Financial Services UK

  • June 21, 2024

    Russian Bank Founder Hit With Asset Freeze In $850M Claim

    A London judge froze the assets of the co-founder of a Russian bank in a hearing Friday, in the latest development of an $850 million fraud claim in which two Russian lenders are seeking to claw back allegedly embezzled funds.

  • June 21, 2024

    OECD Official Sees Amount B Deal Helping With Amount A

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is close to a final deal on a key part of its efforts to establish new international taxing rights under Amounts A and B of its Pillar One plans, according to the organization's tax chief.

  • June 21, 2024

    Austrian Bank Beats Challenge To 'Easybank' TM

    Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo lost its challenge to an Austrian bank's "easybank" trademark, after the Austrian bank persuaded the European Union's intellectual property office that it had put its direct banking brand to good use.

  • June 21, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 21, 2024

    European Funds Want Laxer Rules On Derivatives Calls

    A European investment fund industry trade body has called for a reduction in proposed global rules to manage calls for extra money supporting derivatives positions intended to reduce the risk of a market crisis.

  • June 21, 2024

    Axiom Stays £65M Action As Directors Claim Bankruptcy

    A London judge ruled on Friday that shuttered firm Axiom Ince can stay its almost £65 million ($82 million) claim against its ex-director and several of his companies for allegedly misappropriating client funds, saying the main defendant has been declared bankrupt.

  • June 20, 2024

    Pensioners Still Taxed With 'Triple Lock Plus,' LCP Says

    The ruling Conservative Party's pledge to add a tax break to the anti-inflation "triple lock" on pensions would still mean that 2.5 million U.K. pensioners will be taxed, consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    WTW Says Professional Trustee Appointments Up 11%

    Professional trustee appointments have surged by 11% over the past year, with corporate sole trustee appointments rising at 14%, according to WTW's 2024 professional trustee survey published Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Mastercard Settles Retailers' Swipe Fees Group Litigation

    Mastercard has settled a class action claim brought by more than 1,900 businesses in ongoing litigation over allegations it imposed excessively high credit card fees on merchants, a person familiar with the case has confirmed.

  • June 20, 2024

    Aegon Plans ESG Shakeup Of £12B Workplace Pension Fund

    Pensions provider Aegon on Thursday announced a raft of measures to overhaul its £12 billion ($15.2 billion) workplace retirement fund, as it plots to reduce its carbon emissions and invest more in unlisted assets.

  • June 20, 2024

    Financial Watchdog Launches First-Ever ESG Probe Into Biz

    The Financial Conduct Authority has opened its first-ever enforcement investigation into a company over climate-related issues, lawyers from an environmental legal campaign group said on Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    A&O Shearman-Led Bridgepoint Makes £626M Offer For Rival

    Alpha Financial Markets Consulting Ltd. said Thursday that a company controlled by asset fund manager Bridgepoint Advisers is weighing a £578 million ($734 million) takeover and that it would recommend that to shareholders if it makes a formal bid.

  • June 20, 2024

    FCA Backs Police In Illegal £1B Crypto-Scheme Arrests

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Thursday that it worked with the Metropolitan Police on an operation that resulted in the arrest of two individuals suspected of running an illegal £1 billion ($1.3 billion) crypto-asset business.

  • June 20, 2024

    Sainsbury's To Pay NatWest £125M To Exit Bank Unit

    Sainsbury's will pay NatWest approximately £125 million ($159 million) to take on most of the personal banking assets of the U.K. retail giant, the companies said Thursday, as grocers look to exit the consumer banking market.

  • June 19, 2024

    Stripe Seeks To Revoke ATM Network's TMs

    Stripe has urged a court to revoke trademarks owned by the main ATM network in the U.K., which accused the online payment processor of infringement and hijacking its reputation by using the "Link" name for a payment service.

  • June 19, 2024

    Mastercard Cuts Time-Barred Claims From £10B Class Action

    A London tribunal has wiped out a swathe of claims from a £10 billion ($12.7 billion) class action against Mastercard for being time-barred, dismissing allegations on Wednesday that the credit card giant had hidden information about its interchange fees from consumers.

  • June 19, 2024

    EU Gov'ts Agree Position On Simpler Data-Sharing Rules

    European Union governments agreed where they stand on new rules on Wednesday to help most financial regulators in the bloc to share data, with more efficient reporting by watchdogs and companies.

  • June 19, 2024

    Coinbase Loses Bid For EU Trademark Resembling Letter 'C'

    Cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase failed to persuade a European court to upend an intellectual property office ruling that rejected its figurative trademark for a shape resembling the letter "C" as the court backed the ruling that the application lacked distinctive character.

  • June 19, 2024

    Plane Not 'Lost' In $15M Stranded Jet Row, Chubb Says

    Chubb European Group SE has said it is not liable for $14.7 million claimed by the Irish wing of a U.S. aircraft leasing company to cover the claimed loss of a plane stranded in Russia because the insurer says it is not actually lost.

  • June 19, 2024

    New UK Gov't 'Should Push EU' For Extended Tax Relief Deal

    A trade body for investment companies has said that whichever political parties forms the new government on July 5 should make it a priority to ensure that the European Union ratifies the U.K.'s recent decision to extend existing tax relief for venture capital trusts.

  • June 19, 2024

    Swiss Watchdog Ends UBS-Credit Suisse Merger Controls

    Switzerland's financial watchdog said Wednesday that it has cleared the takeover by UBS of stricken rival Credit Suisse AG after finding that the rescue deal would not harm competition in any domestic market.

  • June 19, 2024

    Fieldfisher Steers £165M Mineral Biz Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva said on Wednesday that it has completed a full retirement savings plan buy-in worth £165 million ($210 million) sponsored by mineral miner and processor Sibelco UK Ltd., in a deal guided by Fieldfisher LLP.

