UK Financial Services

  • March 22, 2017

    Calls Grow For Financial Cybercrime Regulator

    Britain’s financial services sector should have its own cybersecurity watchdog because the industry is not doing enough to counter the growing threats, an influential lawmaker said Thursday.

  • March 22, 2017

    UK Supreme Court Hands AIG Partial Win In Aggregation Fight

    U.S. insurance giant AIG's European unit was left only partially victorious Wednesday in its long-running suit to aggregate 214 indemnity claims arising from failed property investments, after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled that the claims must be split into two groups.

  • March 22, 2017

    UK Supreme Court Hands FCA Advantage In Identity Cases

    The U.K. Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to vindicate the Financial Conduct Authority’s claim that it did not identify a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive in a controversial penalty notice is a shot in the arm for the British regulator but could strip away rights of other individuals facing future action, lawyers say.

  • March 22, 2017

    Lawmakers Push For Cooperation On Justice In Brexit Talks

    A U.K. parliamentary committee urged the government on Wednesday to prioritize securing mutual recognition and enforcement of court judgments with the EU as part of the Brexit negotiations that will begin at the end of the month.

  • March 22, 2017

    EBA Tells Cross-Border Regulators To Fight Bad Debt

    Europe’s financial regulatory teams must concentrate on pressing firms to slash debt levels and help cut down the bloc’s €1 trillion ($1.05 trillion) mountain of bad loans, the European Banking Authority said Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    ESMA Backs Commission's Clearinghouse Recovery Plan

    The head of Europe’s top securities watchdog on Wednesday backed European Commission plans for sweeping new rules to wrap up clearinghouses that run into trouble and prevent governments from having to rescue firms that play a key role in the over-the-counter securities market.

  • March 22, 2017

    EU Seeks National Antitrust Power To Search Phones, Laptops

    The European Commission on Wednesday proposed legislation to give national antitrust authorities new powers to more effectively police banks and businesses, including allowing access to personal phones, laptops and tablets.

  • March 22, 2017

    Banks Could Get Post-Brexit Transition Period: ECB Official

    Banks based in the U.K. that apply for an EU license after Brexit will be granted a transitional period by the European Central Bank to allow them to continue using internal models to calculate capital requirements — but there will be no “race to the bottom” on regulation, a senior official said Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Europe Plans To Delay Clearing Rules For Small Firms

    Small nonbank financial firms will be granted an extra two years to comply with the European Union’s rulebook for derivatives markets under proposals quietly issued by the EU’s executive arm on Friday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Finance Firms Boost UK Effort To Promote Gender Diversity

    A U.K. government campaign to achieve greater gender equality in the top ranks of financial services companies now extends to almost half the financial sector, the Treasury department said on Wednesday, as it revealed the program had been adopted by a further 33 firms.

  • March 22, 2017

    Big Data Won't Make Insurance Unaffordable, Lobby Claims

    A major insurance lobby downplayed fears on Wednesday that the rise of big data will massively bump up costs for some policyholders by allowing their individual risks to be pinpointed with greater precision.

  • March 22, 2017

    FCA Wins London Whale Identity Case In UK Supreme Court

    The Financial Conduct Authority won a landmark case in the the U.K. Supreme Court on Wednesday over the identification of individuals in its public censure notices, overturning decisions in the lower courts that had threatened to complicate the FCA’s ability to enforce market rules.

  • March 21, 2017

    UK Banks Face Calls For £740M Money Laundering Probe

    British lawmakers called Tuesday on the government to investigate a media report that top British banks were used to process £740 million ($922 million) from a Russian money laundering scheme.

  • March 21, 2017

    European Ministers Back Tougher Oversight Of Fintech

    European ministers on Tuesday voted their approval for regulators to take a tougher stance on the rapid advancement of financial technology.

  • March 21, 2017

    Europe Urged To Look To US Model On Fining Banks

    Europe should consider hitting more banks with civil penalties for criminal misconduct to help it close the huge gap on fines levied across the Atlantic, according to a report published Tuesday by the European Parliament.

