Financial Services UK

  • March 26, 2024

    UK Police Arrest Over 400 In 'Henhouse' Anti-Fraud Sting

    U.K. police forces have arrested over 400 people in a monthlong fraud crackdown involving multiple national agencies, the U.K.'s National Crime Agency said Tuesday.

  • March 26, 2024

    LC&F Boss Denies Trying To Mislead Company Auditors

    The former chief of London Capital & Finance denied trying to paint a misleading picture of the mini-bond holder's finances, as he gave evidence at the £237 million ($299 million) investment scandal trial Tuesday.

  • March 26, 2024

    Gov't Issues Deadlines For Pensions 'Dashboard' Linkage

    Large pension schemes in the U.K. must connect their plans to the government's long-awaited Pensions Dashboard Program by the end of April 2025, according to new guidance.

  • March 26, 2024

    Insurance Execs Deny BDO Found Buyer For £18.5M Sale

    Directors of KGJ Insurance Services have denied owing advisory fees to BDO LLP following the sale of the insurance broker for an estimated £18.5 million ($23.4 million), claiming that BDO never proposed or introduced the buyer itself.

  • March 26, 2024

    EU Watchdog Sets Out Rules For Green Bond Issue Reviewers

    The European Union's financial markets regulator on Tuesday proposed rules for external reviewers of green bond issues across the bloc, to help stop greenwashing and conflicts of interest.

  • March 26, 2024

    Over Regulation Restricted Defined Benefit Pensions, MPs Say

    The government should change the focus of the U.K.'s pension watchdog, lawmakers said Tuesday, warning that years of excessive caution on regulation has nearly wiped out the country's remaining defined benefit retirement plans.

  • March 26, 2024

    FCA Warns 'Finfluencers' To Keep Promotional Ads Lawful

    Britain's finance watchdog reminded firms on Tuesday that they are responsible for all of their promotions, especially when working with so-called finfluencers, who offer advice and information on financial topics on social media platforms.

  • March 25, 2024

    Pilot For UK Billionaire Says Stock Tips Case Is Too Vague

    A pilot charged with trading on insider stock tips from U.K. billionaire Joe Lewis told a New York federal judge Friday that prosecutors had failed to identify a piece of information that he knew was non-public, urging the court to toss the case.

  • March 25, 2024

    Man Denies Conspiring Against Game Host's Ex-Biz Partner

    A man accused of conspiring with convicted HBOS fraudster Mark Dobson to acquire a company from the ex-business partner of TV personality Noel Edmonds by undervaluing it has denied that any plot existed.

  • March 25, 2024

    FCA Warns Fund Managers Over Third-Party Supervision

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday it has found failings in how some hedge fund managers rely on third parties to help manage the fund, possibly undermining efforts to prevent financial crime. 

  • March 25, 2024

    UK Firms To Get More Influence On Pension Fund Investing

    British companies will probably enjoy greater sway over the investment decisions taken by their pension plans under new rules being considered by The Pensions Regulator, a consultancy said on Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Staveley On The Hook For £3.4M After Failed Court Battle

    Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley failed Monday to have a repayment demand from a Greek shipping magnate set aside as a High Court judge ruled that she had 21 days to hand over £3.5 million ($4.4 million).

  • March 25, 2024

    Lebanese-Owned Bank Breached AML Rules, Watchdog Finds

    Switzerland's financial regulator said Monday that Banque Audi (Suisse) SA has breached rules designed to tackle money-laundering and must give up 3.9 million Swiss francs ($4.3 million) in illicit profits.

  • March 22, 2024

    Investment Firm Fights To Save £43M Delayed Hotel Claim

    An investment firm pleaded with a London court on Friday not to throw out its £43 million ($54 million) claim against a hotelier who it says scuppered a hotel project in Scotland by demanding last-minute changes.

  • March 22, 2024

    JPMorgan Gets Early Trial On US Regs In Viva Wallet Dispute

    J.P. Morgan on Friday was granted an expedited London trial on some of the issues in its warring claims with the founder of a Greek payment company co-owned by the investment bank over the fintech business' value.

  • March 22, 2024

    Money Laundering Ringleader Jailed For £560K Bank Con

    A fraudster who set up sham carpet and furniture businesses as part of a money laundering scheme that lost banks £560,000 ($705,000) has been jailed for six years and four months, the U.K.'s Insolvency Service said Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    Glencore Cannot Deny Knowing It Was Corrupt, Investors Say

    Glencore cannot claim it "reasonably believed" it was telling the truth when it failed to disclose it orchestrated a global bribery scheme during an initial public offering that raised $10 billion, institutional investors suing the mining and trading group have said.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    4 Charged For Unregulated Water Investment Scam

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday it has charged four individuals with allegedly defrauding investors out of £3.9 million ($4.9 million) in an unregulated water investment scheme.

  • March 22, 2024

    UK Tax Avoidance Scheme Promoter Fined £900K

    A Liverpool-based company that promoted a tax avoidance scheme to medical professionals must pay a £900,000 ($1.1 million) penalty, according to a tribunal ruling published by HM Revenue and Customs on Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    87-Year-Old Billionaire Lewis Seeks No Jail For Insider Trading

    Lawyers for British billionaire Joe Lewis have asked a Manhattan federal judge not to impose any prison time after his plea to insider trading, saying a term of probation is appropriate because the 87-year-old is "nearing the end of life in declining health."

  • March 22, 2024

    Oil Shipper Fails To Have UK Sanctions Temporarily Lifted

    A Dubai-based oil shipping company failed in its attempt to have U.K. sanctions temporarily lifted after a London judge ruled Friday that the British foreign secretary has to review the decision to designate the company before the courts have jurisdiction to rule on its claim.

  • March 22, 2024

    EU Watchdog Fines Ratings Firm €2M For Conflict Of Interest

    The markets watchdog of the European Union said Friday that it has fined German credit ratings agency Scope Ratings GmbH €2.2 million ($2.4 million), and issued a public notice after it failed to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

  • March 22, 2024

    Audit Agency Backs Gov't Non-Financial Reporting Reforms

    The Financial Reporting Council voiced its support for the U.K. government's plans to update non-financial reporting requirements on Friday, emphasizing the importance of simplifying the framework to help companies access capital.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banksy Co. Calls Instagram Post True In £1.3M Libel Case

    The company that manages anonymous street artist Banksy has defended a £1.35 million ($1.7 million) claim that he posted a defamatory Instagram post about a licensing company using his artwork on clothing without his permission, saying it was substantially true.

Expert Analysis

  • Economic Crime Act Brings Changes For Limited Partnerships

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    The recently passed Economic Crime Act introduces significant financial transparency obligations for new and existing U.K. limited partnerships, and with criminal consequences for noncompliance, a degree of advance consideration is strongly advised, say Amelia Stawpert and Alex Jones at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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