Financial Services UK

  • April 03, 2024

    OneCoin Atty Gets 4 Years For Role In $4B Crypto Fraud

    The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the $4 billion cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded millions of investors around the world.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Billionaire Lewis Agrees To $1.64M Insider Trading Penalty

    British billionaire Joseph Lewis has agreed to pay $1.64 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's civil claims he fed confidential tips to his personal pilots and then-girlfriend after pleading guilty to related criminal charges earlier this year.

  • April 03, 2024

    Forex Broker Wins Deceit Claim Over TV Transactions

    A forex broker has won in his 7.9 billion Nigerian naira ($5.9 million) deceit claim over an English brokerage's alleged failure to pay out dollars for naira after a London judge ruled that the firm would not be able to defend against it.

  • April 03, 2024

    More Pension Schemes Considering Running On, LCP Says

    An increasing number of pensions schemes are considering running on their retirement savings plans as funding levels continue to strengthen in the U.K., a consultancy has said.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Regulators Propose Special Regime For Digital Securities

    Britain's finance regulators proposed on Wednesday a special regulatory regime to allow firms to use new technology to issue, trade and settle digital shares and bonds, a move they hope will boost the country's global competitiveness.

  • April 03, 2024

    Single Pensioner Income Inequality Found To Be Widening

    Government data shows income disparity between rich and poor single pensioners is widening in the U.K. due to low earnings growth and rising housing costs, according to research by consultancy Broadstone published Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Watchdog Bans 'Misleading' Advertisements By UK Lender

    The advertising watchdog said Wednesday that it has banned "misleading" promotions by Nationwide Building Society that boasted of its record of keeping branches open amid closures by competitors, pointing out that the lender has shut just over 150 branches in a decade.

  • April 03, 2024

    EU Watchdog To Set ESG Rules For Credit Rating Agencies

    The European Union's markets regulator has proposed rule changes to clarify how credit rating agencies should use environmental, social and governance factors in their ratings amid continued concerns that their approaches lack clarity.

  • April 03, 2024

    Fintech Alpha Pushes Plan To List On London's Main Market

    Alpha Group International PLC on Wednesday confirmed its plan to shift its shares to the London Stock Exchange's main market to boost its reputation and its business prospects.

  • April 03, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Goldman Sachs Unit Buys Stake In Credit Fund

    Goldman Sach's private equity unit has acquired Italian asset manager Azimut's 20% stake in private credit fund Kennedy Lewis for $225 million, the companies said Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Insurer Lands Battery Brand Pension Scheme In £44M Deal

    Insurer Just Group said Wednesday it has completed a £44 million ($55.3 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by battery and lighting brand Energizer Group Ltd.

  • April 03, 2024

    Alleged Water Investment Fraudsters Appear In Court

    Three men who allegedly defrauded investors out of £3.9 million ($4.9 million) through an unregulated water investment scheme appeared at a London criminal court Wednesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Denies He Blew Whistle To Deflect Scandal

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer denied under cross-examination Tuesday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he brought whistleblower concerns about alleged accounting irregularities to the software company's Deloitte auditors to "cover" himself after a payroll scandal emerged in his department.

  • April 02, 2024

    Feds Seek Leniency For UK Billionaire Lewis In Trading Case

    Prosecutors have told a Manhattan federal judge that 87-year-old British billionaire Joe Lewis should serve less than 18 months in prison after he pled guilty to insider trading, citing his age and health and arguing he "has otherwise lived a law-abiding life."

  • April 02, 2024

    UK Reaches Landmark AI Risk Testing Agreement With US

    The U.K. government said Tuesday it had reached a landmark agreement with the U.S. to share the testing of advanced models for artificial intelligence, after highlighting in a report its increasing use by cybercriminals to attack financial institutions and business.

  • April 02, 2024

    Accountant Fined And Banned For Triple Loan Fraud

    The former director of a management consultancy has been banned from running a company for 12 years and agreed to pay back £75,000 ($94,000) after having claimed five times the amount his firm was entitled to under a government-backed COVID-19 loan program, the U.K. Insolvency Service said Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Luxembourg's Deduction Rules Flout EU Law, Bloc Tells Court

    The European Commission asked the European Union's Court of Justice to rule that Luxembourg is breaking EU law by including securitized entities among financial undertakings that are allowed deductibility of interest payments, the EU's Official Journal said Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Cost Of COVID Fraud Crackdown Leaves Authorities In A Bind

    As British authorities dial back their worst fears about the scale of fraud linked to COVID-19 relief loans, legal experts say the initial crackdown to prosecute rogue directors has faltered as the costs start to outweigh the benefits.

  • April 02, 2024

    UK Makes 2027 Commitment To 1-Day Securities Settlement

    HM Treasury has said that Britain will start a one-day cycle for securities trade settlement by December 2027, bringing the country into harmony with other markets to reduce the risk that those involved will fail to meet their obligations.

  • April 02, 2024

    Small UK Cos. 'Freed' From VAT Payments By Threshold Rise

    Some 28,000 businesses have been "freed" from paying value-added tax as the registration threshold rose from £85,000 ($106,000) to £90,000 in revenue, HM Treasury has said.

  • April 02, 2024

    Insurers Say Pension Models Could Undercut Auto-Enrollment

    Government plans to introduce new pension pot models risk undermining the success of automatic enrollment and could have a negative impact on retirement saver outcomes, the Association of British Insurers has warned.

