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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…

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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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Simmons & Simmons and offshore firm Ogier have landed lead roles on a dispute between beleaguered hedge fund Absoute Capital (AbCap) and a group of its investors. Simmons is advising an action group of AbCap investors who are disillusioned with the AIM-listed company’s proposals for restructuring some of its illiquid funds. Following the shock departure […]

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The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) €71bn acquisition of Dutch bank ABN Amro has been declared unconditional, making history with one of the largest ever bank takeovers. The RBS consortium, consisting of Belgo Dutch Fortis Bank and Spanish Banco Santander, beat Barclays, which made its original £80bn bid for the bank in March this year. […]

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Lord Mawhinney slams football deals

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has hit out at the lack of legal integrity in football players’ contracts. Speaking at a conference held by the British Association of Sports and the Law today, Lord Mawhinney said that few clubs and agents have respect for the contracts of their players. “I have lost count of the […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf closes first deal post merger

The first deal to be completed by newly merged firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has been closed by a London-based legacy Dewey Ballantine partner. Equity capital markets partner George Barboutis closed the deal two hours after the merger between Dewey and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae went live on 1 October. As such, the deal included […]

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