Financial Services UK

  • July 11, 2024

    Labour Urged To Represent All Generations In Policy Planning

    The new Labour government must ensure that its policy agenda reflects the needs of all generations, pensions provider Aegon said on Thursday, saying its research suggests that under-50s are more positive about their long-term financial planning than those who are older.

  • July 11, 2024

    Barclays Sued By Trader For Suspending Investor's Account

    Barclays is being sued for allegedly blocking a customer from trading on the bank's investor platform and failing to tell the market trader when selling could resume, losing him £6.7 million ($8.6 million) in profit.

  • July 11, 2024

    Social Media Influencers Deny FCA Charges Over Forex Ads

    Eight reality TV stars and social media influencers pleaded not guilty to charges brought by the Financial Conduct Authority at a London court on Thursday over claims that they promoted a high-risk trading scheme dealing in financial products without authorization.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CFO Formally Banned After Conviction

    The U.K. audit watchdog said on Thursday that it has formalized its 20-year exclusion from the accountants' professional body of the chief financial officer of software company Autonomy after he was convicted of fraud and securities offenses in the U.S.  

  • July 11, 2024

    FCA Overhauls Share Listing Rules To Boost LSE

    The Financial Conduct Authority unveiled a "significant" revamp of its share listings regime on Thursday, a move to help the London Stock Exchange provide corporate financing and stay competitive with other global financial centers. 

  • July 10, 2024

    Deutsche Bank Settles Ex-Trader's Malicious Prosecution Suit

    Deutsche Bank has settled a lawsuit brought by a former trader who claimed the bank scapegoated him when the U.S. Department of Justice began an investigation into suspected interest rate rigging, according to a Wednesday filing in New York federal court.

  • July 10, 2024

    HMRC, CPS Beat Financier's Claim Over Botched Prosecution

    HM Revenue and Customs and the Crown Prosecution Service have beaten claims of malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office by a corporate financier following a failed criminal fraud case, with a judge finding that they had enough evidence to pursue him.

  • July 10, 2024

    FCA Beats Applicant's Claim Over Noise Aversion Condition

    The Financial Conduct Authority did not fail to accommodate a job applicant with a sound sensitivity condition, an employment tribunal has ruled after finding the agency did everything it could to mitigate her condition.

  • July 10, 2024

    UK Prosecutors Secure 1st Monero Crypto Payout

    A drug dealer has paid back £15,000 ($19,200) of his illegal profits by surrendering his Monero cryptocurrency to a U.K. government agency, the first time the coin has been sold off in a Crown Prosecution Service case.

  • July 17, 2024

    Travers Smith Hires Infrastructure Finance Pro From WFW

    Travers Smith LLP announced Wednesday that it has recruited a specialist in infrastructure finance from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, boosting the firm's partnership ranks after it suffered a recent wave of exits.

  • July 10, 2024

    Citi Rebuked Over Botched Misconduct Probe Into Trader

    A decision by Citigroup to fire a trader amid allegations that he had given misleading updates on deals was unfair because its probe was plagued by delays and led to an unreasonable finding of gross misconduct, a tribunal has ruled.

  • July 10, 2024

    Gov't Appoints Minister For Both Treasury And DWP

    The new Labour government has appointed a minister spanning HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions, a move that analysts said could indicate a more joined-up approach to pensions policy.

  • July 10, 2024

    Finance Co. Can't Escape Liability In £1.7M Failed Investments

    A finance company has failed to duck liability for botched property investments worth approximately £1.7 million ($2.2 million) as a London appeals court found the firm had accepted responsibility for another business to arrange the deals.

  • July 10, 2024

    PE Biz TowerBrook Bids £253M For Payments Platform Co.

    Private equity shop TowerBrook Capital Partners LP has made an improved cash offer of £253 million ($325 million) for Equals Group PLC, the British financial technology company said Wednesday after it put itself up for sale.

  • July 09, 2024

    Hedge Fund Says Nickel Pause Was 'Regulatory Overreaction'

    A U.S. hedge fund on Tuesday sought to revive its claim against the London Metal Exchange over the market's decision to cancel over $12 billion in nickel trades, arguing that the exchange never had the power to do so.

  • July 09, 2024

    Labour Gov't Plans Investment-Boosting National Wealth Fund

    The U.K. Treasury on Tuesday detailed plans to create a National Wealth Fund worth £7.3 billion ($9.3 billion) to boost private investment in energy and infrastructure, part of the new Labour government's plans to stimulate economic growth.

  • July 09, 2024

    Global Standard Setter Guides Firms On Third-Party Risk

    A global banking standard setter on Tuesday proposed new principles to guide banks and regulators on how to manage and supervise risks from services increasingly outsourced to external organizations due to technology growth.

  • July 09, 2024

    MHA MacIntyre Hudson, 2 Ex-Staff Fined For Audit Failures

    Britain's accounting watchdog on Tuesday said it had fined MHA MacIntyre Hudson LLP and two of its former employees for "numerous breaches" in the audits of a subsidiary of commodities business Monaco Resources Group.

  • July 09, 2024

    Malaysian Investor Fights To Block €36M Claim At Top Court

    A Malaysian businessman urged the U.K.'s top court on Tuesday to rule that a creditor should be blocked from bringing a €36 million ($39 million) claim against him because it already won a declaration in an earlier action pursuing the debts. 

