted Two-Year Grace Period In £1.5B Debt Row

    Long-standing creditors of Sudan were granted a two-year stay of their claim against the nation on Friday, with a London judge agreeing with the creditors that the country should be given time to stabilize its financial situation in the wake of political turmoil.

  • April 19, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen U.K. holiday resort chain Butlins target Aviva and a huddle of insurers, Meta and WhatsApp tackle a patents claim by telecommunications company Semitel, an ongoing construction dispute between Essex County Council and Balfour Beatty, and Formycon AG hit a pharmaceutical company for infringing medical products. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 19, 2024

    Bank Of Cyprus Rolls Out €25M Share Buyback

    Bank of Cyprus Holdings PLC on Friday launched a share buyback program worth up to €25 million ($26.6 million) aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • April 19, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Drop Plans For Small UK Pension Pots

    The government must abandon its controversial plans to tackle the proliferation of small pension pots and instead revisit a solution that was passed into law a decade ago, a consultancy said Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Green Loans May Be Hungary's Path To Sustainable Financing

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    Fueled by a rising trend in the use of green loans, Hungary is making impressive progress in its journey toward achieving a net-zero future, although the development of social and sustainability-linked loans is still a work in progress, say Gergely Szalóki and Bálint Bodó at Schönherr.

  • How The Law Must Change To Accommodate Digital Assets

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    The Law Commission's recent report shows that the common law of England and Wales is well suited to adapt to digital assets, and with targeted statutory reform to unlock the possibility of recognizing property in intangible things, the U.K. can become an ideal hub for parties to transact with emerging technology, says Sarah Green at the commission.

  • Tackling Global Inflation Is A Challenge For Antitrust Agencies

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    Recent events have put pressure on antitrust agencies to address the global cost-of-living crisis, but the relationship between competition and inflation is complex, and with competition agencies’ reluctance to act as price regulators, enforcement is unlikely to have a meaningful impact, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Key Findings From EBA's Money Laundering Report

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    The European Banking Authority's recent report on money laundering and terrorist financing risks, highlighting that payment institutions may be ineffectively assessing or managing those risks, makes clear that addressing its findings will be essential to protecting the European Union from financial crime, say lawyers at Hogan Lovells.

  • Cos. Using AI Should Note Regulators' Privacy Concerns

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    The past year’s unprecedented explosion in the use of artificial intelligence tools has sparked fears over the way personal data may be collected and treated, and organizations adopting AI will need to ensure that they have a lawful basis to use data collected in this way, says Paula Williamson at Excello Law.

  • Comparing EU And UK Proposals To Regulate ESG Ratings

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    Ferdisha Snagg and Andreas Wildner at Cleary examine the key aspects of the EU proposal for regulating environmental, social and governance rating activities and draw comparisons to the U.K. proposal regarding scope, substantive provider obligations on regulated providers and the likely timeline for adoption and implementation.

  • Digital Assets Consultation Offers First Step In Regulation

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    The recently published International Organization of Securities Commissions consultation intending to establish coordinated international regulation of cryptocurrency and digital assets, will benefit and protect retail investors against financial crime risk, also allowing legitimate market entrants to distinguish themselves from less scrupulous participants, says Fred Saugman at WilmerHale.

  • EU And UK Crypto-Asset Consumer Rights Look Set To Differ

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    The U.K. government's recent consultation paper lacks an extended cooling off period to cancel crypto-asset purchases, which notably deviates from the European Union Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation, but depending on feedback, the U.K. may eventually adopt similar consumer protection measures, say Felicity Forward and Matt Green at Shoosmiths.

  • EU Sustainability Initiatives Will Affect Emissions Trading

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    The measures recently adopted by the EU in its "Fit for 55" legislative package to revise its emissions trading system and establish a carbon border adjustment mechanism have far-reaching implications for companies needing to implement changes to offset the potential effects of their business operations, say Melanie Bruneau, Giovanni Campi and Annette Mutschler-Siebert at K&L Gates.

  • The Benefits Of Uniformity In EU Anti-Corruption Proposals

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    The proposed directive requiring European Union member states to incorporate uniform anti-bribery measures would bring greater harmony and consistency, doing much to facilitate the prevention of bribery and drive common standards in the compliance culture of companies, say lawyers at White & Case.

  • What To Know About 'Prior Obligations' Sanctions Exemption

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    The U.K. Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation recently issued a "prior obligations" general license authorizing U.K. persons to receive funds or economic resources owed to them by any person targeted by U.K. asset freeze sanctions, and it is novel for its scope but by no means a panacea, say Jane Shvets and Konstantin Bureiko at Debevoise.

  • Recent Cases Mark Maturation Of CAT Class Cert. Approach

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    The Competition Appeal Tribunal's recent refusal to grant collective proceedings applications against Visa and MasterCard in the Commercial and Interregional Card Claims case shows that the tribunal takes its role as a gatekeeper seriously, and that it will likely continue to be difficult for defendants to defeat certification first time around, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Why The UK Needs Tougher Fraud Enforcement

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    The Crown Court's recent conviction of Anthony Constantinou for running a Ponzi scheme is a rare success for prosecutors, highlighting the legal system's painfully slow course when it comes to complex fraud, and the need for significant funds and resources in the fight against financial crime, says James Clark at Quillon Law.

  • What New FCA Management Will Mean For Enforcement

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    Therese Chambers’ first speech since becoming the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s joint executive director provided insightful observations about the expected behaviors of firms and their legal advisers during investigations, indicating the advent of a proactive, prosecution-minded enforcement agency trying to do the right thing, says Richard Burger at WilmerHale.

  • Global M&A Outlook: Slow But Moving Along

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    Global merger and acquisition markets had a tough start to the year, with inflation, rising interest rates and the Ukraine conflict knocking sentiment, but in the macroeconomic, deal makers have continued to unearth pockets of activity to keep deal volumes ticking over, say lawyers at White & Case.

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