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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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Clifford Chance has strengthened its Dutch capital markets team with a new partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Pieter van Welzen joins the magic circle firm’s Amsterdam office in May where his main focus will be securitisation and structured finance. Van Welzen a qualified lawyer in England and Wales as well a qualified Dutch lawyer. The […]

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has announced plans to launch on China’s mainland after raiding local law firm Fangda Partners for a new recruit. The firm is set to apply to the Chinese Ministry of Justice for the registration of a Beijing office after it poached Beijing-based M&A partner Shaolin Luo to establish its operations in […]

Matrix fills management committee senior post

Clare Montgomery QC has been named as Matrix Chambers’ new management committee head. Montgomery takes over from Rhodri Thompson QC, who stood down at the chambers’ AGM last week. Matrix’s constitution sets two-year terms for the management committee head. Montgomery will be the fourth individual to take the role for the set, which was formed […]

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