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Issue 3

UK Government launches its consultation on the introduction of a UK re-domiciliation regime

On 27 October 2021 the government launched its consultation on the introduction of a UK re-domiciliation regime.

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Government powers to intervene in transactions on UK national security grounds: new regime now fully in force

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 introduces new powers to scrutinise and intervene in investment transactions in the UK. The legislation is part of a global trend towards introducing foreign investment laws which has seen a number of other countries introduce similar protections

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The Growing EdTech Sector amidst the Pandemic

Over the past two years of the pandemic, many industries have experienced economic turmoil. However, the EdTech (Educational Technology) sector has benefited from accelerated growth and investment during this period of economic uncertainty.

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New Year - new boilerplates needed for your contracts?

Following the UK Law Commission's (Commission) call for evidence on smart legal contracts, the Commission has concluded in its advice to the Government (Advice) that legislative reform to the current legal framework is unnecessary: English law is able "to facilitate and support the use of smart legal contracts".

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Asset managers and the FCA's new rules on climate-related disclosures

Following its June 2021 consultation, and in line with the UK Government's Green Finance Strategy, the FCA has published a Policy Statement setting out new rules requiring FCA-authorised asset managers (among others) to disclose how they take climate-related risks and opportunities into account in managing investments.

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The UK's Green Taxonomy and Sustainability disclosures – a roadmap for what 'good' looks like

One of the biggest challenges in the ESG sphere is the "alphabet soup" of sustainability disclosure reporting requirements. Without clear standards outlining what “green” or “sustainable” looks like, how do investors and consumers seeking to “invest green” or “purchase sustainably” develop the required trust in business?

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The financial promotions regime – time for a change?

HM Treasury has published a consultation into the UK's financial promotions regime, focusing on changes to three key exemptions relating to high net worth individuals and sophisticated investors (the Consultation).

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The Appointed Representatives regime – principals under scrutiny

On 3 December 2021 the FCA published consultation paper CP21/34 outlining proposed changes to the UK's appointed representatives (AR) regime (the consultation).

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Financial Promotions - high risk investments and cryptoassets

On 18 January 2022, HM Treasury issued its response to last year's consultation on financial promotions.

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