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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.

training and events

16May

how you can prepare for the GDPR - your legal toolkit - what do you need to do? London office

Join our experts to hear how you can prepare for the GDPR - book your place today

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8Jun

Show me the money: Brexit, Trump and the changing global economy London office

We welcome you to join our discussion on the future of financial services in turbulent political and economic times, led by a panel of global experts, offering a perspective on how businesses and their advisers can rise to the challenge and flourish despite the current uncertain landscape.

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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.

focus on...

The practical implications of The Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016

The long awaited Insolvency Rules 2016 came into force on 6 April 2017 and are the biggest change in insolvency law for the last 30 years. They reflect much more modern ways of working that will have an impact on creditors and, in particular, the insolvency profession on a day-to-day basis. Hear from commercial litigation and insolvency specialist, Chloe Poskitt on the subject.

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Legal updates

Accountants and auditors professional indemnity update

This professional indemnity update covers: testing witness evidence, inaccurate tax returns, disclaimers, and scope of duty.

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Financial services, anatomy of a fraud - hear what our experts and guests had to say

Hear from financial services litigation lawyer, Nick Pontt, commercial dispute litigation partner, Dominic Offord, and guests from a whole host of financial services institutions including Grant Thornton and British Bankers’ Association for an insight into our recent event focused on fraud.

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Hear from Helena Wootton for the latest developments in data protection

Helena Wootton talks about the result of the EU referendum and its impact on data protection reforms, together with an update on new directives.

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