Financial Services UK

  • March 20, 2024

    Imprisoned Money Laundering Boss Ordered To Pay £3.5M

    The imprisoned ringleader of a money laundering network that smuggled tens of millions of pounds in criminal cash out of the U.K. to the United Arab Emirates has been ordered to repay £3.5 million ($4.4 million), the National Crime Agency has said.

  • March 20, 2024

    Wise Hits Back At Bad Faith TM Allegations From Tech Rival

    Payments firm Wise has hit back at a counterclaim from software company WithWise, urging the High Court to reject WithWise's claim that Wise's trademark is invalid because it is overbroad and being used as a legal weapon.

  • March 20, 2024

    FCA Warns Pension Advisers Over Treatment Of Customers

    The Financial Conduct Authority urged pension advisers on Wednesday to look at how well they are considering the needs of their clients after a sweeping review of the sector found significant shortfalls at some companies.

  • March 19, 2024

    Aspiring Atty Should Be Off HP Jury, Ex-Autonomy Execs Say

    Counsel for former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch and another defendant accused of deceiving HP into buying Autonomy at an inflated price of $11.7 billion urged a California federal judge Thursday to dismiss a juror who contacted a federal prosecutor during voir dire seeking law career advice.

  • March 19, 2024

    Indian National Loses Tax Evasion Extradition Appeal

    A London judge ruled against Indian national Sanjay Bhandari's bid to challenge the U.K. Home Secretary's decision to order his extradition Tuesday, saying he can presume that India will not breach its extradition treaty with the U.K. by prosecuting him for additional offenses.

  • March 19, 2024

    Financial Advisor 'Siphoned' Fees In Legal Fund Fraud Case

    A former financial adviser allegedly siphoned £5.8 million ($7.4 million) from an investment fund via secret commission payments as part of a legal financing fraud, prosecutors told a London jury at the start of his criminal trial Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    NMC Healthcare And Dubai Islamic Bank Settle Global Suits

    United Arab Emirates hospital operator NMC Healthcare and Dubai Islamic Bank announced on Tuesday that they have reached an out-of-court settlement resolving all litigation between them and associated third parties.

  • March 19, 2024

    HMRC Under Fire For Sharply Cutting Back Helpline Service

    The U.K. tax authority has moved too quickly to phase out helpline services for taxpayers filing self-assessment returns this year, members of Parliament said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    New UK Gov't Program Will Promote IP-Backed Lending

    The U.K. government said Tuesday it will launch a program to drive banks toward more lending to businesses with intellectual property that can use their patents and trademarks as collateral.

  • March 19, 2024

    EU Parliament Committees Approve AML Laws

    Two European Parliament committees approved new anti-money laundering legislation Tuesday for the European Union to create a single rule book for all 27 EU countries and to establish a common enforcement authority.

  • March 19, 2024

    Metals Trader Loses Bid To Halt $500M Trafigura Fraud Case

    Metals trader Prateek Gupta failed on Tuesday to have a $500 million fraud claim from Trafigura put on hold as a judge ruled that pausing the case before full disclosure would be premature.

  • March 19, 2024

    Clydesdale Bank Beats Fraud Case Over Loan Interest Rates

    A London court dismissed on Tuesday claims that Clydesdale Bank and its former owner fraudulently misrepresented calculations for fixed interest rates on business loans and imposed unjustified charges for repaying early.

  • March 19, 2024

    Tycoon Denies Staveley Feared For Life Over Loan Demand

    Amanda Staveley was not under any duress when she signed new repayment demands that allegedly make her personally liable for a £36 million ($46 million) demand from a Greek shipping magnate, his lawyers told a court on Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    UK Energy Co. Fights To Deduct £2.5M Deal Advice Fees

    An investment holding company told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that £2.5 million ($3.2 million) it paid to Deutsche Bank and others for deals advice is tax-deductible because they were the "type of services procured all the time."

  • March 19, 2024

    Gov't Had 'No Option' But To Fire Worker Over Welfare Fraud

    A civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions cannot claim he was unfairly dismissed after he used his position to process personal claims for universal credit knowing he wasn't eligible, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 19, 2024

    AI Tool Automates Climate-Related Financial Risk Analysis

    The Bank for International Settlements said Tuesday that it has developed an artificial intelligence tool that analyzes climate-related risks in the financial system by streamlining large sets of data — and could pave the way for future research applications.

  • March 19, 2024

    FCA Sets Out Priorities For New Financial Year

    The Financial Conduct Authority detailed on Tuesday its new priorities for the next financial year, setting out plans to protect consumers and boost competitiveness in Britain and to make better use of data.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO's Fraud Trial Over $11.7B HP Deal Kicks Off

    Autonomy's former CEO Michael Lynch duped HP into buying his company at the inflated price of $11.7 billion, a federal prosecutor said Monday during opening statements in the British entrepreneur's criminal trial, while Lynch's lawyer countered his client had "all the money in the world" and no motive to commit fraud.