  • March 21, 2017

    Goldman To Move Hundreds Of Staff From London Pre-Brexit

    Goldman Sachs will move hundreds of jobs out of London as it begins implementing its contingency plans ahead of a Brexit deal, the chief executive of its international arm said Tuesday.

  • March 21, 2017

    No Seat For UK As EU Calls Brexit Summit For April 29

    Leaders of the remaining 27 European Union states will meet April 29 to agree to Brexit negotiating guidelines, a month after U.K. Prime Minister May plans to trigger the formal process for Britain's leaving the bloc, the president of the EU’s political arm said Tuesday.

  • March 21, 2017

    EU Commission Mulls Revamp Of Financial Supervisors

    The European Commission announced Tuesday it is taking stock of the effectiveness of the European Supervisory Authorities as it launched a consultation into whether changes to their current mandate and operations are needed.

  • March 21, 2017

    ECB May Be Unable To Poach Euro Clearing From London: UK

    The U.K. government believes that the European Central Bank may be powerless to force euro-denominated contracts clearing out of London after Brexit, according to documents released Tuesday.

  • March 21, 2017

    BOE Directors Launch Review After Top Official Resigns

    The directors of the Bank of England, a top U.K. financial regulator, have launched a sweeping review after its deputy governor resigned for failing to reveal a potential conflict of interest for almost four years, the bank’s governor said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Inside FCA Consultation Paper 17/5

    Nicholas Holmes

    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority recently published CP 17/5 — "Reforming the availability of information in the U.K. equity IPO process." Ashurst LLP attorneys Nicholas Holmes and Caroline Chambers explain the details of the consultation paper and what it means for stakeholders.

  • Contracting Accidentally Through Preliminary Agreements

    Glenn D. West

    One of the more litigated issues in transactional law is whether parties to a writing evidencing preliminary intent to proceed with a proposed transaction actually contracted and, if so, to what extent. Two recent cases, one from England and one from New York, illustrate the difficulty this issue can present to deal professionals and their counsel, says Glenn West of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • MiFID 2: The Essential Checklist

    Emma Radmore

    The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive means change to significant parts of the U.K. legislative and regulatory structure, and no firm will be unaffected. Those that have not by now produced their gap analysis and action plan may struggle to ensure they are compliant by January 2018, say Emma Radmore and Andrew Barber of Bond Dickinson LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Don't Bet On Unsupported Worldwide Order To Secure Assets

    Lincoln Caylor

    The approach by the English Court of Appeal in Saleh v. U.K. Serious Fraud Office is welcome from an asset-recovery perspective. Parties seeking to freeze or seize assets in a foreign jurisdiction should not be hamstrung by a blindly made order rendered without evidence or argument, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • UK Limited Partnership Reform Will Benefit Investors

    Matt Lewy

    A deficiency of the U.K.'s current limited partnership legislation is that it does not set out what constitutes “management.” But investors will soon have comfort that they will not lose their limited liability status on the basis that undertaking any management activity constitutes management of the partnership, says Matt Lewy of Baker Botts LLP.

  • UK Leads Anti-Corruption Enforcement: Implications Of UWOs

    Ian Hargreaves

    As it is unlikely there will be significant opposition to the Criminal Finances Bill in the House of Lords, it is likely to become law during the mid to late part of 2017. "Unexplained wealth orders" will be a new and powerful tool available to U.K. criminal authorities to seize assets, says Ian Hargreaves of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Top 5 Business And Human Rights Concerns For Companies To Monitor

    Christopher Walter

    Businesses are being bombarded with information about their responsibilities toward global human rights and other nonfinancial efforts. According to Covington & Burling LLP attorneys Christopher Walter and Hannah Edmonds, U.K. businesses should be actively monitoring five key developments.

  • The UK Senior Managers Regime: 1 Year Later

    Elly Proudlock

    On March 7, it will be one year since the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's senior managers and certification regime came into force, heralding a new era of personal accountability in the financial sector. But it probably won't be until the subject of an enforcement action challenges the attribution of responsibility before the Upper Tribunal that the SMCR will be tested in any meaningful way, says Elly Proudlock of WilmerHale.