  • July 09, 2024

    Pensions Bill Unlikely In King's Speech, Aegon Says

    Sweeping pension reform is unlikely to be included in the first King's Speech under Keir Starmer's newly elected government, pensions provider Aegon said Tuesday as it predicted that existing changes in retirement savings policy might take center stage.

  • July 09, 2024

    FCA To Require Criminal Record Checks On New Firm Owners

    The Financial Conduct Authority has proposed to require owners and controllers of financial firms applying for authorization to obtain criminal background checks.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Pensions Minister Timms Returns To DWP In New Gov't

    Former pensions minister Stephen Timms has returned to the Department for Work and Pensions in the new Labour government, the ministry has said. 

  • July 09, 2024

    BBC Rebuffed In Effort To Cut Costs Of £20B Pension Scheme

    An attempt by the British Broadcasting Corp. to reduce benefits for employees enrolled in its £19.8 billion ($25.4 billion) pension scheme has been rebuffed as the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of members on Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Thomas Cook Creditors To Get Back £280M After Asset Sale

    Creditors of Thomas Cook will receive a total of £280 million ($358 million) before the end of September after the senior civil servant overseeing the liquidation sold all available assets owned by the collapsed travel giant, according to the Insolvency Service.

  • July 08, 2024

    FX Fund Says Investments Wiped Out By Legit Trading Losses

    An investment fund that lost a client's money trading on the foreign exchange market has denied running a scam, claiming it owes the investor nothing because the losses were part of normal day-to-day trading.

Expert Analysis

  • '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.

  • Decoding Arbitral Disputes: The Benefits Of Non-EU Venues

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    In Spain v. Triodos, a Swedish appeal court recently annulled an intra-EU investment treaty award, reinforcing a growing trend in the bloc against enforcing such awards, and highlighting the advantages of initiating enforcement proceedings in common law jurisdictions, such as the U.K., says Josep Galvez at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.

  • How Proposed Platforms For Unlisted Co. Trading May Work

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    The U.K. government is continuing development of its proposed private intermittent securities and capital exchange system to facilitate secondary share trading in private companies through a regulatory sandbox while ironing out details, representing an innovative step for unlisted company liquidity, say lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Experian Ruling Helps Cos. Navigate GDPR Transparency

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    In Information Commissioner v. Experian, the Upper Tribunal recently reaffirmed the lawfulness of the company's marketing practices, providing guidance that will assist organizations in complying with the GDPR’s transparency obligations, say lawyers at Jenner & Block.

  • Clarity Is Central Theme In FCA's Greenwashing Guidance

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    Recent Financial Conduct Authority guidance for complying with the U.K. regulator's anti-greenwashing rule sends an overarching message that sustainability claims must be clear, accurate and capable of being substantiated, say lawyers at Cadwalader.

  • How New FCA Rules Strengthen Borrower Protections

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s recently published final rules, aimed at strengthening protections for borrowers in financial difficulty by regularizing good practices across the industry, put its previous guidance on a permanent footing and send a clear message to firms that this issue remains a regulatory priority, say James Black, Julie Patient and Mark Aengenheister at Hogan Lovells.

  • Opinion

    New Property Category Not Needed To Regulate Digital Assets

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    The U.K. Law Commission's exploration of whether to create a third category of property for digital assets is derived from a misreading of historical case law, and would not be helpful in resolving any questions surrounding digital assets, says Duncan Sheehan at the University of Leeds.

  • FTSE Draft Rules Show Impact Of FCA Listing Reforms

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    FTSE Russell’s recently published provisional rule changes represent a much-awaited indication of its response to the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s proposed listing reforms, providing a level of certainty that will assist issuers and advisers in preparing for the implementation of the regime, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • FCA Strikes A Balance With 'Finfluencer' Guidance

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    With financial firms leveraging social media to engage with a broader audience, the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent "finfluencer" guidance signals a recognition of the imperative to adapt regulatory frameworks while maintaining a firm commitment to consumer protection, say David Allinson and Damien O'Malley at RPC.

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • What To Know About The Russia-Stranded Plane Ruling

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    The High Court's recent decision in Zephyrus Capital Aviation v. Fidelis Underwriting, rejecting reinsurers' U.K. jurisdiction challenges in claims over stranded planes in Russia, has broad implications for cross-border litigation involving exclusive jurisdiction clauses, says Samantha Zaozirny at Browne Jacobson.

  • 3 Notable Pensions Reforms In Spring Budget

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    The U.K. government’s spring budget introduced reforms to improve pension outcomes through the value for money framework and the lifetime provider model, as well as to encourage investments in Britain — three interlinked areas that could pressure trustees and providers to rethink how they approach investments, say Liz Ramsaran and Marcus Fink at DWF.

  • Assessing The FCA Data Study's Response To User Concerns

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s recently published report on the supply of wholesale financial data differs from others in its exceptional breadth and analysis of an enormous volume of information, but in its reluctance to address market power or pricing directly, the regulator’s approach is still cautious, say Emma Radcliffe and Greg Dowell at Macfarlanes.

  • Focus On Private Funds Will Boost Ireland's Global Standing

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    As the market increasingly pivots to private funds, Ireland's recent introduction of particular products — such as an updated, flexible European long-term investment fund — provides more structuring opportunities and paves the way for a brighter outlook in the country, say lawyers at Dechert.

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