Britain's financial services have lost patience with the stalled political process and are transferring assets out of the U.K. regardless of what kind of Brexit deal, if any, the government seals with the European Union, their legal advisers said Wednesday.
New York’s top banking regulator has hit Barclays with a $15 million fine as part of a settlement announced Tuesday resolving claims stemming from the agency’s investigation into a push by the bank’s CEO to smoke out the source of two 2016 whistleblower letters that raised concerns about a recently hired executive.
A Conservative Party lawmaker has called on Parliament to investigate how executives at Lloyds Banking Group PLC established a compensation scheme for victims of a massive fraud at HBOS PLC, claiming the scheme is a scam to prevent small businesses from being paid out.
A London appellate court on Tuesday dismissed a set of claims by Ukrainian PrivatBank and its former owners that a lower court judge was wrong when he ruled on whether several transactions were exempt from a $2.6 billion worldwide freezing order or not.
A Guernsey-based trust manager on Tuesday denied owing more than £1 million ($1.26 million) after investors lost money in a failed Caribbean resort, telling a London court that it held no duty of care to the savers.
An appeals court in London on Tuesday refused to halt a Russian bank's $20 million lawsuit accusing International Bank of Azerbaijan of failing to repay a loan after the Azeri lender restructured amid financial woes, saying the bank can't permanently stop English creditors from pursuing their claims.
U.K. banks could be banned from charging higher fees to customers with unarranged overdrafts, the Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday, in what the regulator called the biggest market shake-up “for a generation.”
The Bank of England told the U.K.’s major banks on Tuesday that they must publicly disclose their plans for winding down without a taxpayer handout if they go bust, as it plans to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis.
The accounting watchdog is a “hangover from a different era” and should be replaced with a new and more powerful independent statutory regulator, a U.K. government report published Tuesday recommends.
The European Council and Parliament said on Tuesday they have agreed on a proposed regulation that will force banks to set aside more funds to prevent new loans from turning bad, in a move aimed at reducing the banking sector’s near-$1 trillion mountain of debt.
The U.K.’s antitrust enforcer proposed radical new laws on Tuesday to break auditing services away from consultancy work at the Big Four global accounting companies, in a drive to tackle "deep-seated problems" and concerns about conflicts of interest.
Attorneys for a former Société Générale SA executive accused of falsifying the Paris bank's submissions to the London Interbank Offered Rate argued Monday that living in France doesn't make their client a fugitive and urged a New York judge to consider the case's constitutionality.
The former CEO of the offshore Loyal Bank Ltd. asked a Brooklyn federal judge on Monday to let him avoid prison after he admitted helping a purported fraudster hide income from United States authorities in the first conviction under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2010.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday she will ask Parliament to vote on her Brexit plan early next month, just days after European negotiators said they won't rework the withdrawal agreement amid widespread opposition from British lawmakers.
Three U.S. regulatory bodies hit two American units of Swiss banking giant UBS Group AG with $15 million in fines Monday for not investing in resources necessary to combat money laundering since at least 2004, the agencies said in coordinated announcements.
Interdealer broker giant TP ICAP has sued Nex Group Ltd. in London, claiming the trading company failed to disclose risks of litigation linked to its employee income insurance plan when negotiating the £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) deal for Nex's voice broker group.
Deutsche Bank AG has hit back against legal demands in Italy over two interest rate swaps it set up for a municipal office in the lead-up to the financial crisis by suing the state-run body in the English courts instead.
The Financial Conduct Authority ratcheted up preparations for a no-deal Brexit on Monday by releasing proposed rules for European Union financial services firms whose temporary work wraps up after March so they might see out their contracts "in an orderly fashion."
The European Banking Authority warned lenders on Monday to explain the risks of Brexit to customers as quickly as possible, as the U.K. Parliament geared up for a key vote on leaving the European Union as soon as Jan. 14.
The European Commission detailed plans on Monday to continue to allow EU investors to trade in shares listed in Switzerland under MiFID II until June 2019, while the country is embroiled in negotiations that will allow it future legal access to the bloc’s market.
Claims management companies will have to meet tough new rules to obtain authorization by the Financial Conduct Authority from April 2019, which they will require if they are to operate within the law, the City regulator said Monday.
Law360 speaks to Jeffrey Golden, joint-head of 3 Hare Court Chambers, and ex-Delaware Supreme Court justice Randy Holland about the importance of building contacts in different jurisdictions, how 3 Hare Court has been breaking new ground and building up a strong global practice, and which key trends they’re keeping an eye on within the legal industry.
The Serious Fraud Office has landed another mixed result in its prosecution of several former Barclays and Deutsche Bank traders for manipulating Euribor, the latest in the white collar specialist's latest effort to hold individuals accountable for rigging key benchmark interest rates. Here, Law360 looks at the highlights of the SFO's long-running campaign.
With Britain less than a year from exiting the European Union, firms on Law360’s Global 20 have begun pushing deeper into the countries remaining in the bloc, adding offices and industry specialists in a shift that could rebalance how BigLaw works in the region.
While the broad theoretical considerations that are relevant to an economic assessment of whether a merger is likely to reduce innovation are undisputed, the European Commission's interpretation of the relevant economic literature in recent mergers is contentious, say economists at Cornerstone Research.
Earlier this year, U.K. Business Secretary Greg Clark announced that a public register containing details about owners of overseas companies that buy or own property in the U.K. will be made available by early 2021. While the true impact of the new register is difficult to predict, it is clear that the days of anonymous property ownership are over, say Simon Airey and Joshua Domb of Paul Hastings LLP.
U.K. financial regulators recently decided the first test case under the country’s whistleblower protection provisions in a matter involving Barclays CEO Jes Staley. The decision not to take action against Barclays calls into question the extent to which regulators will give teeth to the protections, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.
Following the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's announcement of its biggest-ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower awards, Chris Warren-Smith of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP discusses whistleblowing in financial service industries in different jurisdictions with other Morgan Lewis attorneys based all around the world.
In a recent speech, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office's joint head of bribery and corruption, Camilla de Silva, made it clear that deferred prosecution agreements will not be given out to each and every company seeking one. Self-reporting, internal investigation, cooperation and reform are all factors that the SFO assesses to determine which companies deserve DPAs, says Azizur Rahman of Rahman Ravelli Solicitors.
As digital currencies continue to evolve on the international platform, the anonymous and decentralized nature of cryptocurrency transactions could present a number of potential violations of U.S. anti-corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
The hearing of preliminary issues in LIC SAR & Empreno Ventures v. VTB Capital provides important insight into the range of issues that U.K. courts might consider hearing at the preliminary stage, and serves as a warning about potential wasted costs when engaging with complex matters in preliminary hearings, say Galina Usorova and Philip Gardner of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.
Despite potential market volatility, England's preeminence as a global litigation center will likely survive post-Brexit. Therefore, the litigation funding sector looks poised to benefit from new opportunities in this jurisdiction and abroad, say Daniel Spendlove and Johnny Shearman of Signature Litigation LLP.
The presumption of innocence allows U.K. directors access to company indemnities and directors and officers liability insurance when they defend against criminal proceedings. Despite some doubts, the presence of repayment extension in D&O policies should provide directors with additional reassurance, says Francis Kean of Willis Towers Watson.
The most obvious takeaway from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank is that non-U.S. corporations no longer need to fear Alien Tort Statute liability. But tucked within the decision’s holding and its various concurring opinions are other key points, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.