  • March 18, 2024

    HMRC Defends Response To Tax Avoidance Ploy

    The U.K. tax authority has rejected claims that it has been "heavy-handed" by applying the loan charge to users of disguised remuneration schemes, according to a letter released on Tuesday by the Treasury Committee.

  • March 18, 2024

    Prison Sentence Persuades Ex-Solicitor To Pay FCA's Order

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday that money launderer and ex-solicitor Dale Walker has paid a final sum of £33,500 ($42,600) required under a confiscation order, persuaded by a 62-day prison sentence for failure to pay.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-LC&F Chief's Legal Team Seeks Payment Upfront For Trial

    The £237 million ($300 million) London Capital & Finance investment trial was adjourned on Monday as the company chief's former legal team refused to come back unless they were paid upfront.

  • March 18, 2024

    Hayes Laments Judge's 'Catastrophic' SFO Interview Remarks

    A former derivatives trader said Monday that, although he had admitted to dishonestly submitting figures for a key benchmark interest rate, it was unhelpful, prejudicial and ultimately "catastrophic" that the judge presiding over his trial told jurors that his conduct was misleading.

  • March 18, 2024

    WTW To Launch 'Game-Changing' Climate Finance Solution

    Insurance broker WTW said Monday it is working to launch an insurance facility that it hopes will remove risks associated with loans to private companies, a move to protect them from threats linked to climate change.

  • March 18, 2024

    FCA Levies £5.95M Fine In Fake Dividend Tax Reclaim Case

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Monday it had decided to fine the former chief executive of Indigo Global Partners Ltd. £5.95 million ($7.57 million) and ban him from the industry for participating in a Danish tax scam that falsely reclaimed dividend taxes on shares.

  • March 18, 2024

    PA Unfairly Pushed To Quit Over Underground COVID Fears

    A trader unfairly forced his personal assistant to quit after demanding that she continue to work at his house despite her concerns about catching COVID-19 on the London Underground, an appeals tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Recent Trends In European ESG-Related Shareholder Activism

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    New ESG reporting standards in the European Union, as well as recent climate change, board diversity and human rights cases, illustrate how shareholder activism may become more prominent in years to come as regulation and investor engagement continues to strengthen, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Audit Regulator Review Has Tips On Climate Metric Reporting

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    The U.K. Financial Reporting Council’s recent review of climate-related metrics and targets in listed companies’ annual reports is an extremely useful guide for issuers considering the quality of their disclosure reporting, with a number of key areas identified as central to further improvement, say lawyers at Bryan Cave.

  • What Russia Case Reveals About UK Sanctions Enforcement

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    The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation recently issued its first enforcement action under the U.K.'s expanded Russia sanctions against a relatively small company for a moderately severe breach — a decision that highlights several questions about the watchdog’s purpose and methods, say Maia Cohen-Lask and Tasha Benkhadra at Corker Binning.

  • Breaking Down The UK's Draft Updates To Prospectus Regime

    While there still may be changes, the U.K.'s near-final draft statutory instrument to update and in some parts replace the current on-shored EU prospectus regime is likely to represent a significant overhaul of the existing regime and may make U.K. capital markets a more attractive venue for listings for issuers, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Italy's Bank-Profits Tax Plan May Become Model For Eurozone

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    If Italy's recently proposed 40% bank-profits tax helps keep its populist coalition government in power, notwithstanding the European Central Bank's legal challenges, the passage could spark a windfall tax trend across the eurozone and even in the U.K., says Cris Cicala at Stinson.

  • Bitcoin Case Highlights Advanced Age Of UK's IP Law

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    An appellate court's recent decision in a case involving the copyright of bitcoin's file format emphasizes the role of copyright protection in software, and also the challenges of applying decades-old laws to new technologies, say Marianna Foerg and Ben Bell at Potter Clarkson.

  • Accountability Is Key To Preventing Miscarriages Of Justice

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    The wrongful conviction of Andrew Malkinson and other recent cases show that in order to avoid future miscarriages of justice, there needs to be a fundamental reevaluation of how investigators, prosecutors and the Criminal Cases Review Commission operate, prioritizing stronger penalties and increased funding, say Thomas Walford at Expert Evidence International and policy analyst Gerald Frost.

  • 4 Compliance Considerations Under FCA Consumer Duty

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    Following the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recent introduction of the new consumer duty regime, firms will need to be mindful of data protection implications when managing their compliance with the duty and data protection legislation, say lawyers at Bird & Bird.

  • 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.

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