  • April 02, 2024

    UBS To Launch $2B Buyback After Credit Suisse Deal Closes

    UBS said Tuesday that it will launch a share buyback program to return up to $2 billion to shareholders as the Swiss lender prepares to kickstart its capital returns after its takeover of Credit Suisse AG is finalized in June.

  • April 01, 2024

    Autonomy Paid Whistleblower $750K Over Firing, Jury Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer testified Monday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he was fired after blowing the whistle to British regulators about accounting irregularities, and revealed that Autonomy later paid him $750,000 to resolve his wrongful termination claims.

  • March 28, 2024

    Feds Say Ex-OneCoin Atty Should Serve 'Substantial' Time

    Manhattan federal prosecutors have requested a "substantial" amount of prison time for a Bulgarian woman who worked on the legal team at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange, but said the sentence should fall below the guidelines range of 10 years.

  • March 28, 2024

    Ex-Plastics Co. Manager Found Guilty Of Insider Dealing

    A former manager at a plastics company was found guilty of insider dealing on Thursday by a London jury, but his friend was acquitted of similar charges in connection with the £261 million ($329 million) purchase of a rival company.

Expert Analysis

  • Technology And AI: 2024's Legal And Regulatory Landscape

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    Alexander Amato-Cravero at Herbert Smith discusses what businesses and their lawyers can expect in the year ahead in terms of regulation, policies and associated risks related to advancing technologies and artificial intelligence, including the need for increased internal governance and workforce engagement.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • A Look At 2023's Landmark Insolvency Developments

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    The insolvency landscape in 2023 witnessed pivotal court decisions that will continue to shape the industry in 2024, with a focus on refining director and administrator duties and obligations, and addressing emerging challenges, says Kerri Wilson at Ontier.

  • Pension Industry Should Monitor Evolving ESG Issues In 2024

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    ESG thinking in the pensions industry has substantially evolved from focusing on climate change and net-zero to including nature and social considerations, and formalizing governance processes — illustrating that, in 2024, continually monitoring ESG issues sits squarely within trustee fiduciary duties, says Liz Ramsaran at DWF.

  • What 2024 Has In Store For White Collar Crime Enforcement

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    Changes in Serious Fraud Office leadership and corporate crime laws in the U.K. signal a chance to kickstart enforcement in 2024, and companies need to stay alive to risks within their business, preparing in particular for the new offense of failure to prevent fraud, say lawyers at Latham.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • Regulating Digital Platforms: What's Changing In EU And UK

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    Lawyers at Mayer Brown assess the status of recently enacted EU and U.K. antitrust regulation governing gatekeeper platforms, noting that the effects are already being felt, and that companies will need to avoid anti-competitive self-preferencing and ensure a higher degree of interoperability than has been required to date.

  • How Boards Can Mitigate Privacy, Cybersecurity And AI Risks

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    In 2023, data privacy, cybersecurity and AI persist as prominent C-suite concerns as regulators stepped up enforcement, and organizations must develop a plan for handling these risks, in particular those with a global footprint, say lawyers at Latham.

  • The Outlook For UK Restructuring Plans At Home And Abroad

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    The U.K. continues to be a center for large-cap, cross-border restructurings, though its competitive edge over the EU in this regard may narrow, while small and medium-sized enterprises are already likely to avoid costly formal processes by reaching out to their secured lenders for restructuring solutions, say Paul Keddie and Timothy Bromley-White at Macfarlanes.

  • Foreign Assets Ruling Suggests New Tax Avoidance Approach

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in His Majesty's Revenue & Customs v. Fisher, which found that the scope of the transfer of foreign assets is narrow, highlights that the days of rampant tax avoidance have been left behind, and that the need for wide-ranging and uncertain tax legislation is lessening, says James Austen at Collyer Bristow.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From 2023's Bank Failures

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    This year’s banking collapses, coupled with interest rate rises, inflation and geopolitical instability have highlighted the need for more robust governance, and banks and regulators have learned that they must adequately monitor and control liquidity risk to protect against another financial crisis, say Juliette Mills and Alix Prentice at Cadwalader.

  • An Overview Of European Private Investments in Public Equity

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    Although still fairly rare, private investments in public equity may continue to be an attractive option for some European issuers seeking to secure equity financing, and advisers planning such an investment should consider the various local options, requirements and norms, say lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Cos. Must Monitor Sanctions Regime As Law Remains Unclear

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    While recent U.K. government guidance and an English High Court's decision in Litasco v. Der Mond Oil, finding that a company is sanctioned when a designated individual is exercising control over it, both address sanctions control issues, disarray in the law remains, highlighting that practitioners should keep reviewing their exposure to the sanctions regime, say lawyers at K&L Gates.

  • Unpacking The UK's Proposals To Regulate Crypto-Assets

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    Recent proposals for crypto-asset regulation in the U.K. demonstrate support for crypto's potential, but there is concern around the authorization process for organizations undertaking crypto-asset activities, and new regulations will require a more detailed assessment of firms' compliance not previously addressed, say Jessica Lee and Menelaos Karampetsos at Brown Rudnick.

  • The Top 7 Global ESG Litigation Trends In 2023

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    To date, ESG litigation across the world can largely be divided into seven forms, but these patterns will continue developing, including a rise in cases against private and state actors, a more complex regulatory environment affecting multinational companies, and an increase in nongovernmental organization activity, say Sophie Lamb and Aleksandra Dulska at Latham.

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