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Smart legal contracts: The common law can handle them

In a recent report, the Law Commission of England & Wales (Commission) has concluded that our current legal framework is able to facilitate and support the use of “smart legal contracts” without the need for legislative intervention. Distributed ledger technology …

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Financial Services Winter update 2021

Private Equity disputes – Clawing their way back? The post-Covid economic recovery has seen high levels of M & A activity, with private equity firms eager to deploy funds following a muted 2020. Nichola Leach discussed whether this is likely to lead to an …

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ESG and Data Protection

Investors and the wider public are increasingly gravitating towards businesses that prioritise Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) credentials. Discussions around ESG investing commonly focus on factors such as minimising carbon emissions and broadening the diversity of staff and board members. …

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ESG and the Private Investor

In this recording of our recent virtual debate we discuss the extent to which the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials of a company or investment are considered when making investment decisions. Chaired by Collyer Bristow’s Janine Alexander and Ragavan …

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Disputes risks for FS firms: ‘greenwashing’ and ESG reporting obligations

Companies are increasingly feeling the pressure of mounting public interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. Financial services firms are no exception and in fact find themselves at the epicentre. ESG concerns are wide-ranging, spanning climate change, diversity and …

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FCA extends date of Temporary Registration Regime for existing crypto-asset businesses: next steps

The FCA further explained that while security tokens are investments for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act Regulated Activities Order 2001, as amended, (RAO), this would not always be the case for utility tokens and would not …

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Lessons for banks from subprime lender Amigo’s woes

Banks will need to carefully consider the implications of the UK high court’s May 24 decision to reject a scheme of arrangement proposed by British subprime lender Amigo Loans, on the grounds that the proposed scheme to deal with complaints …

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Financial Services webinar: Whistleblowing, sanctions regimes and launching a digital currency

Join members of our financial services team for this webinar discussing some of the latest issues in the industry. Whistleblowing – a new approach? Employment Partner Andrew Granger provides an update and overview following the FCA’s recently launched “In confidence, …

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Online financial scams: Google to vet advertisers following FCA threats

There is no doubt that the pandemic has boosted the amount of time that consumers spend online and, in turn, online scammers have ramped up their fraudulent advertising particularly on social media and search engine platforms. This advertising led the …

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance banned from operating in the U.K. by FCA

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been banned from operating in the U.K. by the Financial Conduct Authority, in the latest sign of a growing crackdown on the crypto market around the world. The FCA said  that Binance Markets Limited, the U.K. …

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