Financial Services UK

  • 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.

  • March 19, 2024

    New UK Gov't Program Will Promote IP-Backed Lending

    The U.K. government said Tuesday it will launch a program to drive banks toward more lending to businesses with intellectual property that can use their patents and trademarks as collateral.

  • March 19, 2024

    EU Parliament Committees Approve AML Laws

    Two European Parliament committees approved new anti-money laundering legislation Tuesday for the European Union to create a single rule book for all 27 EU countries and to establish a common enforcement authority.

  • March 19, 2024

    Metals Trader Loses Bid To Halt $500M Trafigura Fraud Case

    Metals trader Prateek Gupta failed on Tuesday to have a $500 million fraud claim from Trafigura put on hold as a judge ruled that pausing the case before full disclosure would be premature.

  • March 19, 2024

    Clydesdale Bank Beats Fraud Case Over Loan Interest Rates

    A London court dismissed on Tuesday claims that Clydesdale Bank and its former owner fraudulently misrepresented calculations for fixed interest rates on business loans and imposed unjustified charges for repaying early.

  • March 19, 2024

    Tycoon Denies Staveley Feared For Life Over Loan Demand

    Amanda Staveley was not under any duress when she signed new repayment demands that allegedly make her personally liable for a £36 million ($46 million) demand from a Greek shipping magnate, his lawyers told a court on Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    UK Energy Co. Fights To Deduct £2.5M Deal Advice Fees

    An investment holding company told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that £2.5 million ($3.2 million) it paid to Deutsche Bank and others for deals advice is tax-deductible because they were the "type of services procured all the time."

  • March 19, 2024

    Gov't Had 'No Option' But To Fire Worker Over Welfare Fraud

    A civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions cannot claim he was unfairly dismissed after he used his position to process personal claims for universal credit knowing he wasn't eligible, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 19, 2024

    AI Tool Automates Climate-Related Financial Risk Analysis

    The Bank for International Settlements said Tuesday that it has developed an artificial intelligence tool that analyzes climate-related risks in the financial system by streamlining large sets of data — and could pave the way for future research applications.

  • March 19, 2024

    FCA Sets Out Priorities For New Financial Year

    The Financial Conduct Authority detailed on Tuesday its new priorities for the next financial year, setting out plans to protect consumers and boost competitiveness in Britain and to make better use of data.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO's Fraud Trial Over $11.7B HP Deal Kicks Off

    Autonomy's former CEO Michael Lynch duped HP into buying his company at the inflated price of $11.7 billion, a federal prosecutor said Monday during opening statements in the British entrepreneur's criminal trial, while Lynch's lawyer countered his client had "all the money in the world" and no motive to commit fraud.

  • March 18, 2024

    HMRC Defends Response To Tax Avoidance Ploy

    The U.K. tax authority has rejected claims that it has been "heavy-handed" by applying the loan charge to users of disguised remuneration schemes, according to a letter released on Tuesday by the Treasury Committee.

  • March 18, 2024

    Prison Sentence Persuades Ex-Solicitor To Pay FCA's Order

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday that money launderer and ex-solicitor Dale Walker has paid a final sum of £33,500 ($42,600) required under a confiscation order, persuaded by a 62-day prison sentence for failure to pay.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-LC&F Chief's Legal Team Seeks Payment Upfront For Trial

    The £237 million ($300 million) London Capital & Finance investment trial was adjourned on Monday as the company chief's former legal team refused to come back unless they were paid upfront.

  • March 18, 2024

    Hayes Laments Judge's 'Catastrophic' SFO Interview Remarks

    A former derivatives trader said Monday that, although he had admitted to dishonestly submitting figures for a key benchmark interest rate, it was unhelpful, prejudicial and ultimately "catastrophic" that the judge presiding over his trial told jurors that his conduct was misleading.

  • March 18, 2024

    WTW To Launch 'Game-Changing' Climate Finance Solution

    Insurance broker WTW said Monday it is working to launch an insurance facility that it hopes will remove risks associated with loans to private companies, a move to protect them from threats linked to climate change.

  • March 18, 2024

    FCA Levies £5.95M Fine In Fake Dividend Tax Reclaim Case

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Monday it had decided to fine the former chief executive of Indigo Global Partners Ltd. £5.95 million ($7.57 million) and ban him from the industry for participating in a Danish tax scam that falsely reclaimed dividend taxes on shares.

  • March 18, 2024

    PA Unfairly Pushed To Quit Over Underground COVID Fears

    A trader unfairly forced his personal assistant to quit after demanding that she continue to work at his house despite her concerns about catching COVID-19 on the London Underground, an appeals tribunal has ruled.

  • March 18, 2024

    Serving Claims To HMRC By Email Made Permanent

    Claimants pursuing legal action against the U.K. tax authority in England and Wales will continue to be able to serve documents by email, HM Revenue and Customs said Monday, making the process it introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent.

  • March 18, 2024

    SFO's Ephgrave Targets Fraud In Push To Kick Down Doors

    The Serious Fraud Office's fifth new investigation in the five months since Nick Ephgrave took the helm shows the watchdog has focused on domestic fraud cases and delivered on the director's pledge to be bolder, lawyers say.

  • March 18, 2024

    Watchdogs Join Forces To Ramp Up Fight On Debt Collection

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday it is launching a joint effort with three other watchdogs to further scrutinize debt collection practices, ensuring that companies fairly treat consumers who are feeling the pinch from the cost-of-living crisis.

  • March 15, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO To Face Jury As HP Fraud Trial Boots Up

    Former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch's 2011 sale of the tech company he founded to HP for about $11.7 billion earned him around $804 million and acclaim in tech circles, but the British executive now faces up to 20 years in prison on federal fraud charges that he inflated revenue figures in a monthslong criminal trial slated to kick off Monday in San Francisco.

