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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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Referral relationships help independent firms to punch above their weight against internationals in an increasingly cross-border legal world. In a legal world increasingly characterised by global consolidation, having a strong referral network not only helps independent firms compete with their international rivals when trying to attract clients or break into emerging markets – it can […]

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DLA Piper’s Middle East and Kuwait managing partner Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout has resigned to launch his own boutique firm in Kuwait. Al-Yaqout has teamed up with Carlyle Group MENA general counsel Bader El-Jeaan to launch the firm, Meysan Partners. Restructuring and M&A lawyer Al-Yaquout took up the regional managing partner role at DLA Piper in […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised on the establishment of a Cayman Islands securitisation structure for Manitowoc Company. This was the 5th Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement. The Manitowoc Company is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with more than 100 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. It is recognised as one of the world’s […]

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Firm branding – it might get you in the room but it’s up to you after that

Pinning down elusive firm differentiation may soon be easier thanks to market forces, but will it actually deliver what we want? I have spent many hours over the years discussing how law firms can achieve differentiation in the market. The conversations are often very similar. First someone says ‘we have a very collegiate culture’. Then […]

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