Regulatory and compliance


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Mayer Brown partner set for SDT appearance

A partner from Mayer Brown’s London office is scheduled to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) later this year over historic allegations related to “know your client” checks. Corporate real estate partner Simon Price is set to appear before the SDT on 11 June for an initial case management hearing. The Lawyer understands that a […]

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Litigation boutique in SDT hearing over alleged AML failures

Litigation firm CANDEY appears before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) this week, alongside former partner Richard Morris, over allegations of anti-money-laundering (AML) failures. The matter regards a £24m deal for a Northumberland country estate in 2015. No actual fraud or money-laundering has been identified. The SRA alleges that the firm and Morris, who left for […]


Skadden swipes second finance partner from Linklaters

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has hired another finance partner from Linklaters in London. The US firm has snapped up financial regulation partner Sebastian Barling, who has spent the last 12 years at the magic circle firm. He was promoted to partner in 2018. Before his time at Linklaters, Barling spent several years at […]

Pinsents’ City office head leaves for DLA Piper

Pinsent Masons’ head of its London office is leaving after four years to join DLA Piper’s London corporate crime and investigations (CCI) team. Before joining Pinsents at the beginning of 2020, Sackey spent almost 13 years at HMRC in senior positions including deputy director of offshore, corporate, and wealthy investigations, and deputy director of criminal […]

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Orrick suffers second Italian hit with 15-lawyer loss to BonelliErede

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has been hit by a second mass defection in Italy this week, seeing a 15-lawyer team leave to join BonelliErede just days after another group moved to Hogan Lovells. The BonelliErede joiners will strengthen the firm’s risk, compliance and investigations (RCI) group, as well as its IP, privacy and IT team […]


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Star legal writers: regulatory and competition

This week’s top briefings writers from cover the regulatory and competition sectors, including how philanthropic fundraising through crowdfunding can clash with insurance claims, new UK public procurement rules, and Ukraine sanctions law.

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Crossing the divide: cross-border work and the Finance Team of the Year award

Cross-border work and political tensions are dominating this year’s entries for Finance Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. A complex sanctions and regulation landscape in Europe underpins many of the finance and banking work throughout the past year, with transactions impacted by international disputes and stringent regulatory requirements. This year, some of the […]

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From in-house counsel to business partner: what you need to know

A study published recently by PwC looking at the global state of information security shows that many organisations lack both clear leadership and strategies for tackling the security threats they face. Indeed, not only do many fail to know how many security breaches they suffer, but the annual survey of business executives reveals they feel […]

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Financier Worldwide roundtable: Corporate fraud

Financier Worldwide regularly bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss issues at the centre of their audiences’ interest. Shoosmiths were invited to contribute to the November 2021 roundtable which covers the significant, ongoing challenge many companies face: corporate fraud.

New ESMA guidelines for fund marketing communications

ESMA has published its final report and Guidelines on Marketing Communications which set out disclosure principles and requirements for any communications which market funds to EU investors. The guidelines have been issued in the context of the new EU regime on the cross-border distribution of investment funds, which come into effect on 2 August 2021.

Fund Finance Update – Will Jersey’s new sustainable investment disclosure requirements aid ESG financing?

ESG. Unless you have been living under a rock these last 18 months (in hindsight probably not necessarily the worst place to have been) you will have heard these three letters over and over again. The hot topic of 2020 is carrying on full steam through the course of 2021 so far. While ESG investing has been gaining steady pace over the course of the last half decade, the use of ESG in financing arrangements has seen a recent proliferation.

Online Harms regulation – getting closer?

The Government’s much anticipated response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation has finally been released but those seeking clarity at this stage may be left scratching their heads. It appears to represent no more than an indication of the Government’s direction of travel under considerable media pressure to ensure that “something must be done” […]

Balancing fear and greed: Does an expansion of the UK foreign direct investment rules beckon?

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles In 2018, new measures were introduced to expand the scope of government intervention in mergers. This year, the government’s briefing note accompanying the Queen’s Speech proposes new rules on investment screening. What does this mean for business? Our experts examine the existing UK foreign direct investment rules, and explain what any […]

Court finds power of inspection is limited in the event of litigation

By Serge Amar, Nicolas Dubé How does one reconcile the concept of equality of the parties before the court and the guiding principle of fair debate with a party’s statutory advantage of being able to obtain information and evidence from its opponent? Such was the question examined in Ville de Montréal c. Sanimax Lom inc., wherein the Superior Court had to […]

Q&A – Private client law in Portugal: overview

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira (partner), João Riscado Rapoula Tiago Marreiros Moreira (partner) and João Riscado Rapoula (managing associate) write for Practical Law da Thomson Reuters. In a Q&A format the lawyers make na overview of Portuguese Private Client legislation.

Proceeds of sale of school site lost due to operation of reverter

By Alan Corcoran, Charlotte Walker The closure of a school prior to its sale meant the use for which the land had originally been given had ceased and so the proceeds of sale did not belong to the local authority. This was the decision in Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council, which concerned the redevelopment of a […]

Leaked nudes and talent morality clauses: A lesson for the digital age

Not every morality clause is created equal and the parties must consider what they hope to achieve when drafting the clause in order to ensure their reputation is protected. In November 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed a leave to appeal application on the application of a morality clause. Certain lessons can be pulled from […]

Challenging an IVA on the grounds of material irregularity

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore In Gertner v CFL Finance Ltd [2018] the Court of Appeal found that there had been a material irregularity at the creditors’ meeting convened to consider the debtor’s IVA proposals. The lender’s breach of the good faith principle between creditors was sufficient to revoke the IVA on grounds of material irregularity.