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Financial services

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The financial services sector sits at the heart of domestic and international markets and politics.  World financial markets are increasingly connected, interdependent and sensitive, a fact highlighted in recent years by the global financial recession and underlined by the ongoing challenges for firms, governments and regions seeking to stabilise and grow in a constantly evolving environment.

Financial services firms, their clients, and those whose dealings bring them into contact with the sector, face a number of operational, regulatory and market challenges. The support of independent sector-driven, responsive, commercial and pragmatic legal professionals is crucial for those seeking to succeed in such a competitive environment. This extends beyond the traditional service requirement of advice and representation connected to direct contentious and regulatory issues, to ongoing strategic and tactical input relevant to firms’ operations, risk and market considerations, and the courage to challenge a firm’s plans and convictions from a technical and commercial legal perspective.

Our financial services group draws together a group of experienced and multi-disciplinary teams that provide contentious and non-contentious advice and support to the financial services sector. Drawing upon our deep sector knowledge and understanding, we advise across the broad range of our clients’ legal requirements with the empathy, commerciality and collaboration required to provide cost-effective solutions to the broad range of our clients’ challenges, whether simple or complex, short or long term.

What we do

  • Corporate and commercial - we assist with securing funding for your venture, establishing and shaping the structure of your business, guiding you through legal compliance and assisting with any corporate transactions.
  • Mergers and acquisitions - advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital deals, joint ventures and fund formation, particularly involving clients in the life sciences, healthcare, real estate, insurance and financial services sectors.
  • Banking and finance - specialising in acquisitions, refinancing, property finance, capital raising, security, and all other aspects of finance, including derivatives transactions. We act for domestic and international clients, including corporates, banks and other funders.
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy - we represent domestic and foreign clients in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, acting for local and foreign insolvency practitioners and stakeholders of financially distressed companies, as well as the directors and Boards of companies contemplating or facing insolvency.
  • Data protection and cyber - acting for global companies in respect of privacy implications of their day-to-day operations and development of new technology.

  • Financial services litigation - our domestic and international work for both local and offshore clients includes the prosecution and defence of claims, provision of regulatory advice, and coordination and management of offshore counsel in the context of often complex and competing factual, legal, legislative, political and strategic frameworks.
  • Commercial dispute resolution - we provide a full range of services to clients both nationally and cross-border including: advice on alternative dispute resolution; breach of commercial contracts; breach of restrictive covenants; breach of warranty; company law disputes; freezing orders; injunctions; misrepresentation; claims and shareholder disputes.
  • Financial Services Regulatory – we have a close understanding of the regulators and work with domestic and international firms to provide ongoing support and resolve regulatory issues from governance and compliance challenges to dawn raids and enforcement investigations. 
  • Insurance - in addition to providing non-contentious advice on conduct risk matters to our insurance market clients, we also act for insurers of financial institutions, who we advise on policy coverage, represent policyholders and their directors and officers, and undertake recoveries work following crime losses.

Recent experience

Focus on...

Press releases

Browne Jacobson announces financial results with 11% growth in revenues

Browne Jacobson has announced its financial results for 2021-22 with revenues up 11 per cent year-on-year to £94m, up from £85m. It marks the 13th consecutive year of growth with a 59 per cent increase in revenues since 2015 (£59m).

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Blogs

80% hours for 100% pay? That’ll do nicely

As has been widely reported this week, some 3,000 UK workers are taking part in a six month trial to assess the viability of a four-day working week without any reduction in their normal pay.

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Building Safety Bill – what’s coming and how will it affect you?

In anticipation of the adoption of the Building Safety Bill, our specialist compliance and regulatory team will give an overview of the measures proposed in the Bill.

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Blogs

Building Safety Bill amendments

In March the government proposed a number of changes to the Building Safety Bill. The new amendments propose additional protection for leaseholders to prevent them from being charged for cladding work if they own up to three properties.

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