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MP’s call for a ban on ‘greenwashing’ in financial services firms

Greenwashing is coming under increasing scrutiny from all angles, including MPs, regulators, NGOs and the general public.  It is also likely to give rise to legal claims, if investors and shareholders consider they have been misled about a company’s environmental …

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Financial Services Spring update

Join members of Collyer Bristow’s Financial services team as they discuss the latest issues facing the industry as we begin to emerge from the lockdown and come to terms with the impacts of the pandemic and Brexit. Nigel Brahams, Partner, …

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LIBOR TRANSITION UPDATE: q1 2021

FCA announcement on future cessation and loss of representativeness of the LIBOR benchmarks In March this year, the FCA confirmed that all 35 LIBOR settings will either cease to be published by the ICE Benchmark Administration and/or will no longer …

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Covid-19 and the regulators

As we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, in this webinar the team discuss: The impact of the Pandemic on SMCR and whether things will return to normal or to a new normal post lockdown. The latest guidance to …

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Business Interruption Insurance – FCA Test Case update

The FCA’s High Court test case, aimed at resolving the issue of whether business interruption losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are covered under certain insurance policies continues at an aggressively fast pace with a second Case Management Conference having …

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Is the post COVID-19 world a cashless one?

The start of lockdown in March saw the use of cash in the UK halve in a matter of days. This was spurred by the closure of shops, an increase in online sales, a shift to contactless payments and concerns …

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Real estate businesses facing LIBOR crunch, finds Collyer Bristow research

Real estate businesses are facing a LIBOR crunch, with over half of property businesses with borrowing yet to speak to lenders about alternative interest rate benchmarks, finds research commissioned by Collyer Bristow. Read the full white paper report, “Getting to …

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A new era for open-ended funds with illiquid assets?

The closing of redemption gates in several open-ended property funds after the Brexit referendum, followed by the 2019 Woodford saga, has shone a spotlight on the risk to investors of funds holding illiquid assets in stressed markets. The Financial Conduct …

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Court confirms status of cryptoassets as ‘property’

The claim followed an instance of blackmail using malware by the first defendant (persons unknown) against the claimant (a Canadian insurance company). The first defendant demanded a ransom of Bitcoin and the Applicant (the Claimant’s UK insurance provider) paid the …

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Libor transition and loans – what borrowers in the real estate market need to know

The London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) is the benchmark reference rate commonly used in commercial loans to calculate interest payments in variable (floating) rate loans.  LIBOR is now being phased out meaning significant changes for the loan and interest rate …

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