Financial Services UK

  • 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.

  • March 20, 2024

    Spanish Investment Co. Beats Slovak TM Opposition In EU

    A Spanish investment company has won an appeal to revive its trademark application, as European officials ruled that buyers of financial services paid a "high degree of attention" and wouldn't think that the sign was linked to a Slovak company.

  • March 20, 2024

    Investor Seeks To Toss €10M Case Over Share Deal Row

    An investment company urged a London court on Wednesday to throw out a €10.2 million ($11 million) claim by an asset management firm, arguing that it had not consented to the terms of the sale of shares in a luxury Greek resort.

  • March 20, 2024

    Russian F1 Driver's EU Sanctions Over Oligarch Father Lifted

    A Formula One racing driver and son of a Russian oligarch has won his fight to lift European Union sanctions, with a court ruling Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to prove that his business interests were benefiting from his fathers' wealth.

  • March 20, 2024

    Health And Safety Top Risk For Directors, Global Survey Says

    Health and safety is the top risk for directors and officers worldwide, according to a survey published Wednesday, in a "surprise" result partly attributed to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and increasing mental health considerations.

  • March 20, 2024

    Ex-Russian Minister Fails To Renew Bid To Jail Deripaska

    The Court of Appeal dismissed on Wednesday an attempt by Vladimir Chernukhin, a former Russian minister, to have his ex-business associate Oleg Deripaska jailed for contempt of court, finding that a judge had been entitled to conclude the case had not met the criminal standard of proof.

  • March 20, 2024

    Bank of Cyprus Eyes €137M Investor Return After ECB Nod

    The Bank of Cyprus Group said Wednesday it intends to boost shareholder returns to €137 million ($149 million) by launching a share buyback and ramping up dividends, after receiving the green light for both payouts from the regional banking watchdog.

  • March 20, 2024

    Swiss Watchdog To Inspect UBS Closely For Merger Impact

    The Swiss financial markets regulator said Wednesday it plans 40 on-site supervisory reviews at UBS AG in Switzerland and abroad and two in-depth stress tests in 2024 to assess the result of the bank's merger with Credit Suisse last year.

  • March 20, 2024

    AI Misuse Will Drive Cyber Insurance Demand, Actuary Says

    The use of artificial intelligence by criminals and other evolving threats will boost demand for cyber-insurance for at least the next decade, according to analysis published Wednesday by actuarial consultancy OAC.

  • March 20, 2024

    British Bank CEOs Shift Blame For Pay Fraud To Social Media

    Britain's largest banks told a cross-party group of MPs Wednesday they blamed social media and telecommunications companies for a rise in authorized push payment fraud in the banking sector, calling for mandatory requirements to help prevent it.

  • March 20, 2024

    EU Insurers Warn Regulators Of Gaps In Greenwashing Rules

    European insurers have urged the bloc's insurance and pensions watchdog to be consistent and clear with its greenwashing rules for investment products, pointing to discrepancies between jurisdictions and inconsistencies with other sustainability frameworks.

  • March 20, 2024

    Dentons AML Ruling Deals Blow To SRA's Enforcement Plans

    The failure by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to secure a sanction against Dentons over the firm's handling of anti-money laundering checks on a former client is a blow to the regulator's enforcement ambitions which – if upheld – could prompt caution in future prosecutions, lawyers say.

  • March 20, 2024

    Slaughter And May Cuts Partner Promotions By Half In 2024

    Slaughter and May said on Wednesday that it is adding to its bench of up-and-coming leaders by promoting five lawyers to its partnership — only half the number it elevated in 2023.

  • March 20, 2024

    Ex-LC&F Chief Says SFO And FCA 'Wrecked' His Career

    A former director of London Capital & Finance had his career "wrecked" by the finance regulator and fraud investigation agency when they forced the investment company into administration without reason, his lawyers said at his trial Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2024

    Woman Guilty Of Laundering Proceeds Of £5B Bitcoin Fraud

    A British-Chinese woman has been convicted of money laundering in London over allegations that she helped a fugitive Chinese national launder bitcoin converted from a £5 billion ($6.3 billion) investment fraud, it can now be reported.

  • March 20, 2024

    HMRC Makes U-Turn On Helpline Cuts After Backlash

    The U.K. tax authority backtracked Wednesday on plans to close down several helplines for taxpayers from April through September after facing criticism from politicians and industry groups.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Creating A Safe Workplace Goes Beyond DEI Compliance

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    The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority recently proposed a new diversity and inclusion regulatory framework to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, and companies should take this opportunity to holistically transform their culture to ensure zero tolerance for misconduct, says Vivek Dodd at Skillcast.

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