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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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Weil Gotshal & Manges has been left with one tax partner in London after Ropes & Gray hired its star tax partner Brenda Coleman. Coleman will take up her new role on Monday (16 December) after five years at the firm, which she joined in 2008 from Allen & Overy (A&O). She spent 11 years […]

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Legendary advocate Sir Sydney Kentridge QC has now gone part-time at the age of 90. In the early part of his career in South Africa he was on the defence team representing Nelson Mandela in the 1958 treason trial. He later represented the Biko family of the inquest of the black consciousness leader. Biko’s champion […]

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By Byungkwon Lim, Emilie T Hsu and Aaron J Levy Beginning early next year, market participants may be required to execute certain interest rate swaps and credit default swaps on a designated contract market (DCM) or swap execution facility (SEF), rather than entering into such swaps over the counter. This trade execution requirement does not […]

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Clifford Chance and A&O win lead roles on Merck’s £1.6bn acquisition of AZ

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst and Clifford Chance have advised on German drugs and chemicals group Merck’s £1.6bn acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials. The transaction for the chemicals company – manufacturer of the chemicals used in electronic devices including smartphones, flatscreen TVs and iPads – is among the largest bids of 2013. AZ is incorporated […]

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