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Longer term tenancies? Potential implications for lenders

Walker Morris’ Housing and Banking Litigation experts Karl Anders, Justin Coley and Sandip Singh explain the UK government’s consultation on introducing longer-term tenancies in the private rented sector, with a particular focus on potential impacts for lenders…

Assessing creditworthiness in consumer credit: FCA publishes final rules and guidance

The results of a large-scale survey by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in 2017 indicated, among other things, that: 75% of UK adults had one or more consumer credit products or loans in the previous 12 months; 4.1 million people were “in difficulty” because they had already failed to pay domestic bills or meet credit […]

Open Banking, fintech and the Brexit hokey cokey

By Miles Trower London is, arguably, the most important global hub for financial services. As a result, the consequences of the Brexit vote, the ensuing uncertainty and the eventual transitional and regulatory framework applying to UK financial services and how it will continue to access overseas markets has been subject to huge speculation. Much of […]

FCA consultation on a Global Financial Innovation Network

By Russell Kelsall On 7 August 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation on the creation of a Global Financial Innovation consultation. With innovation in the global financial services market rapidly increasing, it is important for firms to consider the options for building, implementing and sharing experiences of digital solutions.

Austria: The DPA’s strict view on retention periods

At the end of July, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (‘DPA’) published its first decision on retention periods applying the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’; DSB-D216.471/0001-DSB/2018). The decision is final. The DPA had to decide for which period a provider of telecommunications services (hereinafter: the ‘controller’) may (respectively must) retain so-called master data, required for […]

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Rarely do corporate law firms and gangsta rap cross paths, but last week the two temporarily collided as headphone-maker Beats became Apple’s largest-ever acquisition. Beats, co-founded by Californian producer Andre ‘Dr Dre’ Young and music business mogul Jimmy Iovine, instructed West Coast firm Munger Tolles & Olsen on the deal. More surprising is that London-based […]

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FSCS on track to rack up £30m in fees over Keydata collapse

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is on track to rack up £30m in legal fees after instructing Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) to recoup money it paid out following the collapse of the Keydata investment scheme.  The FSCS has been pursuing 820 financial advisers firms for £75m of the £400m it paid out in customer […]

DLA Piper acts for Transfield Services on global refinancing

DLA Piper has advised Transfield Services on a major global refinancing. Melbourne-based partner Bill Glover led the Australian team that advised Transfield Services on the issue and sale of $325m (£193m) senior unsecured guaranteed notes in the US and international capital markets. Fellow Sydney-based partner Hugo Thistlewood led the team that advised Transfield Services on its […]

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Lost lawyers return to the fold

Firms welcome back lawyers as economy perks up Does absence make the heart grow fonder or is it simply that the country is back in growth mode?  Several lawyers are returning to jobs they left during the recession. In the past month, Taylor Wessing, Covington & Burling and Mayer Brown have all welcomed back old […]

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