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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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Burges Salmon falls behind Osborne in PEP stakes

South West firm Burges Salmon has seen its average profit per equity partner (PEP) fall below rival Osborne Clarke‘s for the first time in five years, despite a 13 per cent rise. PEP grew to £410,000 at the firm compared with last year’s £363,000 . However, Osborne Clarke’s PEP increased by 18 per cent to […]

White & Case boosts Frankfurt/London with dual hires

White & Case has raided Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges to boost its London and Frankfurt finance groups. The New York-based firm has hired Weil Gotshal equity partner Tom Schorling in Frankfurt, focusing on acquisition finance especially in the private equity arena with clients such as Texas Pacific and CSFB Private Equity. At the […]

Fried Frank adds seven to partnership

New York-based Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has promoted seven associates to the partnership, including two in London. Craig Arnott will head the firm’s European antitrust team in London and Rob McBride has been promoted in the London corporate team. The others are Michael Alter in the Washington DC tax department, Tommy Beaudreau in […]

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Modern firms need a brand identity. The right training can be a cost-effective way to ensure a consistent message. By Fiona Cunningham In conducting a review of training needs, matters such as increasing knowledge and developing skills are taken as read. These are the expected outputs from any investment in training, but with planning and […]

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