  • June 19, 2024

    Nasdaq Stockholm Fined $9.6M For Compliance Breaches

    The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority said Wednesday that it has fined Nasdaq Stockholm 100 million Swedish krona ($9.6 million) for failing to maintain adequate trade monitoring systems and initiating trading in financial instruments without the necessary approval.

  • June 18, 2024

    Regulator Reminds Merging Firms To Put Clients First

    The regulator for solicitors in England and Wales on Tuesday issued a new warning notice, reminding law firms that their clients' interests must be the top priority during legal industry mergers and acquisitions.

  • June 18, 2024

    Hargreaves Lansdown Backs £5.4B CVC, Abu Dhabi Bid

    The board of Hargreaves Lansdown PLC said Tuesday that it would be willing to recommend to its shareholders a sweetened £5.4 billion ($6.9 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of private equity companies, including CVC and the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi.

Expert Analysis

  • Assessing The Energy Act 2023, Eight Months On

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    Although much of the detail required to fully implement the Energy Act 2023 remains to be finalized, the scale of change in the energy sector is unprecedented, and with the U.K. prioritizing achieving net-zero, it is likely that developments will continue at pace, say lawyers at Paul Hastings.

  • Opinion

    Why Timing Makes UK Libor Judgments Controversial

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in the R v. Hayes and Palombo appeal against Libor convictions demonstrates that had U.K. regulators probed with the facts known today, civil claims in all jurisdictions would be dismissed and a decadelong wasted investigation should be put to rest, says Charles Kuhn at Clyde & Co.

  • Tips For Orgs Using NDAs In Light Of New UK Legislation

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    The recent passage of the Victims and Prisoners Act follows a crackdown on the misuse of nondisclosure agreements, but although NDAs are not prohibited and regulators recognize their legitimate justification, organizations relying on them must be able to clearly explain that justification if challenged, say attorneys at Macfarlanes.

  • What Alternative Fuel Proposals Mean For EU Infrastructure

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    The European Union’s proposed Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility, covering activities in the transport sectors supporting the decarbonization process, sets ambitious standards regarding the deployment of adequate supply infrastructure and offers new funding opportunities for port operators and shipowners, says Christian Bauer at Watson Farley.

  • Continuation Funds: What You Need To Know

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    As the continuation fund market matures, the structure and terms of these transactions have become increasingly complex, presenting challenges that should be carefully navigated by participants to ensure a successful transaction process, say lawyers at Skadden.

  • EU Anti-Greenwashing Guide Analyzed For Fund Managers

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    Anna Maleva-Otto and Matthew Dow at Schulte Roth explain how the European Securities and Markets Authority’s new guidelines on sustainability-related terms in fund names aim to protect European Union investors from unsubstantiated claims, and how they provide quantifiable criteria for determining which terms can be used to promote their funds.

  • FCA 'Finfluencer' Trial Exposes Social Media Promo Risks

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    The upcoming Financial Conduct Authority prosecution of nine individuals for Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 violations is the first time an online influencer will be tried for using social media to promote investments, demonstrating the need to be wary of the specific legal requirements surrounding financial product promotion, says David Claxton at Red Lion.

  • A Look At US-EU Consumer Finance Talks' Slow First Steps

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    The unhurried and informal nature of planned discussions between the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the European commissioner for justice and consumer protection suggests any coordinated regulatory action on issues like AI and "buy now, pay later" services is still a ways off, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • FCA Doubles Down On New Priorities With Target ID Plan

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    Respondents to the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent consultation on its plan to publicly name subjects under investigation are concerned that the regulator’s cost-benefit analysis has not adequately considered the risks, but the FCA is holding firm, and it seems likely the changes will be implemented, says James Tyler at Peters & Peters.

  • Examining Senior Managers' Accountability For AI Use

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    With the Financial Conduct Authority's artificial intelligence update and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s letter to the government offering key guidance on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, Senior Managers in these organizations need to show they have taken steps to prevent breaching requirements in order not to be held personally accountable, says Jennifer Holyoake at DLA Piper.

  • FCA Brokerage Changes Offer Asset Managers Wider Options

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s fast-tracked plan to lift its controversial ban on joint payments to broker-dealers for third-party services will be welcomed by many asset managers wishing to return to a soft commission structure, say Richard Frase and Simon Wright at Dechert.

  • What Cos. Should Know About The EU Greenwashing Rules

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    The EU's recently proposed Green Claims Directive introduces new rules to improve the transparency and honesty of environmental claims in advertising, which will help ensure that consumers receive accurate and reliable information to make informed purchasing decisions, says Daja Apetz-Dreier at Morgan Lewis.

  • Sanctions Ruling Opens Door For Enforcer To Clear Up Rules

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    In Vneshprombank v. Bedzhamov, the High Court recently argued against a broader interpretation of the test on reasonable suspicion for asset freezes, offering the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation an opportunity to clarify when freezes should be applied and respond to judicial criticism of its guidance on financial sanctions, says Tasha Benkhadra at Corker Binning.

  • 'Debanking' Complaints Highlight Need For Flexibility In AML

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    The House of Commons' Treasury Committee's concerns about bank account closures have highlighted certain counterproductive features of anti-money laundering laws, and the review offers the opportunity for a more flexible approach, says John Binns at BCL Solicitors.

  • Mitigating Incarceration's Impacts On Foreign Nationals

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    Sentencing arguments that highlighted the disparate impact incarceration would have on a British national recently sentenced for insider training by a New York district court, when compared to similarly situated U.S. citizens, provide an example of the advocacy needed to avoid or mitigate problems unique to noncitizen defendants, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

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