Spotlight — the global financial services disputes and investigations briefing

Welcome to the latest quarterly briefing on legal developments across the global network. Highlights this quarter include recent developments in Italian derivatives case law, an overview of the amendments made to Spain’s insolvency regulation and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issuing first-warning notices against individuals.



  • Conflicts of jurisdiction for the newly created and appointed Public Prosecutor for Financial Offences
  • A new definition of the extent of the obligation to inform in investment banking transactions 


  • The Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) confirms ad hoc obligation with respect to individual aspects of multi-step procedures (Decision of 23 April 2013 — II ZB 7/09)

Hong Kong

  • The new Companies Ordinance in Hong Kong — major changes to company law


  • Market Abuse Regime 
  • The meaning of gross negligence under the Payment Services Regulations


  • Italian fiscal monitoring regime and European law: a further incompatibility?
  • Recent developments in Italian derivatives case law: Court of Turin, 17 January 2014

Middle East

  • Arbitration in the Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Attachment orders

The Netherlands

  • Consolidation under the revised draft Netherlands arbitration law


  • Conducting group litigation in Poland 2014


  • Amendments to Spain’s insolvency regulation


  • FCA publishes first warning notices against individuals
  • European Court rules on the UK’s challenge to the powers of ESMA under the Short Selling Regulation — United Kingdom v Parliament and Council [2014] C-270/12

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