Banking and finance


Greenberg reels in new partner from Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is to lose another partner to a US outfit in the City, over a month after it was revealed that corporate finance partner Warren Allan is leaving for Proskauer Rose. Aircraft and rail finance partner Graeme McLellan is to join Greenberg Traurig. McLellan has been a partner in Stephenson Harwood’s asset finance team since […]

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White & Case adds further Latham clout in Milan

Eight years after re-launching its Milan office with a pair of partners from Latham & Watkins, White & Case has targeted its US rival again with two more lateral hires. Maria Cristina Storchi and Andrea Novarese, who have both been partners at Latham for more than 10 years, will join White & Case’s M&A and […]

Latham names new Madrid leader following death of Picón

A former partner of DLA Piper has been appointed as the new head of Latham & Watkins’ Madrid office, following the passing of Juan Picón last month.  Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, who joined Latham as a corporate partner in the Spanish capital’s office in early 2018, will take on the managing role effective immediately.  Prior to that, […]

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Weil Gotshal rejuvenates banking team with Ashurst hire

Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired a new banking and finance partner from Ashurst to strengthen its City offering. Paul Stewart is to join the US firm from Ashurst’s banking practice. His work is mostly focused on domestic and international transactions, and he has particular expertise in leveraged acquisition finance, syndicated corporate debt and debt […]


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Emerging opportunities in CEE healthcare

Central and Eastern Europe’s healthcare industry is fast emerging as an attractive destination for domestic and international investors, says research by Kinstellar and The Lawyer of over 100 corporates, financial investors and advisers active in the healthcare sector.

Irish banks’ toughest test

For Ireland’s banking sector, 2017 could be a significant year. Almost a decade on from the financial crisis Allied Irish Bank (AIB) which – along with Bank of Ireland, is one of the country’s two pillar banks – could return to private ownership in 2017.

Banking & Finance Briefings

Dividends subject to tax

Samuel Fernandes de Almeida, Tax partner, is quoted in an online article, published by the Angolan financial newspaper Mercado, discussing the changes in the Angolan employment income tax (IRT) code. The article details how the change introduced by Law 9/19, of 24 April, establishes that the distribution of profits to members of civil companies or […]

Alternative Investment Funds 2019 – Portugal

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Inês Moreira dos Santos What legislation governs the establishment and operation of Alternative Investment Funds? The activity involving the management, investment and marketing of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) is mainly regulated by the Undertakings for Collective Investment Law (Regime Geral dos Organismos de Investimento Coletivo), enacted by Law no. 16/2015 of […]

Alternative Investment Funds 2019 – Angola

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Carlos Filipe Couto  The activity involving the management, investment and marketing of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) is mainly regulated by the Undertakings for Collective Investment Law (Regime Jurídico dos Organismos de Investimento Coletivo), enacted by Presidential Legislative Decree no. 7/13, of 11 October (UCI Law). Law no. 10/15, of 30 June […]

Alternative Investment Funds 2019 – Mozambique

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Carlos Filipe Couto What legislation governs the establishment and operation of Alternative Investment Funds? Activity involving the management, investment and marketing of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) is mainly regulated by: the Undertakings for Collective Investment Law, enacted by Decree no. 54/99 of 8 September 1999 and amended by Decree no. 36/2005 […]

Recovering debts in a post Brexit Britain

By Paula Swain, Jason Byrne and Andrew Foyle This article looks at the possible impact for Credit Managers on our upcoming exit from the EU, and how they will recover debts from EU customers. Current Position Suppliers of goods and services to the EU will, in most cases, include a clause in their contracts dealing […]

Private equity in Northern Ireland: what should you consider?

By Andrew Jennings Global and domestic private equity funds have been increasingly active across Ireland in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue. In Northern Ireland, recent reports  suggest the number of early-stage private equity investments and buyouts is up in the first half of 2019 even as overall M&A deal value has […]

Luxembourg financial sector launches online portal for Brexit notifications

By Rebecca Mace-Balebs On 2 August 2019, the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority of the Financial Sector (CSSF) published press release 19/41 in respect of the opening of its online portal, eDesk, for the purpose of mandatory notifications in the context of Brexit. In its previous press releases (19/33 and 19/34), the CSSF announced that: firms licensed […]

Serbia tops global greenfield FDI performance index

By Petar Mitrovic, Dragan Karanovic Serbia achieved the top spot at the Greenfield FDI Performance Index for 2019 – fDi Intelligence, a Financial Times data division, placed Serbia as a number one in its annual Greenfield FDI Performance Index study. The Study, which looks at inbound greenfield investment in 2018 relative to the size of […]

Can settlement agreements be regulated credit agreements? High court decides

By Emily Morton Can settlement agreements be regulated credit agreements, and are lenders at risk of falling foul of the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA)? In CFL Finance Ltd v Bass & Others [2019] EWHC 1839 (Ch) the Court looked into whether settlement agreements need to comply with the CCA, and whether their […]

Spotlight on automotive industry: Introduction to the series and financing

By Miriam Simsa, Soňa Hekelová By outsourcing production of major parts of car components, carmakers have also outsourced a substantial amount of their financing needs and associated risks to their suppliers. Still, despite rather slim margins, the prospect of a fairly stable cash flow over a number of years has made the automotive supplier business […]

New rules for Canadian retail payments on way

By Jeffrey Roode In its budget released in March, the Canadian federal government confirmed that it plans to introduce legislation in 2019 to implement a new retail payments oversight framework.  It is proposed that the Bank of Canada will would oversee this regulatory framework. This is a significant development as it will mean that a […]

CIMA publishes regulatory policy on Licensing Requirements for Class C Insurance Companies

By Derek Stenson, Delia McMahon The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) published a new Regulatory Policy (“Regulatory Policy”) in May 2019 detailing the regulatory criteria applicable to applications for the granting of Class C insurance company licenses. The Regulatory Policy will be applied by CIMA in addition to the relevant provisions of the Insurance Law, 2010 (the “Law”) […]

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