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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…

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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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SJ Berwin mediation chief Shapiro goes freelance at 80

SJ Berwin mediation chief David Shapiro is leaving the firm. The 80-year old partner is to become an independent mediator to avoid conflict issues. Shapiro said: “I will miss them all: lawyers, secretaries, support staff…even management. “All the SJB lawyers, secretaries and support staff should know that I appreciate all they have done for me […]

Simmons retains managing partner

Simmons & Simmons has reappointed managing partner Mark Dawkins for a further three years. • Simmons & Simmons has reappointed managing partner Mark Dawkins for a further three years. Dawkins will spearhead the firm’s bid to expand its international corporate practice and secure more high-profile M&A work. Simmons announced double-digit growth last year and aims […]

Cleary and Sullivan scoop $19bn Citi equity offering

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Sullivan & Cromwell scooped lead roles on the $19bn Citigroup equity offering. The transaction is the latest investment bank equity offering to see sovereign and domestic wealth funds invest into banks since market volatility hit global banks’ profits worldwide in recent months. Lead partner at Cleary Gottlieb, Jeffrey Karpf, […]

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