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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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Golden years?

As long-serving boss calls it a day at soaraway Clydes, does stability equal success? News that Clyde & Co senior partner Michael Payton had decided to stand down next year signalled the end of an era. Payton has been at the helm of the firm as senior partner for 28 years – since 1984. To […]

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Akin Gump, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters lead on $1.2bn MegaFon mobile deal

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have taken the lead roles as Russian telephone giant MegaFon acquires an indirect 50 per cent stake in Russian mobile retailer Euroset for $1.2bn (£750m). The deal sees Cyprus-based Lefbord Investments acquire a 50 per cent stake in Euroset. Lefbord is jointly owned by MegaFon […]

Law firm trio advises as British Land fills up West End development

Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB), SJ Berwin and White & Case all landed roles as British Land secured the first two pre-lets on its 10 Portman Square development. Saudi Arabian oil firm Saudi Aramco affiliate Aramco Overseas Company UK has agreed to take 24,392 sq ft of office space in the fourth and fifth floors of […]

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High noon on the high street

Cheap and cheerful brands threaten hourly billing model Former Clyde & Co COO David Jabbari may claim there is no direct market rival to his new firm Pannone’s referral network Connect2Law, but as his role is to build that network of 2,600 member firms into the UK’s leading legal brand he must surely take into […]

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