  • March 15, 2024

    Emirati Banks Deny Misleading Court To Get $31M Order

    Emirates NBD Bank PJSC has denied misleading the Dubai courts to secure court orders for 117 million AED ($31.8 million) to enforce loans it claims executives of a Kuwaiti opticians company owe.

  • March 15, 2024

    Investment Funds Fight For Disclosure In $1.2B Mining Row

    Two Brazilian investment funds lost their bid Friday to force a mining company to hand over board documents ahead of a trial over a $1.2 billion deal that went south, with the judge agreeing with the mining firm that the documents are privileged.

Expert Analysis

  • How The UK Investment Screening Regime Is Taking Shape

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    A recent order imposing remedies on an acquisition by EDF Energy highlights emerging trends in the U.K. government's national security reviews of transactions under the U.K. National Security and Investment Act, and shows how the U.K. remedy landscape compares to the U.S. regime, say lawyers at Arnold & Porter.

  • Consultations Underpin Mandatory Fraud Victim Repayment

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    The U.K. Payment Systems Regulator’s recent consultations on authorized push payment fraud reinforce its June policy expectation, which said that unless there is evidence of gross negligence and the consumer standard of caution has not been followed, providers must reimburse fraud victims, say lawyers at Hogan Lovells.

  • Swiss Privacy Law Reforms Present Divergences From GDPR

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    The differences between Switzerland’s recently reformed Federal Act on Data Protection and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, particularly around data breach reporting and the liability of company officers, will need to be carefully managed by multinationals that may have competing obligations under different laws, say Kim Roberts and Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel at King & Spalding.

  • New Legislation May Not Be Needed For Recovery Of Crypto

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    The recent seizure of cryptocurrency under a civil recovery order raises the issue of whether extended powers under the forthcoming Economic Crime Bill are necessary, with the ability to seize crypto-related items that may be the subject of a search order more likely to be of assistance, says Nicola McKinney at Quillon Law.

  • Opinion

    Russia Ruling Should Lead UK To Review Sanctions Policy

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    The High Court's recent dismissal of the first-ever court challenge to Russian sanctions in Shvidler v. Secretary of State sets a demanding standard for overturning designation decisions, highlighting the need for an independent review of the Russia sanctions regime, says Helen Taylor at Spotlight on Corruption.

  • German Competition Law May Herald New Enforcement Trend

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    The recent amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition is expected to significantly expand the powers of the German Federal Cartel Office, and could signal a global trend toward greater direct intervention by national competition authorities and political interference in competition law, say lawyers at Simmons & Simmons.

  • New Financial Services Act Leaves Few Firms Untouched

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    The recently published Financial Services and Markets Act 2023, which replaces retained EU law with U.K. legislation, is one of the most significant pieces of post-Brexit regulation, with key practical implications for actors such as investment firms and crypto-asset and payment service providers, say Tim Cant, Emma Tran and Bisola Williams at Ashurst.

  • FCA 'De-Banking' Clampdown May Need Gov't Backing

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    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s recent clampdown on unfair bank account closures will give customers greater transparency, but with terms usually skewed in the bank’s favor, it is a policy matter for the government to enact further protections for businesses and consumers, say Stephen Rosen and Jean-Martin Louw at Collyer Bristow.

  • UK Securitization Reform Opts For Modest Approach, For Now

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    Recently published consultation papers from the U.K. Prudential Regulation and Financial Conduct Authorities on new securitization rules mainly restate retained EU law, but there are some targeted adjustments being proposed and further divergence is to be expected, say Alix Prentice and Assia Damianova at Cadwalader.

  • Examining PayPal's Venture Into The Stablecoin Market

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    PayPal’s recent release of a stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar may represent a groundbreaking innovation or could fail as others have before it, and policymakers in the U.K. and the EU will be watching the impact of this new crypto token with a keen eye, say Ben Lee and Dion Seymour at Andersen.

  • High Court Dechert Ruling Offers Litigation Privilege Lessons

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    While the recent High Court ruling in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, which concerned torture conspiracy allegations against the firm, held that litigation privilege can be claimed by a nonparty to proceedings, the exact boundaries of privilege aren't always clear-cut and may necessitate analyzing the underlying principles, says Scott Speirs at Norton Rose.

  • FCA Consumer Duty May Pose Enforcement Challenges

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    The new U.K. Financial Conduct Authority consumer duty sets higher standards of customer protection and transparency for financial services firms, but given the myriad products available across the sector, policing the regulations is going to be a challenging task, says Alessio Ianiello at Keller Postman.

  • UK Insolvency Reform Review Shows Measures Are Working

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    The U.K. Insolvency Service's recently published review of legislative reforms to the corporate insolvency regime demonstrates that despite being underutilized, the measures have been shown to help viable companies survive, and with the current difficult economic environment, will likely be an important aspect of organizational restructuring going forward, says Kirsten Fulton-Fleming at Taylor Wessing.

  • More UK Collective Actions On The Horizon After Forex Ruling

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    A U.K. appeals court's recent decision in Forex case Evans v. Barclays is likely to significantly widen the scope of opt-out collective proceedings that can be brought, paving the way for more class actions by prospective claimants who have previously been unable to bring individual claims, say Robin Henry and Tamara Davis at Collyer Bristow.

  • FCA Listing Reform Proposals Aim To Modernize UK Markets

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    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recent proposals to reform listing rules will enhance equities while retaining protections and high governance standards, and will also make the capital markets work more efficiently and competitively with other global markets, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

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